Meet Rachel Pitt of Beverly Hills, MI, who combines beautiful papers and glass to form Glassology. She uses chiyogami and designer papers to create fun jewelry, magnets, and accessories.
What do remember wanting to be when you grew up?
I'll let you know when I grow up. :-)
What inspired you to start creating your artwork & how did you turn it into a business?
This little project all started with a small craft project of making glass gem magnets with a few supplies from Michaels. I was looking for an easy recycling project to do with kids at my day job, where I am a Recycling Coordinator. I had fun making magnets, so I ordered supplies to make a few pendants.
My first sale was a handful of magnets on a cookie sheet at a mom2mom sale. Since then, it's grown slowly and organically.
What makes your artwork unique or distinctive?
My work is all about highlighting the beautiful papers. I work with chiyogami paper, lokta paper, and other designer papers to find just the right look.
What do you most love about the creative process?
Shopping for new papers! I *heart* Paper Source!
What do you least love about the business side of creating & selling art?
I sometimes feel guilty when I have to work, and my kids want my attention. It's a difficult balance, and I'm still working it out.
What do you enjoy doing besides making art?
I'm terrible at sitting still, so I'm always doing something. I love yoga, swimming, strength training, riding bikes with my kids, and walking the dog. My kids are 7 and 4, so they keep me busy. I love cooking (and eating!) and having a glass of wine with my friends.
I have been working as a Recycling Coordinator for over 8 years, but recently went down to half time. That is a great balance with kids in school, and it allows me to think of Glassology as a fun hobby, rather than a job.
You can find lots of Rachel's gorgeous jewelry & accessories at Yellow Door, as well as online. Stay tuned for more fun and interesting info about Rachel all week!
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