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Featured Seller: Jenny Mendes

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I don’t like to work out, I don’t blow dry my hair, I get up earlier than I want to, I look good in green, and I adore being in my garden. I’m in love with my dog, Claude; it’s a new relationship, but it was love at first sight. Since I was always the last kid to be picked for dodgeball, I realized I needed to develop an alternative skill to reach some acceptable level of fame and fortune.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Well, my house isn’t as clean as I’d like it to be…I maintain my friendships, which are lifelong and unique. I have a blog that I have been trying to work on every day this year. It is a reflection of my work and the things that inspire me.

The reality is I work all the time. I’m a Capricorn.

Where does your inspiration come from?
The newspaper, really good stories, authentic individuals, my parents, great art in any form, my imagination, making a sale on Etsy in a remote part of the world, animal friends, children, conversations and gardens. I know that by working every day and paying attention, something happens.

What does handmade mean to you?
I make things all the time and send them out into the world. People connect to objects in such personal ways. Hearing stories about the relationships people form with my work makes me really happy. Only then is my circle of making complete.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
My grandmother is the first person that I remember making something by hand; she also knit, cooked and worked in our garden. I was really excited when I saw the love she put into her work. That was when I first began to have an imagination about the process of making something with my own hands.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
By the time I graduated from kindergarten, circa June 12, 1966. I had a friend that I would draw with every day. I could hardly wait until we would be together drawing each day. It felt like really important work at the time, and it was an experience that has fueled a lifelong passion to collaborate with different artists.

How would you describe your creative process?
I wake up, walk my dog, have coffee, turn on a book on tape and go to work, whether I feel like it or not. I try not to think too much; things usually turn out better that way. Listening to stories helps me to focus and really frees up my mind.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
I would want to go back about a thousand years to the part of New Mexico where Mimbres pottery was produced. I’d love to watch the women paint their incredible and mysterious pots, which have been such an inspiration to me.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
My grandmother used to make us dolls that were not anatomically accurate. We called them “moppies.” They were simple and made from socks of every color, and they had full wardrobes made from scraps of fabric and yarn. I think one still survives today!

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
The problem is having too many ideas that I never have the time to get to. Maybe it would help if I had a few extra arms?

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I don’t want to look ten years younger — I want to be ten years younger, and I want to be in Paris.

Featured Seller Archive

  • megansbeadeddesigns

    megansbeadeddesigns says:

    Some absolutely stunning pieces!!

    4 years ago

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts says:

    I love your unique art! And I was always picked last for sports in school, too!

    4 years ago

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS says:

    Congratulations as the newest Etsy Featured Seller and thanks for sharing a great interview!

    4 years ago

  • restlessthings

    restlessthings says:

    truly wonderful work :)

    4 years ago

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection says:

    I love your dog! Congratulations on the feature! You have beautiful work :) Monica TheIDConnection

    4 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    Wow, wow, wow! Your work is absolutely captivating, congrats on your feature :)

    4 years ago

  • bonjourpoupette

    bonjourpoupette says:

    a wonderful interview with an amazing artist ~ thank you!

    4 years ago

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn says:

    very...cool artist love her approach to life and art

    4 years ago

  • angryhairjewelry

    angryhairjewelry says:

    what beautiful and original artwork!

    4 years ago

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair says:

    Congrats! Your work is awesome!

    4 years ago

  • miasole

    miasole says:

    Beautiful work, love your color choices. Claude is adorable too!

    4 years ago

  • LetterChef

    LetterChef says:

    I like the unique variety of your products. Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • artofjane

    artofjane says:

    Congrats for the shout-out! I love your work and have followed it for a long time!

    4 years ago

  • dellcovespices

    dellcovespices says:

    Terrific story! Love the Fern Garden....

    4 years ago

  • floodplainstudio

    floodplainstudio says:

    Congrats Jenny!

    4 years ago

  • AlbertinesCreations

    AlbertinesCreations says:

    Wow! Great interview and delightful work! Thank you so much for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • penumbraimages

    penumbraimages says:

    Congrats on your feature well deserved and looing forward to following your blog and shop. I love your work!!!

    4 years ago

  • bestbrownie

    bestbrownie says:

    One of my favorite artists, all the best to you. Dale

    4 years ago

  • jpgphotography

    jpgphotography says:

    I loved your interview, great original work. And Claude is pretty cute. :)

    4 years ago

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry says:

    I love a creative mind! Gorgeous work. Congrats on the feature :-)

    4 years ago

  • sarahknight

    sarahknight says:

    Oh, very cool! and I definitely love your striped socks & keens :D

    4 years ago

  • DessertWine

    DessertWine says:

    Thank you fir the inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • buttonsbyrobin

    buttonsbyrobin says:

    Wonderful unique pieces! Love them. Congratulations on being featured! Robin

    4 years ago

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    GeorgieGirlLLC says:

    Love your pup! Congradulations! Love your work!

    4 years ago

  • allisonstrine

    allisonstrine says:

    YAY! So great to see an artist like you as featured seller! I LOVE your interview and your work!

    4 years ago

  • hiddengarden11

    hiddengarden11 says:

    Love your art,it really stands out!Congrats on the feature :)

    4 years ago

  • jmbarclay

    jmbarclay says:

    I love your art!

