For today’s interview please welcome Lesley, a potter and ceramicist, who you can find over on her website www.lesleymcshea.com.
1. Firstly, please introduce yourself and tell us a little about where you are based, for example in which country and part of that country? My name is Lesley McShea, ceramicist / Punk Potter. I reside/ pot in my studio (15 years last year) Church Street Workshops in Stoke Newington, London, England N16.
2. Please tell us a little about the nature of your craft/design based business. I produce one off combined wheel thrown/ pressmoulded functional stoneware vessels, birdbaths, urns amongst other items.
I exhibit several times a year in Galleries, and have a Folksy shop on my website: www.lesleymcshea.com
I also teach Adults of all abilities, and also run pre booked classes in my studio. I run Birthday and Hen parties as well.
3. How did the idea for your business come about and how love have you been established? I set up my workshop upon completing my degree in 1992, and have been creating since then.
4. How do you decide what to make, and how do you come up with your great ideas? The ideas seem to evolve, often morphing into other than my initial ideas.
My brightly painted animal print designs came about after decorating my husbands leg plaster cast, which he has had to wear for over 24 months, changed monthly with a different design each month, due to diabetic Charcot foot.
5. Do you undertake your business on a full-time basis or do you have other work/family commitments? I run my business on a part time basis, as I also work in a college as part time Tutor and Ceramics Technician. I also care for my husband.
6. Tell us a little about your typical day and what is involved in running the business? My typical day is never typical, as every day has different challenges, no two days are the same. They usually relate to Ceramics at some point, juggling travelling between home, college workplace–(one and a half hours journey on a good day)–and via my studio, not necessarily in that order. Many students are catered for, and I seldom have “me” time for my work…
7. What advice would you give to others who are considering running a craft based business? I would always advise to have “proper” paid work to rely on, for the lean times, so at least there is money for food.
8. As this is Art of Crafts I have to ask, do you enjoy any crafts yourself in your spare time? If so, please tell us more. I adore doing my own Ceramic work, it is my passion and my sanctuary. I do love animals, especially bats. Architecture. Punk Rock and Roll bands, music, and singing loudly when I am alone.
9. Finally, if people want to learn more about your business/website do you have a web address, Facebook page or Twitter profile where they can find out more ?
Some of My websites are:
www.lesleymcshea.com (My own website)
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lesley.mcshea Ceramic Customised Hand Made Designs by Lesley McShea
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