Sunday, June 21, 2009

Featured Seller - Living Glass Art

Your first name, and your store name?

Anna Varney livingglassart

What part of the world are from?

Tennessee, USA between Nashville and Memphis

What does customer service mean to you?

Everything, really. My joy is creating and I'm thrilled to be able to share my joy with my customers. When it comes to custom designs for a client, I will work with them until a design is to their liking even if it means weeks of discussion and design approval. I work alone so that means I am the designer, the producer and packaging engineer. Since glass is a fragile item, I take great care in packaging to assure the item arrives at its destination undamaged.

What is your most memorable experience with a customer?

There have been so many. Most recently, I created a piece, a stained glass cat face ornament, for a client of her cat who was very ill. She received the piece and the very same day her cat passed away. The piece, she says, warms her heart to see everyday and has eased in her pain since she misses her cat so much.

What sets you apart from other sellers who are selling similar items?

All of my works are original in design. I take great care in selecting quality materials. If they don't meet my standards I won't use them. I like to think that I'm creating unique works that make people say, "Wow".

How did you learn the skills that make you successful today?

Life experiences. As far as my craft is concerned, I'm basically self taught. I took one 8 hour class and set out on my own. I've held a number of different positions in a variety of fields and I guess I've learned a little bit from all of them.

What is your goal for the next year?

To develop new and exciting designs and to work on my organization skills.

What keeps you motivated when sales are slow?

My desire to create is so strong I suppose its self motivating.

What do you do to attract new clients and encourage repeat business?

Not as much as I need to at the moment. I need to investigate different options for advertisement.

If you could share one piece of advice with someone who is considering opening their own store of handmade items, what would it be?

Create something that you love. If you don't love what you do don't expect anyone else to love it either.
Thank you Anna! Your beautiful stained glass artwork blew us away. Such stunning colours and interesting designs that would suit many homes, at very reasonable prices. One of our favorite pieces is showcased above, called Aqua Blue Hanging Stained Glass Panel with Glass Bevels, available for $100 USD.

Check out Living Glass Art for a beautiful variety of stained glass art.

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