    4 years ago

  • FAIRYTALE13

    FAIRYTALE13 says:

    What a treat to read your lovely FS piece. I ADORE your Yellow Squirrel, and the hand painted tiles, amazing shop, Many Congrats. HAPPY ETSYING TO ALL X.

    4 years ago

  • berryisland

    berryisland says:

    You seem nice, I admire that you keep lifelong friends...that's hard to do. Great work.

    4 years ago

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands says:

    I loved your interview. I was never picked for sports either! Congratulations Jenny on your unique and fabulous art!

    4 years ago

  • thetootsiewootsie

    thetootsiewootsie says:

    Very unique~!

    4 years ago

  • MarthyMay

    MarthyMay says:

    I loved this interview! Your stuff is wonderful!

    4 years ago

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick says:

    Amazing work! Thank you for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • silke5763

    silke5763 says:

    Did you ever think about writing a book or anything like this?? I really like your style - cheers me up... Already the beginning of the article is very nice... Keep your love and humour... NICE!!!! Love Silke

    4 years ago

  • eliwill

    eliwill says:

    Congrats...so cool to see Jenny featured. Love her work!

    4 years ago

  • Rosabellebyvasu

    Rosabellebyvasu says:

    Beautiful work, you have a unique style and i like the colours and style you choose.

    4 years ago

  • KoideStudio

    KoideStudio says:

    I love your work! I adore your dog!!

    4 years ago

  • trulyenchanted

    trulyenchanted says:

    Your work is so whimsical and organic---I love your sense of aesthetic!

    4 years ago

  • myartsdesire

    myartsdesire says:

    wonderful interview and wonderful art....and the dog is irresistable too!

    4 years ago

  • metalmorphoz

    metalmorphoz says:

    Your art is so unique! Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk says:

    I'm also a Capricorn so I feel ya on working all the time...it's our nature. BTW...your pup is adorable!

    4 years ago

  • Harem6

    Harem6 says:

    OMG ! Such a great surprise ! Your works are so amazing ! Words cannot express what joy they bring to the eyes and soul ... We are so happy to see you here ! Congrats !

    4 years ago

  • weaverwood

    weaverwood says:

    Your work is beautiful, awesome "puppy"

    4 years ago

  • GustoSpice

    GustoSpice says:

    Straight up and honest - we love that about your story and your work! Congratulations on being the featured seller! You'll have to give Claude a big Etsian hug for us :)

    4 years ago

  • rozzie

    rozzie says:

    Talented and unique work! Congrats on the feature. The hands are very unusual and your illustrations very nice.

    4 years ago

  • dorothydomingo

    dorothydomingo says:

    Congratulations on the feature! Your work is such an inspiration and your personality comes through in each piece. I'm in awe!

    4 years ago

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry says:

    Congrats on being a feautred seller! Your work is amazing! Best of Luck!!!

    4 years ago

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree says:

    I really enjoyed reading your story and where you get your inspiration from! Your dog Claude looks so sweet! Your giclee, "The Fern Garden", very beautiful and so is all your other work, like the plates and the birds......and, and, and.... Thank you for sharing! Congratulations on your feature!

    4 years ago

  • shaylen303

    shaylen303 says:

    I wish I had a few extra arms and a second brain, even working all the time too doesn't allow me to get enough done in a day. LOL! Moppies sound so cool. And Claude is the cutest pup!!! Congrats on the spotlight. : )

    4 years ago

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDeneMoneuseJewelry says:

    Your personality shines bright, both in your interview and in your wonderful art. Congrats on your feature : ) JoDene

    4 years ago

  • TheRockGardener

    TheRockGardener says:

    Love the art. Love the dog. Love the front porch!!!!!!!!! Congratulations on the feature:))

    4 years ago

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies says:

    Go Capricorns! We are wonderful. Yes, I have to make myself not overthink things...

    4 years ago

  • sweetpoppycat

    sweetpoppycat says:

    I am so happy to see you as the featured seller! A ceramics instructor of mine recommended that I look your work up online about a year ago and ever since I have been hooked. Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • Gallivants

    Gallivants says:

    Wonderful interview! Congrats on your feature, your shop, and on your energy and inspiration. You already look ten years younger! See you in Paris one of these years!

    4 years ago

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky says:

    nice style!

    4 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Well deserved feature. Wonderful stuff. Continued success to you.

    4 years ago

  • TinkleToots

    TinkleToots says:

    Maybe we should start a new group for Capricorns on Etsy? :) LOVE, LOVE, love your cute doggie!! Great article and beautiful artwork. Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • DreamCake

    DreamCake says:

    Congrats on your feature! Great artwork :)

    4 years ago

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson says:

    I had fun reading your interview! Your shop has such creative, vibrant pieces; congratulations on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • hopefullworld

    hopefullworld says:

    You have a lovely spirit! (and so does Claude)

    4 years ago

  • careyalina

    careyalina says:

    As always Jenny, your work is ahh-mazing and I'm really connected and protective of the pieces I have of yours already. When we had to evacuate last year due to a wildfire I grabbed your pieces among others and hightailed it. Can't wait until December when I will ritually get another piece, so don't go anywhere! Until then...

    4 years ago

  • meander

    meander says:

    Hey Jenny! Congrats on a sweet little interview! Remember that time when you and Anne had the pie cook-off and Sarah and I stumbled into being the judges? Can we do that again please?! You rock and I miss you!

    4 years ago

  • WatchWithDaDa

    WatchWithDaDa says:

    What a great interview. :-D Your work is whimsical, yet primal and haunting. It really feels like it's coming from your subconscious mind. Very nice.

    4 years ago

  • PattieJansen

    PattieJansen says:

    You definitely sound like a woman I would love to meet!! Have a coffee and chat away. Truly astonishingly creative and original work that you do! Plus I love your interview answers...lively and introspective. Mucho congrats on being a featured seller. And my hat is off to you for your industry and your dedication to your craft!

    4 years ago

  • coolranchstudio

    coolranchstudio says:

    congratulations! i LOVE your work. :)

    4 years ago

  • KellismCo

    KellismCo says:

    Congrats on being featured! I think I may have to try the audio books idea out! :D

    4 years ago

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal says:

    Congrats on the feature! Your work is fantabulous and looks like a lot of fun. Good look on your endeavor. g.

    4 years ago

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt says:

    oh I would have commented sooner but I got lost in your amazing shop..such special work .. and what a great dog, happy to have you as featured seller, I so enjoyed your interesting interveiw...

    4 years ago

  • bigbiggold

    bigbiggold says:

    Wow. I love this! Thank you for sharing :)

    4 years ago

  • wheremonstersmeet

    wheremonstersmeet says:

    From the minute I first saw your work, I was hooked. It continues to inspire me.

    4 years ago

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle says:

    Best of luck to you. You have very creative artwork.

    4 years ago

  • CathyKiffneyStudio

    CathyKiffneyStudio says:

    Very nice, Jenny. Congratulations! Amazing what talent and a good work ethic can achieve.

    4 years ago

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi says:

    Great story! Your dog is adorable! Stunning hands.

    4 years ago

  • vizions

    vizions says:

    Congrats on the feature!! Love your work.

    4 years ago

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie says:

    Wonderful to see the woman behind the shop (and her dog). Congrats Jenny from a long time fan.

    4 years ago

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd says:

    love your art! enjoyed reading your interview. congrats on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • rochellefox

    rochellefox says:

    Hi Jenny, I absolutely love your interview. I can definitely identify with turning to your creative skills at an early age. My grandmother was a huge influence in sparking the passion for crafting/cooking as well.You are certainly living the dream and I hope that my work will lead me in the same direction. Good luck with your beautiful work. ~ Rochelle

    4 years ago

  • RenaissanceDays

    RenaissanceDays says:

    One of my favorite artists on Etsy. So happy to see you as a featured seller.

    4 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak says:

    Beautiful! Your art is so original.

    4 years ago

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 says:

    Very original artwork! Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • asileoriginals

    asileoriginals says:

    Great interview, congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • pagepottery

    pagepottery says:

    Love your attitude and your artwork :) Such a pleasure to read your article and look at your shop!

    4 years ago

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard says:

    Jenny, Congratulations! Your work is stunning and it's so nice to read more about you. Love your portrait with Claude too!

    4 years ago

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands says:

    You are a free spirit and it shows in your work. Lovely and unique. Thanks.

    4 years ago

  • LaTouchables

    LaTouchables says:

    Such beautiful work and inspiring interview! Thank you for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • thecopperstar

    thecopperstar says:

    LOOK At all the wonderful artists that ADMIRE YOU! I also admire you and your work - so awesome. You always "just capture" that perfect look or feel in your work. I'm so impressed with everything you make!!!!! I am a capricorn also...........I work, work, work on my stuff and hope to post on ETSY soon. Thanks for your interview it was great! YOU are GREAT!

    4 years ago

  • CuffandCollar

    CuffandCollar says:

    I love the pic with your dog. Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • hatsbybuck

    hatsbybuck says:

    Beautiful work and interview.

    4 years ago

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels says:

    Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG says:

    Your work is absolutely lovely!! You seem like such a Darling!

    4 years ago

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden says:

    You're an exceptionally gifted artist. Congrats on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • KuduCards

    KuduCards says:

    Love your work!

    4 years ago

  • Idealwindowfashions

    Idealwindowfashions says:

    Some serious imagination and creativity at work here!! Congratulations on being featured.

    4 years ago

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather says:

    Your sculptures are absolutely amazing! Congrats on being a featured seller. :)

    4 years ago

  • SundayOwl

    SundayOwl says:

    Your shop is an amazing storybook.....Love your illustrations and sculptures...

    4 years ago

  • bluenosemule

    bluenosemule says:

    My grandmother was my first "crafter example" too! She taught me simple sewing steps. I have a lifelong love of sewing, and of learning new skills. She and my aunt made things with their hands all their lives and I love the inspiration they represent to me. Enjoyed the interview and your creations.

    4 years ago

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign says:

    Your work is very unique. Love your use of colour.

    4 years ago

  • OhMafelt

    OhMafelt says:

    Yea Jenny, followed your work for some time now and think it is fabulous. Great to get to know you a wee bit better, thanks for the interview.

    4 years ago

  • Sugarcrack

    Sugarcrack says:

    Awesome. I love Jenny Mendes.

    4 years ago

  • sincerelyYOU

    sincerelyYOU says:

    Fantastic! Nice feature... Congrats!!! :D

    4 years ago

  • ArrooDesigns

    ArrooDesigns says:

    I love Rex and Dex. Congratulations on the feature.

    4 years ago

  • CrankyDogStudio

    CrankyDogStudio says:

    Definitely unique and one of a kind. I like your artwork and energy......from another 'too busy' Capricorn.....

    4 years ago

  • MaryMorrisJewelry

    MaryMorrisJewelry says:

    Wonderful interview! This fellow Capricorn from the 60's can identify with so many things you said. Thank you for your contributions to the Etsy community.

    4 years ago

  • LaventimeDreams

    LaventimeDreams says:

    Oh, how i love your work and how your personality shines through it!

    4 years ago

  • RoyalPrincess

    RoyalPrincess says:

    Congrats absolutely lovely !!

    4 years ago

  • FancyCookies

    FancyCookies says:

    This is extremely interesting and unique. She has truely found her niche here in the Etsy community! Congrats!! -Claire Come visit my shop if you are hungry at your computer :)

    4 years ago

  • ginpins

    ginpins says:

    I'm a huge fan Jenny! Congrats on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Wonderful work! Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • kpinspirations

    kpinspirations says:

    love your work! inspiring

    4 years ago

  • MasonRabbitsPaperie

    MasonRabbitsPaperie says:

    Your work is so wonderful! I hope I can be that creative with pottery one day!

    4 years ago

  • susankate53

    susankate53 says:

    I love the photo of you and Claude; you two make a cute couple ;-) And I have the very same pair of shoes and socks!!

    4 years ago

  • 7sistersstudio

    7sistersstudio says:

    Wow, simply amazing! I am proud of you- congrats on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • nicolelias

    nicolelias says:

    What a wonderful article! Congrats

    4 years ago

  • deermayor

    deermayor says:

    love the colour palette in your work! amazing! www.deermayor.com

    4 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Beautiful studio, it has a very homely feel to it and I love how you incorporate natural elements into your work.

    4 years ago

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 says:

    Great interview, body of work and work ethic. Makes me happy to see a northeast Ohio artist featured here. Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • snugglebugcrafts

    snugglebugcrafts says:

    Love your creativeness. Congrats on your feature. Love your work.

    4 years ago

  • jodigirl11

    jodigirl11 says:

    Your work is beautiful! A wonderful story...your dog is GORGEOUS!

    4 years ago

  • FibberMcGeez

    FibberMcGeez says:

    Beautiful! Sophisticated, enormously creative style! I really admire your work and congratulate you on your feature article. Will follow you on your road to success! Thanks sharing your talent with us.

    4 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Beautiful work!!! Congrats on the FS!

    4 years ago

  • MeredithPage

    MeredithPage says:

    Your work is beautiful and what a great story. Bests!

    4 years ago

  • firuzangoker

    firuzangoker says:

    congratulations. beautiful artworks. and so nice to see the artist behind the art..

    4 years ago

  • itselemental

    itselemental says:

    What everybody said!!!

    4 years ago

  • 5gardenias

    5gardenias says:

    so happy to see you featured here. i'm a big fan of your work-- love your sense of humor that shines through in your remarks, and your sense of wonder and the magic that happens in your work-- hope you make it to paris!

    4 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    very cool. congrats

    4 years ago

  • CHenry

    CHenry says:

    Love the interview, love the work and love the picture of you and your adorable Claude !!! LOL Congrats !

    4 years ago

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ says:

    Interesting art! You have some reaaly unique pieces!

    4 years ago

  • candraboggs

    candraboggs says:

    One of my most favorite artist!

    4 years ago

  • mck254

    mck254 says:

    One of my most favoritest artists too! Love!!!

    4 years ago

  • lilyandirisboutique

    lilyandirisboutique says:

    Interesting interview. Your work is so unique and different. Very creative!

    4 years ago

  • ElvenWreathsJewelry

    ElvenWreathsJewelry says:

    love your stuff. your dog reminds me ot "the Little Rascals" show that I watched growing up.

    4 years ago

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic says:

    OMG Jenny, we enjoyed reading about you and your shop and your dog Claude! He is such a cute dog!! We love our dog Charlie too. Thank you so much for sharing your shop and talents. Love it!!!

    4 years ago

  • klinepottery

    klinepottery says:

    Some of the best work on etsy!! Wow!

    4 years ago

  • HouseOfCeramics

    HouseOfCeramics says:

    Congratulations of being featured! For about a year now I've been checking on your work frequently. I enjoy the whimsy quality of it as well as the color palette, the attention to detail and flowing designs. It was wonderful to learn more about you. And, of course, the picture of you and Claude is so lovely. I can see where some of your inspiration comes from. :-) Congratulations again and I look forward to seeing new work.

    4 years ago

  • katiejo326

    katiejo326 says:

    great pieces! they have so much personality and are so inspiring! Claude is lucky to have such a cool mom!!

    4 years ago

  • foxprints

    foxprints says:

    Inspiring and magical!

    4 years ago

  • thoughtfullyadorned

    thoughtfullyadorned says:

    So interesting and refreshing. Love your response to life! Good Luck!

    4 years ago

  • NicePots

    NicePots says:

    The depth and breath of your beautiful work inspires me each time I see it. Seeing your success on Etsy made decide to give it a whirl since someone of your calibre is here. I wish you many, many fans and patrons.

    4 years ago

  • JulieWhitmorePottery

    JulieWhitmorePottery says:

    You've always been one of my pottery heroes, Jenny. I'm so thrilled you have the spotlight on Etsy. xx Julie

    4 years ago

  • oneofakindgiftshop

    oneofakindgiftshop says:

    nice work so alive and colorful

    4 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

    Gorgeous and intriguing artwork! Love the names you've given your pieces! I'm a capricorn too so I know first hand about the constant work affliction. Best of luck to you for your continued success!

    4 years ago

  • joyscottglass

    joyscottglass says:

    Beautiful, unique artwork.. congratulations on the feature.

    4 years ago

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete says:

    Amazing original works of art, very cool!! Congrats and continued success!!

    4 years ago

  • MOAS

    MOAS says:

    great interview jenny! LOVE your creations :)

    4 years ago

  • SpiritedWoodland

    SpiritedWoodland says:

    Extremely creative work - love that your vibrancy shows through each piece. Well done.

    4 years ago

  • Princecharming2046

    Princecharming2046 says:

    like Claude too.

    4 years ago

  • nancyandburt

    nancyandburt says:

    Way to go!

    4 years ago

  • biddlebeed

    biddlebeed says:

    Very Fun!

    4 years ago

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  • rokcandyofnyc

    rokcandyofnyc says:

    Nice story...much love to you and Claude ;)

    4 years ago

  • birdhouseaccents

    birdhouseaccents says:

    Congrats

    4 years ago

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage says:

    Great story and great shop. Congrats

    4 years ago

  • silverpirate

    silverpirate says:

    Beautiful work and lovely interview! Congratulations! What kind a pup is Claude, he is quite handsome! :)

    4 years ago

  • masonke

    masonke says:

    Your work is fabulous, thanks for the honest interview!

    4 years ago

  • TheTaTaShoppe

    TheTaTaShoppe says:

    Great article-great dog too!! Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • ExclusiefByVera

    ExclusiefByVera says:

    Love your style in different media. Great story. I'll have to check out your blog now. Keep up the great work!!!

    4 years ago

  • ManicManx

    ManicManx says:

    Now that is art!

    4 years ago

  • zenceramics

    zenceramics says:

    I really enjoyed reading your story and your close connection to your grandmother. Your style is so unique , I really enjoyed your narrative pots. Every piece holds a piece of history and tells the story... Congratulations on being a featured artist, very well deserved.

    4 years ago

  • ShirleyArt

    ShirleyArt says:

    Great feature!! Love your work!

    4 years ago

  • texturequeen

    texturequeen says:

    Great fun to read your interview.

    4 years ago

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl says:

    such a great feature. such amazing work! wow! i wish i had known you were in ann arbor...i would have come to meet you :) sounds like your grandmother was an amazing inspiration. i wish you the best!

    4 years ago

  • maryvsmith

    maryvsmith says:

    Congrats Jenny on the well deserved article! The bowl I have from you puts a smile on my face everyday!

    4 years ago

  • limegreenrhinestones

    limegreenrhinestones says:

    Great to meet you Jenny! Nice article.

    4 years ago

  • LeLampiste

    LeLampiste says:

    Fantastic creations! Bravo!

    4 years ago

  • TheArtMotel

    TheArtMotel says:

    Great interview...Wonderful Artist...Bow Wow to Claude.

    4 years ago

  • SandraEterovic

    SandraEterovic says:

    Great to meet you Jenny!!!

    4 years ago

  • ConfettiWestern
  • AmyJiggetts

    AmyJiggetts says:

    Love how your Characters tell stories, also enjoy the colors. Great work!

    4 years ago

  • AmyJiggetts

    AmyJiggetts says:

    Love how your art characters tell stories and can relate to people. The colors are great. Awesome work....

    4 years ago

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice says:

    Beautiful images, thanks for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • planetlovevintage

    planetlovevintage says:

    Your work is super cool!! I love your shop!

    4 years ago

  • BreatheCouture

    BreatheCouture says:

    wonderful creativity. And quite frankly your dog is adorable!!

    4 years ago

  • therubynest

    therubynest says:

    Jenny! I am so inspired to see you here...you are an amazingly, creative, humble, inspirational, beautiful artist and I'm thrilled to read this awesome feature. You deserve it...I love your work. You rock girl! And I love that picture. :)

    4 years ago

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva says:

    One of my favorite Etsy Artist! Your work is so Inspiring and fricken cool! Love it all!!! Wish you much continued success! Thank you for being true to yourself:)

    4 years ago

  • recentrealisations

    recentrealisations says:

    Wonderul shop and that was one of the most candid interviews! You work is truly inspiring Jenny!

    4 years ago

  • TallulahsSoaps

    TallulahsSoaps says:

    What a beautiful life you have created for yourself. Love your art. You are an inspiration to all. Congrats on the interview!

    4 years ago

  • barbaradunshee

    barbaradunshee says:

    Enjoyed your story Jenny! Love your work and your work ethic!

    4 years ago

  • madeofsherbert

    madeofsherbert says:

    "I try not to think too much; things usually turn out better that way." Words to live by.

    4 years ago

  • skyepiece

    skyepiece says:

    Lovely! x

    4 years ago

  • Jahnavashti

    Jahnavashti says:

    Truly special! Thank you

    4 years ago

  • LesleyWilsonArt

    LesleyWilsonArt says:

    Glad to see you on here, been a fan for a while : ) Congratulations on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl says:

    wonderful work! congrats on being featured :-)

    4 years ago

  • mylittlenaturalsoap

    mylittlenaturalsoap says:

    Great original work. Congrats on the interview!

