Meet B'sue Boutiques Design Team Member, Kelly Cote!
She is the newest maker on our team:
Recently, Kelly and I had a little email 'chat' about what it was, that got her interested in jewelry making. She told me:
"I'd been doing arts and crafts since I was a little girl, with my Grandma. I've done a little bit of everything over the years, except make jewelry. I got an interest in making jewelry several years ago when I bought a necklace kit at a craft store, but never did anything with it.
Then, my husband's book was published. One of the main things in the book is a necklace, a necklace once owned by Charlemagne. I had an idea to re-create this necklace to help him publicize his book. (LONG LIVE THE KING: BOOK ONE OF THE CHARLEMAGNE SAGA).
Well, I failed miserably at duplicating that pendant, but in the process of trying to figure out how to make it, the B'sue Boutiques You Tube channel, and I was hooked!
I called my first few necklaces the "Charlemagne Collection".
Here is one of my first necklaces:
Kelly goes on:
"I got started learning to make jewelry by watching pretty much every B'sue video on You Tube I also purchased a few books for beginning jewelry making. I started doing farmer's markets within just a few months of starting to design. I knew early on that I wanted to actually sell my jewelry, so I made it as close to a full-time job as possible, dedicating as much of my free time as I could to making jewelry. Once I started making some money with my jewelry sales, I invested in jewelry classes, which I still take, now."
Kelly at the Farmer's Market where she sells her jewelry:
When I asked her what she finds most challenging as a new jewelry artist, she replied:
"That would be creating my 'brand' and a 'cohesive look' for what I'm designing. Really, I'm just finding my way as a jewelry artist! I feel like a kid in a candy store, running all over the place trying every new thing I see. I do resin, I do polymer clay, I solder. It's a lot of fun! I have a great time dabbling and learning all sorts of things, but I also want to build a business. So I'm setting a goal for myself right now to be more focused! And then, I intend to go full speed ahead."
I wondered if she had a business plan, or a list for success that she could share. She does!
Kelly's plans are to:
1. Continue to expand social media outlets. She says, "They are all so important! I started a DIY video channel at You Tube, and want to keep making videos for that. I want to work to be more consistent with Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and my blog."
2. Continue to take classes, learn and master techniques, and develop new ones!
3. Continue to work on her personal brand.
4. Build an Etsy shop!
5. Consider building her own website.
Those are very ambitious goals, considering that Kelly has a full time job as a fifth-grade teacher. But as a teacher, she's got long holidays and summers off. She works hard to make the best of that time.
"I've made our home office into my own workshop, my husband doesn't mind! This allows me to start working on a project, leave it setting out, and then maybe work on it a bit at night after work. Sometimes it's hard to have the energy, but if I have a show coming up on a Saturday, I know that I HAVE to do that! It's also a good thing that I'm married to someone who is also creative and understands my need to be creative, too."
Sounds like a dream!
This piece that Kelly made (in polymer clay) reflects her desire to do the work and make it happen! It is made with polymer clay using some little bits from B'sue Boutiques , and some of our bead and link chain.
Doing the work is the only way you can make it happen. It's not a bad idea to step back and count the cost first....both in time and in money! But you have to jump in and start swimming, if you want to be a jewelry designer.
I think Kelly is on her way! That is why I chose her to be a Design Team member....I think her insights and experiences will prove to be encouraging to YOU.
Here is Kelly's You Tube Channel: