MsAnomaly's interview with Cher of StuStuStudio
1. When did you open your Etsy store and begin selling?
September 25, 2007. I opened my first store in 2006, but had to close it because of a family emergency and they didn't have a vacation mode in those days. So, some of my replies will apply to both. Stick with me, you'll see why in the next answer!
2. How did you select your shop’s name?
Aha! The first shop, and one of my alter egos is CheyenneGlass. I borrowed the name of my little "pocket beagle" Shy~Anne. She was named that because she was shy. Well, terrified was more like it. We got her from the shelter and she was sooooo sweet, but timid and scared of men. I hadn't had her very long before I had open heart by-pass surgery and mainly due to my inability to take anti-allergy meds, she was adopted by my son, DIL & GS. Grandson was just as shy, but they became buds and neither of them are anything remotely resembly shy anymore. But the name stuck. I still have me website under the name http://www.cheyenneglass.com/.
StuStuStudio came about because my first studio was so tiny that when I took a picture of it, the term 'studio' was bigger then IT was, so I shortened it to 'Stu'. Well, obviously the next 2 words off of my pen was Stu Studio. Phil Collins rules!
3. What do you create and sell in your Etsy shop?
Hot Stuff! Kiln formed glass for jewelry, clocks, 'spa vessels' (aka sink) etc.
4. How did you become involved in your craft?
For 20 years I really didn't do well at traditional leaded glass, so when mosaics became popular, I jumped on it. I made everything from the stepping stones to garden benches. Heavy!! My DH got smart and bought me a kiln for Christmas, against my better judgement. I spent months trying to learn, and finaly drove to Corning NY for classes. I now own 3 kilns.
5. Explain your favorite part of the creative process.
Having something come out of the kiln the way you hoped it would, or even beter.
6. Do you sell in another Etsy store or anywhere outside of Etsy? If so, where?
I've got a destash store, StuStuStudio2.etsy.com and I've started the bare bones of a shop on Artfire. My website could eventually become a shop. Right now it's a brochure.
7. So far, what project are you most proud of? http://www.flickr.com/photos/1cher/2793999284/
8. What advice can you give to someone who would like to learn your craft?
Have a passion for glass, then lots of time, money and effort! It's been as much of a science as an art.
9. What motivated you to join the Etsy Beagle Street Team?
Here is ShyAnne (top) visiting me, and Brando looking pathetic. http://www.flickr.com/photos/1cher/2446072136/
Here is Brando & Stella, and Brandos' personals ad. http://www.flickr.com/photos/1cher/2408293607/
You'll notice the the little Stella gets the big bed, while Brando prefers to tighten up into a little-big ball of fur. My first encounter with a beagle was years ago, when a stray old beagle informed us that he'd be living with us. He was ultimately named Trouble, which he never was. Trouble and Stella are aarrrrooooing on the other side now, best buds, I'd be pretty sure. In short, I am a beagle rescue group.
10. Any other places we might find you (Flickr, blog, MySpace, etc.)?
I'm here, I'm there, I'm everywhere!
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