    4 years ago

  • Lemmikkiapina

    Lemmikkiapina says:

    Lovely interview! Claude is beautiful.

    4 years ago

  • MagpieWorkshop

    MagpieWorkshop says:

    Absolutely ADORE your work.

    4 years ago

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker says:

    So down to earth and inspirational, thank you.

    4 years ago

  • Peachygirl

    Peachygirl says:

    What a fun interview! And I think it's absolutely lovely that you were inspired and continue to be motivated by your grandmother's example! Thank you for sharing your creative self with us...you really just inspired me to wander into my little studio and create something new! And about that trip to Paris...please wait up because I'm thinkin' quite a few of us will be going with ya! :)

    4 years ago

  • xZOUix

    xZOUix says:

    very original pieces, lovely <3

    4 years ago

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking says:

    Yes, i'll be in the paris trip too ! So Love your work.......... keep doing what you do and all the best............... claude looks like a darling.................... they are worth their weight in gold !!!! XXXX

    4 years ago

  • yimmekedesign

    yimmekedesign says:

    Such a nice interview. My grandmother also made cute little things for us. When we came to visit her, we always went back home with a little knitted wallet or even a cute dress with ruffles. My dad still has her old Pfaff sewing machine, which I am going to inherit, you know, one of those foot peddle ones. Your store looks neat and consistent, you must be very disciplined about getting it done.Wonderful colors and dreamy drawings. Wow!!!

    4 years ago

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo says:

    You are pure awesome...I have loved your work for a very long time. Great to read your feature story, Congrats to you!

    4 years ago

  • OraclesForest

    OraclesForest says:

    Your work has wonderful clean energy, I Love it!

    4 years ago

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez says:

    "I know that by working every day and paying attention, something happens...." thats genius!

    4 years ago

  • VedaArts

    VedaArts says:

    love love lolve!!!!! LOVE LOVE

    4 years ago

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet says:

    Great interview and such creative work! I'm with you about being in Paris 10 years from now! Congrats on the feature!:)

    4 years ago

  • LauraBoyea

    LauraBoyea says:

    Beautiful work! I can't wait to see more.

    4 years ago

  • ModernShop

    ModernShop says:

    Very unique work! Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • SarahNiebankHoffman

    SarahNiebankHoffman says:

    So glad to have read your interview!! Congrats on such artistic success!!!

    4 years ago

  • AliceAndFlorence

    AliceAndFlorence says:

    Your interview is as inspirational as your artwork. May it ccontinue !

    4 years ago

  • Willow4u

    Willow4u says:

    What a creative hand!! Cool dog too!!

    4 years ago

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections says:

    You are so talented - your functional objects look like true works of fine art! Congrats on the feature :)

    4 years ago

  • murphymae

    murphymae says:

    so inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • beehivekitchenware

    beehivekitchenware says:

    Great interview Jenny!

    4 years ago

  • caitlihne

    caitlihne says:

    Your work is so inspirational. Lovely to read about your life and creativity.

    4 years ago

  • MyVintageNature

    MyVintageNature says:

    Love your work! All the best to you!

    4 years ago

  • Toshisworld

    Toshisworld says:

    Great art, so lovely and beautiful! Congratulations!!!

    4 years ago

  • missouribendstudio

    missouribendstudio says:

    Congratulations...wonderful to read more about you! Have always loved your work....keep making art and making people happy!

    4 years ago

  • VintageExpedition

    VintageExpedition says:

    Inspiring!! Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • abolbas

    abolbas says:

    I really, really love your work. Congrats on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • mason1

    mason1 says:

    I love your "odd" imagination! I sometimes come up with some pretty odd ideas but everyone seems to like them. And I love your dog!

    4 years ago

  • feathertreestudio

    feathertreestudio says:

    really amazing work!

    4 years ago

  • CatalyticInk

    CatalyticInk says:

    Love your answers, and your dog :)

    4 years ago

  • kzannoart

    kzannoart says:

    I have been a fan for a while, congrats on being recognized for being so unique and fabulous, keep at it !

    4 years ago

  • haroldluvsmaude

    haroldluvsmaude says:

    Wow!!!... What a great feature!! You're an amazing person, and an incredible artist! I really love your work. Woohoo for capricorns!!!

    4 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    the "big lefty" hand sculpture is amazing. i'm going to add it to my favorites right now :) congrats on the wonderful feature!

    4 years ago

  • andralynn

    andralynn says:

    Your dog is adorable and your work is fantastic.

    4 years ago

  • in2ition

    in2ition says:

    your work is absolutely refreshing and excellent!!!

    4 years ago

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony says:

    love the work. great interview....congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • wannabes

    wannabes says:

    Well I'll be dogged--so good to see you. And yes, you do look good in green. Stunning work as usual.

    4 years ago

  • sasquatchsara

    sasquatchsara says:

    I know a thousand people commented on your interview already saying how cool you are, but I have to say---Even though I am heterosexual and have had a steady boyfriend for many years---you and your wonderful use of whimsy have caused me to have a crush! I am so impressed with your mindset and your work deeply resides with me. It looks so effortless and yet well thought out. I am a new fan!

