Artist Mei Chen uses clay to create her handmade hands and she makes them into jewelry. She matches the skin color to the wearer, and the hands are often holding something interesting, like a jewel or a heart. Mei is a self-taught artist who developed her own style and techniques. She also reveals to us what her next sculpting subject may be.
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Here are some great takeaways from our conversation:
- Mei pointed out that the skills for painting and drawing are very different than those for sculpting. If you don’t think you’re good at one thing then try the other because you just may be surprised at what you can do.
- It’s OK to copy other artist’s work or ideas at the beginning as you are learning. Eventually you will gain enough skills that you can create something that is completely your own.
- Be sure and put your shop policies on your website or Etsy site. You want to be clear about what you will and won’t make for people, especially if you do commissions.
- If you can, see if you can grab your same name over all social media accounts that you use, like Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok. That will make it easier for people to find you.
- When you release new products for your website or Etsy site, try to do new releases on a regular basis so people will know when to expect them.
- Be open to collaborations with other artists. It’s a great way to see another perspective about how they run their art business. Also, if you do cross promotion of the project you do together, then your art will be exposed to a whole new group of people.