We asked Kay Lancashire a few questions to get behind the business and to see what you can expect when you stop by her stand. Kay’s Artycles is attending all four shows in 2014, check out the Kay’s Artycles website prior to going to a show and let her know if you want certain items. Kay is very helpful.
How did you come to set up your business?
As a jewellery artist I was constantly trying to source findings for my work to give them that unique finish that would set the pieces apart from ‘everyday’. This meant sometimes purchasing bulk lots from overseas, leaving me with stock I needed to sell off. This escalated when we opened a bricks and mortar shop to sell both my work and the beads and findings. Although I no longer have that shop, my online store continues and I sell my work via galleries in our region. I focus particularly on findings and the means to make unique findings.
What’s the best part of running your business?
The best part of running my business is meeting with and sharing with amazing and talented artists. I love to share what I know and glean interesting and useful information from others.
Where do you sell online, shopfront or at shows?
My focus is online and shows, however customers can make appointments and visit me here in the studio at my home for a unique shopping experience 😉
What do you like about attending a show?
I love introducing new products to customers, this is an opportunity for them to see how a product is used, ask questions, buy up and build a relationship with us for future purchasing online.
What questions do customers ask most often and what do you reply?
“I have this piece and I’m not sure how to finish it(what clasp to use), what do you recommend?” I work with the customer’s taste and preferences and use my own extensive knowledge for the best outcome.
Which of your products excites you the most.
That’s a tough one, I’d probably say my clasps as I’ve got so many I’ve not actually counted them, but I’m up to over 400 products in a variety of styles and finishes. My biggest challenge is to get them all ‘online’
Just one idea Kay has put together, from product to finish item, Kay is full of ideas and supplies the items to fuel your creativity
Do you create with your products yourself and if so what do you make. Do you have other creative pursuits?
Most definitely!!!! My first love is my jewellery work. I do pursue other arts and crafts namely sewing, fibre arts, mosaics, music, calligraphy, painting and drawing but not much time is devoted to them lately.
Another project idea from Kay