Last May brought with her a lot of personal challenges for me. I had just had surgery on my broken foot (to "really fix it this time"), my boyfriend had just received a generous job offer in a new city, I hadn't made anything in my studio for well over a month, and I felt stuck in a rut. I spent a lot of time thinking, complaining, and feeling sorry for myself. My boyfriend and I decided we would go 2 months at a distance. I would keep my job in Kansas, and he would move and start his new job in Omaha, Nebraska. During that time I was supposed to figure out what I needed to do to get myself to Omaha to be with him.
I put in my notice at my job and left my homestate of 25 years to start a new chapter, and decided now was as good of a time as any to give my ceramics 100% of my attention. It's been almost 2 weeks of self-employment so I can't say that I know exactly what I'm doing, but I've had such a great 2 weeks that I ask myself why it took me this long to give my ceramic shop a shot at success. Etsy has been a huge support in my creative endeavors, and I've connected with customers and other creatives that I never would have had the chance of knowing otherwise. (I'm pretty sure that's how I first connected with Corina.)
My studio is in my basement. My wheel, my kiln, my casting station, glazing table and gold leaf areas are all set up down there. It is a space that truly makes me happy. The chance to spend everyday down in my studio focusing on building my business and growing my art is a dream come true, and one I never thought would happen to me at age 25. I put in a lot of hard work, a lot of mistakes taught me things I never would have learned otherwise, and I'm growing each and every day. Hard work and determination really pay off. Every sale I make tells me I've made the right decision.
Each day is a little different. I love the mornings when I get to head down to the studio with my coffee mug a survey my kingdom. Look back on what I accomplished the day before, plan out what I need to accomplish today. Somedays it's all about making new work, other days it's all about glazing pots for a kiln, or applying gold leaf. I love how each day is a little different, they still present challenges, but it's the type of challenge I enjoy working through. It's a great feeling to get to start your day doing what you love, and end your day doing what you love. Oh, and did I mention I live with the one I love? It's all pretty grand!
I really don't feel ready to hand out advice of my own, but if someone asked for it, I'd say the most important thing is to believe in yourself, and the rest comes with a lot of hard work. But you can really do it if you just take the leap to make it happen. Stop dreaming about it, and make it your life!
"Like Emily said, that's how i met her. I was instantly in love with her original style in ceramics, the combination of color (and what a great choice of color!) and glorious gold leaf.
Not to mention her amazing and inspiring blog, that has a unique and wonderful style on it's own. Emily Reinhardt aka The Object Enthusiast, is definitely one to watch!" - Corina
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