Introduce Yourself: I am Vicki Gauthier of Prince Albert, SK and I make functional pottery for people to use in their home. I use handmade pottery myself at home as often as I can and I want others to know how great a handmade piece of art can be in everyday use.
What's Your Shop's Name? Penny Lane Pottery
What do you make/sell? How do you make it? I make functional pottery like bowls, mugs, plates, honey pots, wine cups and wine goblets. I make all of my pottery on a pottery wheel and fire the dried pots in a kiln in my home studio. I also mix my own glazes and decorate each pot before the final firing.
How long has your Etsy shop been open? I opened my shop in December 2012.
How long have you been doing your craft? I have been making pottery since 1997 when I moved to Prince Albert, SK.
How did you get started? I got started in pottery by taking classes at the Prince Albert Arts Centre. The three hours of my first class went by in an instant and I was hooked by the new skill I was learning. I was fascinated by the entire process of preparing the clay for throwing, learning to centre the clay on the wheel, making a pot, drying and firing the pot in a kiln. The decorating and glazing process was so creative and artistic and something that I had never been exposed to before. I was thrilled at what a magical transformation a glazed pot goes through in the final firing in the kiln...spectacular results!!!
Where can people find you online?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vixbug @vixbug
What do you like about selling on Etsy? I love selling on Etsy because my pottery has been shipped across Canada, the U.S. and even to Singapore! Selling pottery in person at art sales is also a great experience since I'm able to interact directly with my customers. But selling on Etsy exposes my pottery to so many more potential customers and people are really excited when they've made a purchase, they can't wait for their purchase to arrive.
What brought you to Etsy? Someone I met at an art sale introduced me to Etsy as an online platform for selling. When I investigated what it would take to get my shop up and running...I knew it was a good fit as another selling venue for my business.
What's been your best Etsy experience? Etsy has been a fantastic addition to my business. Every selling experience has been great. My most challenging and most fun sale was to a woman living in South Africa who was travelling in France and shipping 2 bowls to the neighbour of the bride - her niece (living in Boston). Thankfully the bowls arrived just before the wedding, all in one piece, and the bride loved the gift!
Is there anything else you would like to share with us about your shop or yourself? My Etsy shop is a great venue for selling my pottery outside of Saskatchewan. I sell in person at the Evergreen Artisan Market in Prince Albert every year and I will be selling at Sundog Arts and Entertainment Faire in Saskatoon this year too. While these are great venues and my local customers come to see me at these sales, Etsy provides a great platform for expanding my customer base.