    4 years ago

  • elizabethpottery

    elizabethpottery says:

    So happy for you!

    4 years ago

  • Diviniteez

    Diviniteez says:

    I am a Capricorn rising and can related to the working a lot! Your work is beautiful and inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • DesignsbyFM

    DesignsbyFM says:

    A great interview! Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • JewelrybyDorothy

    JewelrybyDorothy says:

    Beautiful work and love your cute dog!

    4 years ago

  • tarnishedandtrue

    tarnishedandtrue says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your art!

    4 years ago

  • EdiesLab

    EdiesLab says:

    congrats! loved your interview

    4 years ago

  • SevonLaing

    SevonLaing says:

    WoW!

    4 years ago

  • SevonLaing

    SevonLaing says:

    Whimsical art <3

    4 years ago

  • snarkledark

    snarkledark says:

    I have admired your work for many years. You are an inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana says:

    Congrats on FS!

    4 years ago

  • Caradonnaphotography

    Caradonnaphotography says:

    Jenny, you are an amazing artist! Your pieces are fabulous!! Many congratulations...great interview....and I think I'm in love with Claude too!! He's loaded with personality, you can see it in his expression!

    4 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Congrats on the feature.

    4 years ago

  • JAZsSTITCHES

    JAZsSTITCHES says:

    Great interview! Congratulations on the feature :)

    4 years ago

  • HenrietteWhite

    HenrietteWhite says:

    Your work is just beautiful!

    4 years ago

  • JennasRedRhino

    JennasRedRhino says:

    I've been drawn to her work, especially the 3-D pieces, for awhile. Some of Jenny's pieces are great for use in Treasury making. I like that you look happy, Jenny. I had once wondered if you might look sallow and sad. Maybe it's a good thing that you found Claude.

    4 years ago

  • simplyJOE

    simplyJOE says:

    very unique design and color scheme...... nice work

    4 years ago

  • sabiesabi

    sabiesabi says:

    ohhh...yor work is so lovely... your dog also...

    4 years ago

  • TheMacsX

    TheMacsX says:

    I love the honesty and authenticity that comes through in your feature and your work. Congrats on the feature and wishing you continued success and happiness.

    4 years ago

  • cherrytime

    cherrytime says:

    gorgeous art!! congrats!!

    4 years ago

  • dimandsum

    dimandsum says:

    Great feature Jenny! So great getting to see a picture of your dog! Hope you are doing well!

    4 years ago

  • herd

    herd says:

    oh....I heart the dog! what a star!

    4 years ago

  • jdwsun

    jdwsun says:

    I'm add your quote to my wall in big letters. "The relationship people form with my work makes me very happy. Only then is my circle of making complete." I make yummy edibles for my customers at my small quaint cafe. Your words describe exactly how I feel about my food creations. Thank you for your words!!!!

    4 years ago

  • PatClapsaddle

    PatClapsaddle says:

    It's your free spirit that carries you. Congrats on this recognition. You deserve it.

    4 years ago

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio says:

    Yay, an artist!!! :) angie www.ferntreestudio.com

    4 years ago

  • emersonbookcase

    emersonbookcase says:

    one of my favorite artists! beautiful! thank you for sharing:)

    4 years ago

  • louiseclairetextiles

    louiseclairetextiles says:

    First interview read since setting up etsy shop, what a lovely insight to what you do, thank you for sharing. The photos help to see where and how you work which is very inspiring! ! www.louiseclaire.co.uk

    4 years ago

  • jewelsbymoon

    jewelsbymoon says:

    I am always so humbled by all of wonderful artisans here on etsy. It is interesting how like minded souls go through their process of creating.. Lovely shop Jenny, much success to you in the future. congrats on this feature!

    4 years ago

  • ranzangel

    ranzangel says:

    I have followed your work on etsy for some time, and am very pleased to see you as a featured seller. Thanks for sharing your vision and inspiration with all of us!!! I hope to one day soon see your work in person. That would be exquisite!

    4 years ago

  • muddyfingers

    muddyfingers says:

    Great work and wonderful interview! Thanks and congratulations :)

    4 years ago

  • TheDroppedStitch

    TheDroppedStitch says:

    Cheers on the feature and cheers to your work! Although you have adult themes, my inner child (and pseudo-adult self) LOVE your work! Bravo!!!

    4 years ago

  • sliverofwoods

    sliverofwoods says:

    Good interview! Jenny, your work is so inspiring! I love your depictions of animals and humans...and animal-humans! Each one stirs a story in my mind. And your choice of colors are wonderful too! Best of luck to you!

    4 years ago

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights says:

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. Great work! Congrats on being featured!

    4 years ago

  • sistersilver

    sistersilver says:

    Love your work and attitude about life. Although I work in metal, pottery has always been the thing I admire when it comes to artists. Yours is some of the most fun to look at that I have seen in a long time. Thank you for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • ranchqueenhomestyle

    ranchqueenhomestyle says:

    Your work is so soulful and poetic... it really touches me. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • JennasRedRhino

    JennasRedRhino says:

    I just realized that one of the reasons I like your ceramic work so much is that the pieces are matte. This finish looks more dramatic and powerful for your work.

    4 years ago

  • TracyKodner

    TracyKodner says:

    Jenny, what a wonderful feature on you! Congratulations! I don't know if you remember, but you were my student mentor at the St. Louis Art Fair ten years ago. Your work continues to capture my attention and imagination. Beautiful! It's so great to see you again in the Etsy community.

