There are so many wonderful shops on Etsy that sometimes it seems daunting navigating the site looking for the perfect item. To help you find your new favorite shop, we’re going to introduce you to our favorites in a new weekly blog feature, “Featured Etsy Seller of the Week.”
I am so excited to introduce you to our first featured seller, Riverstone Pottery . I met Hope, the artist behind Riverstone Pottery, in an Etsy chat room. I am so glad that I did because I absolutely love her work and it is very reasonably priced. I know that you’re going to love this shop, too 🙂
Riverstone Pottery is based out of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Hope started her Etsy shop in September 2010 but started throwing pottery in 1995 at UNC Charlotte. I hope you enjoy my interview with Hope.
How long have you been in business? I have been making pottery since 1995 but just recently (Sept 2010) have been able to start doing it full time (well what I consider full time.) I drop off my kids at school, go to the studio and work until it is time to pick them up from school.
Do you only sell on Etsy? Currently I sell on Etsy and also at the Studio/Gallery where I work. I work in a studio that also has a gallery and I have my work displayed for sale there throughout the year. I have also been filling wholesale orders and commissions and am getting ready for a few pottery festival sales this year.
What is your favorite thing about Etsy? I’d say my favorite thing is the fact that I can set up a shop online from my home that is accessible to anyone in the whole wide world. The exposure is incredible and the possibilities are endless. There is so much help available to have a successful shop to anyone who is willing to put in the time to doing the research.
What are your biggest challenges in running you business? My biggest challenge in running my own business is just finding time for everything in my life. I am a mother of 3 young children, a wife, and active in my church. All my roles I play in my life are equal and figuring out how to balance it all out and have time to fit everything in is a challenge, but I think I am starting to get the hang of it.
What are your hobbies? I love photography and have been learning how to use my new SLR camera. I have a couple friends who are photographers and are willing to help me learn a few tricks when taking pictures of my pottery for Etsy. I love taking photos of nature and of my family.
Hope is offering a coupon code for first time buyers. The code is RIV10 and is good for 10% off of any purchase. Please check out Riverstone Pottery and be sure to let Hope know that you found her on Bluesblossom’s blog!
Remember to check back next Friday for our next featured Etsy seller!