Curiosity. I found myself looking at various styles and wondering if I could create a more affordable version while making it my own. I started experimenting through tutorials and learned bit by bit.
How did your Etsy shop come about?
Encouragement from friends, mostly. It was a new world to me but seemed like a logical first step into the crafting world. It was also a good fit for my introvert personality to be able to work from home.
The name is pretty cool, what made you decide on this?
I'm horrible at picking names and probably spent entirely too much time obsessing over it. The shop actually used to be called In Bloom Gallery as I had originally had my charcoal artwork listed too, which is mainly floral themed. Since I've moved sites I took the opportunity to change the name to focus the shop just on jewelry; most of the jewelry I use features glass beads, so my sister suggested the new name which is french for luxurious glass.
What drives you to create?
Anything, really. It could be a certain color I see, a new fashion, or even just a new type of bead.
When did you first start your craft? I started sculpting and casting jewelry a little over a year ago (2013). I've been sculpting since I was a kid but it wasn't until a few years ago that I found out about Polymer clay and realized I could pursue sculpting seriously. How did you discover your talent? Well first I'd say that my talent lies in the fact that I'm a ridiculously tenacious and stubborn when I want to be. I've always played around with sculpting; from making small monster figurines out of Play-Doh when I was a kid, to taking pottery and sculpting classes in school.
Candice is a self-taught jewelry artist who specializes in personalized and heirloom handcrafted jewelry. She drinks entirely too much coffee and can be spotted tripping over her own feet on several occasions. Candice currently lives in North Carolina with her husband Daniel and together they run a private dog rescue.