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The most frustrating thing is having to say no to friends; when I have to stay in and finish something or man a stall at the weekend. However, it’s quickly balanced out by a mid-week ‘Sunday morning’ when everyone else is at work!


What advice would you give to someone starting their own creative business? I’ve been lucky in that I never deliberately set out to start a business; it has evolved around me


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since university. I’ve just written my first business plan and wish that I had done it before! I would suggest that you plan things out clearly but also, be flexible and be aware that nowadays, it’s easy to test things out without taking huge financial risks from the offset. If you are willing to put in the time and hold back on the treats for a while, you can build a business on your own without taking out huge loans or relying on outside investment.


If you had the opportunity to learn a new craft, what would you choose? I would love to learn to blow glass. I’d love a set of thick hand-blown wine glasses and tumblers. It’s weird because I find I’d rather learn to make something than buy it. I think that’s how I started making ceramics; I wanted some decent bone china that didn’t cost the earth. I also love how it is with many crafts that the work places are so industrial, yet the items that emerge from them are so


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