Studio CKH Fine Art & Gifts

*Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am currently living in Connecticut and am a children's book author studying to be an illustrator at the Rhode Island School of Design. I love to dabble in all art forms., from fine art to making jewelry; quilting; and paper crafting. 


*How did you decide on your shop name? Why did you start your business?
I started my Etsy shop as a place to start selling my fine art prints, but had so much fun filling out my shop with jewelry and other crafts, I will probably end up focusing more on the “gifts” than the “fine arts” part! I do still devote a lot of time to painting and drawing, but those are generally long projects from start to finish. I like to have smaller projects that I can complete in short amounts of time. It refreshes me and helps me get through a longer project.

*What are 5 things you want people to think when they see your product?
“ooooohhhhh”, “WOW!” “Cute!” and anything synonymous with those words.

*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?
I can’t pass up lampwork beads. If I see a set that is OOAK or that results in any of the above synonyms (ooooohhhh), then I have to have them and do something with them.

*What do you do when you’re not being an artist? What activities do you enjoy?
When I’m not wearing my artist hat, I’m a wife and mom. I have 2 wonderful children and my activities are their activities (there’s only so much time in the day). That would be ballet, music, ice skating, little league, soccer…

*Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?
My favorite was the Valentine’s Day Necklace with pink and white lampwork beads. The beads were handmade by a very talented glass artist and they are so sweet. The pictures don’t do them justice. The delicate sterling silver hearts were fun to drape, and the overall result is a truly sweet Valentine’s gift.

*What keeps you motivated?
The art actually motivates me to get through everything else! It’s my quiet time where I can let schedules go for a couple of hours and just focus on something.

*If you could give a piece of advice to a new shop - what would it be?
Oh, I’m too new at this to be offering advice! I’m still taking everyone else’s. If I had to say something, it would be, JOIN THE PCFTEAM!

*Are there other places on the net we can find you?
I’m StudioCKH on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/#!/StudioCKH
and Pinterest:
http://pinterest.com/studiockh/
and I may someday decide to set up a Facebook page.



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9 comments:

Sandra's Card Shop said...

Great interview with Charlene! Lovely to learn more details about our PCF Team members :o)

MoanasUniqueDesigns said...

Isn't it interesting what u learn about a person in their blog feature. Your work is beautiful. Luv the filigree hearts with their embellishments.

The "No Sweat" Shop said...

What a great interview and BEAUTIFUL work! Go PCF Team!

Crimson Hill Soaps and Scents said...

Great feature!

justByou . said...

Excellent feature! This is another great shop, and I'm so happy to get to know the artist with this interview. =)
~Kim

justByou . said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention...That filigree heart wall hanging is gorgeous!

Laurie Alves said...

Fantastic piece! Love it! Beautiful Jewelry! Enjoy RISD Artists immensely!

Amydsscrochet said...

Those earrings are lovely. It's great to learn more about you and your shop.

Maya said...

Your jewelry is beautiful! Nice to learn more about you. And I agree "join the PCFteam!"