*Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.I'm from Atlanta, Georgia. I've lived here most of my life but have bounced around a little. I always seem to find my way back because my family's here.
*How did you decide on your shop name? Why did you start your business?I love marketing and was looking for a business to start. Although I did go to art school in London, England, my major is in Small Business and Entrepreneurship. I had seen alot of artists selling on ebay and knew I could be successful there. Ebay was responsible for most of my national and international sales and then I found Etsy a few years later. At first, I was going to call my shop "Copperworks Studio" but there already was one so I just put the "Atlanta" with it to form "Atlanta Copperworks Studio".
*What are 5 things you want people to think when they see your product?"Wow".,
"I've never seen anything like this before",
"This looks different every time I see it",
"I know the perfect place for this",
"I have to tell everyone about this"
*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?I don't know that I really have a supply addiction, but I do have a supply fear. Once my copper art started selling, the copper I use was discontinued at alot of the big hardware stores. Although now I special order it, there was a time when I was really scared. It's crazy to have somethng that is selling well and then you can't find your materials anymore. So, I once found about 20 rolls of copper marked WAY down. I drove nearly two hours across town to buy up as much of it as I could. Everyone was asking me what the heck I was buying so much copper for. I'm sure I looked pretty strange with a whole shopping cart full of copper.
*What do you do when you’re not being an artist? What activities do you enjoy?I love marketing. It seems I"m always trying to learn something new or put a new twist on the way I market. I also love entering contests and win pretty often on local radio contests. I've been doing it since college--so, for about 20 years. I'm real "lucky" but it's not really luck, it's persistence. I sometimes have three radio contests going at one time. I also love playing blackjack and texas hold 'em. But when I'm not feeling competitive I also enjoy going to concerts and watching movies.
*Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?
That's really hard to say because I enjoy something about each one of them. I guess when I am coming up with a new series or style that I've never done before that can be exciting.
*If you could give a piece of advice to a new shop - what would it be?Wow, I have so much advice to give. I'm actually putting together a course on marketing your art online. But, if I had to give a few pointers I would say to really treat your shop like a job. Many artists don't realize the sheer volume you have to create on a daily basis. If you want to be successful the best way is to create several pieces a week or even a day. The other thing I can't stress enough is you must be professional. Make your listings look like you put some effort into them. Believe me, it pays off.
*Are there other places on the net we can find you?
My website is www.atlantacopperworks.com
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