Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Featured Seller: Lanamarenco

Today's Featured Etsy Seller is Lana from Lanamarenco.

Lanamarenco features gorgeous handmade jewelry. Her PMC and Porcelain pieces are exquisite!

Porcelain and Hammered Silver Earrings

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you started your craft. I grew up in San Francisco and attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA and majored in Studio Art, concentrating in photography and ceramics.  For the past few years I have worked at a paint your own pottery studio in Berkeley, CA.  During the past 2 years I found ways to continue with pottery, learning to do what I love without throwing on the potter's wheel, I also discovered PMC (precious metal clay).  I've been focusing on combining the two media and I think I have found what I was looking for my whole life: making jewelry.  I was recently laid off and though that sucks, the past week has given me the free time to start my Etsy shop and really start my business.  Now, I'm looking for ways to promote my work.

Besides crafting, what do you like to do.  I have a puppy whom I love to train and play with.  Since I got him, I go on a lot of walks and just love getting out into the sun and enjoy all that the outside offers. Not to mention that the outdoors fuels my creativity as I love floral and organic shapes.

How do you promote your work. I am trying to get to know other Etsy sellers through the online chats and the forums.  I also have myself posted on my blog, website and Facebook.  All my friends share my etsy links with their friends.  Word of mouth has always been a great way of doing things.  I have bought a couple of spots in the jewelry and ceramics showcase.

Name your top five books, movies, TV shows, musicians, or websites.   DreamGirls (movie/musical), Michael Crawford (singer), Christa Assad (ceramic artist), Whitney Smith (ceramic artist who sells on Etsy), Ansel Adams (photographer), craigslist.org

What's next for you and your shop? I am currently look for a job, until then, I am focused on my etsy shop. Improving it by talking to other etsy sellers, promoting my work through other people I know in the field.  Trying to improve what I make and create something everyone would want to have!

Thank you so much for your time, I really appreciate it.


Thank you Lana for sharing with us! I wish you tons of luck and success!

Lana has great presence on the web - please check her out at her
Etsy Shop http://lanamarenco.etsy.com
Website   www.lanamarenco.com
Blog lanamarenco.blogspot.com
Facebook Page www.facebook.com/pages/Marenco-Art-Studios/148566765182523?ref=ts

Happy Tuesday everyone!