This week’s Shop Talk, brought to you by Jaclyn1423, introduces you to Page Pottery, husband/wife team JR and Kristen Page. The couple met in an art class and even purchased their wedding rings on Etsy. (They also appear to be Stephen King fans, which has nothing to do with this but makes this blogger/jewelry maker a very happy camper.)
Shop name: Page Pottery
Hometown: Waynesville, North Carolina, which is near Asheville
When did you join Etsy? Feb 12, 2008
How did you get started with your shop? (Kristen’s) mom suggested it. She has always been extremely supportive and helpful in encouraging our art and business. She runs a shop, too. Check her out at the Etsy shop wineland if you love homemade candy and bath products.
How did the two of you meet? Me and JR met after I had graduated from the Professional Crafts Program of Haywood Community College in North Carolina, and JR was just starting there. We had both signed up for a raku kiln building class. It was definitely love at first sight. We had to partner up and help each other cut the metal parts. Our teacher told JR he noticed sparks flying, and JR blushed. Our teacher was talking about the metal and not us!
What are some of your favorite purchases from Etsy? Is a tie between our wedding rings from Down to the Wire Designs and the coolest pair of handmade shoes from Le soleil du automne. They are amazing shoes.
What does “success” mean to you in terms of your Etsy shop? To us, it means that the shop is profitable as well as enjoyable.
What’s the coolest compliment you’ve received from customer? It was from a friend who bought a mask, and her son loved it so much he made drawings of it.
What is your favorite item for sale in your shop? Our favorite item in the shop is this large pet urn. It is art that honors the life of a a loved one. We have been making urns for sometime now. We started making urns because a neighbors’ horse passed on, and they knew that we fired some horse hair raku. We incorporated the hair from their horse onto the urn, and it was a very rewarding experience. Since then we’ve made all different types of urns.