“I just do glass.”
A simple statement, and one I’ve come to realise really underestimates Blueberry Glass. For such a long time now (in fact 15 years!!), Blueberry Glass has been the thing that keeps me inspired, motivated and happy.
So why that statement? Well basically other people. In other social and sometimes work circles, when I’ve been asked “what is it you do?” I’ve almost always responded in a rather apologetic way. I work from home, by myself for myself….a craftworker (or at least that is what the car insurers call me, they struggle to find any other description to pidgeon-hole me in to), a ‘designer’ – well yes, I do design everything I make too. A manufacturer – yes, I make things!
But is that the entire picture? Not really. It would be too easy to think that my business is only about making pretty things to sell. There’s the admin, bookkeeping, stock control, marketing, advertising…not to mention the events list I attend each year. Like any business, these are just as important for ‘working from home’ in order for things to run smoothly as any other.
But would I have it any other way? NO! I LOVE what I do, I don’t resent Monday mornings or the office politics, the commute to work is no more than a few steps and best of all….I get to be creative every day J It’s never been 9 – 5 and I don’t want it to be either. I quite often have a cat appear at my feet meowing because I’ve missed the fact lunchtime was hours ago!
Thesedays I am more likely to say “I’m a maker, I design produce and sell fused glass both online and at events, and supply a number of galleries and giftshops.” I am proud of Blueberry Glass, it’s come a long way from a small kiln and a handful of ideas, people recognise my work and it continues to be popular. The day I wake up and feel totally uninspired will be the time to stop. It hasn’t happened yet and to be honest, with the sketches of ideas taped all over the wall of my workspace I don’t see that happening soon!
That’s me J