Featured Artist: Ceraminic

Meet Ildi from Ceraminic on Etsy. Her handcrafted ceramic designs are delightful! As I have said many times in the past, I feel very fortunate to have met so many talented artists and crafters through both my blog and my shops.

This month I am happy to introduce you to my friend Ildi, from Ceraminic on Etsy. I think you'll agree that her designs are absolutely delightful in their elegant simplicity.

Who are you and where are you from?

I'm Ildi, a psychotherapist and an economist, mother of 2 girls and a ceramic lover from the Netherlands. I like to see our world in a creative way and I am very interested in most of the things that have to do with crafts. As many other girls, I learned knitting at a young age, then I started sewing clothes for my dolls, made cross stitches, tried decoupage techniques, glass and silk painting and at last started pottery.

Meet Ildi from Ceraminic on Etsy. Her handcrafted ceramic designs are delightful!

What do you create?

I really enjoy the process of making pottery: I sit down at a table with clay and try to make something that I have an imagination of. I want something and the clay wants something but in the end I can work until I am most satisfied with the outcome. For me, the best part is after the first kiln firing when I can paint with bright, shiny colors and decorate in different ways. I love the tiny details, I do have patience to work with really small things to achieve those fascinating patterns.

What or who inspires you in your crafting?

First of all, it would most definitely be my ceramic teacher. She always said, start to make something and let the clay built itself. Sometimes I’m not really satisfied. I’m just sitting there and watching her books. She has thousand of books and magazines about ceramics.

We like walking. In the forest I always see something with an interesting shape or color, as well as beautiful plants and bugs.

The Internet is also very useful, where I find myself searching a lot.

What is a typical day for you?

I really force myself to live and work as a normal full time job employee. I'm waking up with my computer, check my mails, making, packaging and posting my ceramics. I’m a night owl and like to create new things in the evening, painting at night.

Summer is a perfect time to prepare my shop for Christmas. I enjoy the process of creating new Christmas ornaments, figure out the new sales strategy, because fall and winter my main season.

Ceramic Christmas ornaments handcrafted by Ceraminic on Etsy

What projects are you the most proud of?

I’m looking for success and I’m so glad so many people are happy with my ceramics. Once a lovely lady asked me special hearts. She works for a children hospital and the hearts needed for an auction:)

What is the most important thing in Internet Selling?

I think the photos. I make new design every year and retake photos some of my items regularly. I often ask my photographer friend, Kriszta for help. On the picture she is with my daughter, one of my models :) (Learn more about Kriszta on her Facebook page.)

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