    4 years ago

  • SarahsHammer Admin

    SarahsHammer says:

    Hi Jenny! It is great to see you as the featured seller here! Your work is as beautiful as ever. I have many fond memories of visiting your studio at Penland. Be well, and congratulations, Sarah

    4 years ago

  • TribalImages

    TribalImages says:

    What exactly does it mean to be added to a "circle"?

    4 years ago

  • ValerieTyler

    ValerieTyler says:

    Way to go fellow Cleveland area girl! Congratulations! :)

    4 years ago

  • cbartist

    cbartist says:

    Amen to being ten years younger and in Paris!

    4 years ago

  • lavana

    lavana says:

    Great interview! Sorry we missed you in Ann Arbor! xoxo

    4 years ago

  • betsyyoungquist

    betsyyoungquist says:

    Great job friend!!

    4 years ago

  • LisaJoerling

    LisaJoerling says:

    Amazing ! A great interview .You are my clay idol . The Pedestal just got higher !!!!

    4 years ago

  • caratsoup

    caratsoup says:

    I can relate with you soooo much! I wish you lots and lots of luck.

    4 years ago

  • maeyingthai

    maeyingthai says:

    Love you work !! congrats on the feature!! :D

    4 years ago

  • marasdesigns

    marasdesigns says:

    i love roland the bird, beautiful work.

    3 years ago

  • Jaclynscollections

    Jaclynscollections says:

    It's amazing how many artist say that they "try not to think"! I find this to be very true as well. If you haven't tried it before, do it today. You might be pleasantly surprised! Love your work, Jenny!

    3 years ago

  • dreamaginarius

    dreamaginarius says:

    Gorgeous work!

    3 years ago

  • LaBellaDoll

    LaBellaDoll says:

    Very cool stuff, and I love your dog too!

    3 years ago

  • zJayne

    zJayne says:

    Wonderful - delightful interview. I had the pleasure of meeting Jenny at a local juried art festival. I was walking the fest to visit another artist and came upon Jenny's talent and yes, saw she was also on Etsy and waited my turn to speak with her! She's every bit as adorable as her interview. I've been waiting to see this feature, and somehow it slipped by me until today! Congrats! You rock Ms. Mendes! We are proud to have you on the Cleveland Handmade team! ~waving, Jane

    3 years ago

  • shiplett

    shiplett says:

    Great article. What an interesting story you tell. Your art is wonderful to admire. You inspire us all.

    3 years ago

  • yemmjewelry

    yemmjewelry says:

    love your art!!!

    3 years ago

  • pjpricey

    pjpricey says:

    It's so wonderful to read your article. I discovered your work through the internet about 4 years ago and I'm so hooked! You have the ability to inspire others in a way that only the best of the best can do. I truely admire your work and your work ethic. All the best to you and congrats on the feature.

    3 years ago

  • CambriaPottery

    CambriaPottery says:

    I work in clay also and I am happy that so many other people enjoy the work of Jenny Mendes. I have followed along in blogs, books, webpages etc. on what Jenny has been creating. I agree with everyone else that she is a very gifted creator.

    3 years ago

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    3 years ago

  • magoons

    Mercedes Lagunas from magoons says:

    Could´t tell which piece is best. All are really magic!! Great artist. Very inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • Craftelina

    vik and ig from Craftelina says:

    Jenny , your works are amazing. Love them a lot and wish you all teh best! This interview was so interesting and inspiring to red. Will follow your shop with pleasure ! Cheers!

    3 years ago

  • rebeccahumphrey

    Rebecca Humphrey from rebeccahumphrey says:

    Jenny...I loved reading your interview...your Grandmother sounds alot like mine. Your work is so unique and you are truely an inspiration to me. Thank you for being you and sharing your heart !

    3 years ago

  • AntaresTesla

    Antares Tesla from AntaresTesla says:

    Your work is really wonderful !!! Great, great art. Congratulation !!!!

    3 years ago

  • jennymendes

    Jenny Mendes from jennymendes says:

    Хвала вам за ваше лепим речима о мом Етси интервјуу!

    3 years ago

  • collageoscope

    Sonja Smith from collageoscope says:

    I'm getting to this very late, but I love the work of Jenny Mendes! What a wonderful interview.

    3 years ago

  • raccoonvalleyrouge

    Rebecca Blevins from RaccoonValleyRouge says:

    This is really inspiring for me. I'm getting back into ceramics slowly after being away from it for about five years. Surprisingly I still understand the clay! It's a great feeling!!!

    2 years ago

  • elizabethpottery

    Elizabeth Hayes Halderson from elizabethpottery says:

    Great read! Just reread...love that you listen to stories too (everyone always says music) and I would also go back in time but I want to talk with the Guale women (potters) of the southeastern USA coast. Wishing you well in all you do!

    1 year ago

  • bogARTstudiogallery

    Claudia Bogart from bogARTstudiogallery says:

    I love your art work!!!!

    1 year ago

  • TheFeralBristle

    Lara Popowitch from TheFeralBristle says:

    Jenny...you are hilarious! You would be a very fun person to sit and pick the brain with. Besides sharing your creative-self, thanks for sharing this entertaining look into your world.

    192 days ago