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Featured Seller: Jenny Mendes

Jul 25, 2011

by jennymendes 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.

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  • megansbeadeddesigns

    megansbeadeddesigns said 6 years ago

    Some absolutely stunning pieces!!

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

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

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS said 6 years ago

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

  • restlessthings

    restlessthings said 6 years ago

    truly wonderful work :)

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 6 years ago

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

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

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

  • bonjourpoupette

    bonjourpoupette said 6 years ago

    a wonderful interview with an amazing artist ~ thank you!

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 6 years ago artist love her approach to life and art

  • angryhairjewelry

    angryhairjewelry said 6 years ago

    what beautiful and original artwork!

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Your work is awesome!

  • miasole

    miasole said 6 years ago

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

  • LetterChef

    LetterChef said 6 years ago

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

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 6 years ago

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

  • dellcovespices

    dellcovespices said 6 years ago

    Terrific story! Love the Fern Garden....

  • floodplainstudio

    floodplainstudio said 6 years ago

    Congrats Jenny!

  • AlbertinesCreations

    AlbertinesCreations said 6 years ago

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

  • penumbraimages

    penumbraimages said 6 years ago

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

  • bestbrownie

    bestbrownie said 6 years ago

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

  • jpgphotography

    jpgphotography said 6 years ago

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

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 6 years ago

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

  • sarahknight

    sarahknight said 6 years ago

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

  • DessertWine

    DessertWine said 6 years ago

    Thank you fir the inspiration!

  • buttonsbyrobin

    buttonsbyrobin said 6 years ago

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

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    GeorgieGirlLLC said 6 years ago

    Love your pup! Congradulations! Love your work!

  • allisonstrine

    allisonstrine said 6 years ago

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

  • hiddengarden11

    hiddengarden11 said 6 years ago

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

  • jmbarclay

    jmbarclay said 6 years ago

    I love your art!


    FAIRYTALE13 said 6 years ago

    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.

  • berryisland

    berryisland said 6 years ago

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

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands said 6 years ago

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

  • thetootsiewootsie

    thetootsiewootsie said 6 years ago

    Very unique~!

  • MarthyMay

    MarthyMay said 6 years ago

    I loved this interview! Your stuff is wonderful!

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 6 years ago

    Amazing work! Thank you for sharing!

  • silke5763

    silke5763 said 6 years ago

    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

  • eliwill

    eliwill said 6 years ago cool to see Jenny featured. Love her work!

  • Rosabellebyvasu

    Rosabellebyvasu said 6 years ago

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

  • KoideStudio

    KoideStudio said 6 years ago

    I love your work! I adore your dog!!

  • trulyenchanted

    trulyenchanted said 6 years ago

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

  • myartsdesire

    myartsdesire said 6 years ago

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

  • metalmorphoz

    metalmorphoz said 6 years ago

    Your art is so unique! Congratulations!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 6 years ago

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

  • Harem6

    Harem6 said 6 years ago

    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 !

  • weaverwood

    weaverwood said 6 years ago

    Your work is beautiful, awesome "puppy"

  • GustoSpice

    GustoSpice said 6 years ago

    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 :)

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

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

  • dorothydomingo

    dorothydomingo said 6 years ago

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

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 6 years ago

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

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 6 years ago

    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!

  • shaylen303

    shaylen303 said 6 years ago

    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. : )

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 6 years ago

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

  • TheRockGardener

    TheRockGardener said 6 years ago

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

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 6 years ago

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

  • sweetpoppycat

    sweetpoppycat said 6 years ago

    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!

  • Gallivants

    Gallivants said 6 years ago

    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!

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky said 6 years ago

    nice style!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

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

  • TinkleToots

    TinkleToots said 6 years ago

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

  • DreamCake

    DreamCake said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! Great artwork :)

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson said 6 years ago

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

  • hopefullworld

    hopefullworld said 6 years ago

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

  • careyalina

    careyalina said 6 years ago

    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...

  • meander

    meander said 6 years ago

    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!

  • WatchWithDaDa

    WatchWithDaDa said 6 years ago

    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.

  • PattieJansen

    PattieJansen said 6 years ago

    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!

  • coolranchstudio

    coolranchstudio said 6 years ago

    congratulations! i LOVE your work. :)

  • KellismCo

    KellismCo said 6 years ago

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

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 6 years ago

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

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 6 years ago

    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...

  • bigbiggold

    bigbiggold said 6 years ago

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

  • wheremonstersmeet

    wheremonstersmeet said 6 years ago

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

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 6 years ago

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

  • CathyKiffneyStudio

    CathyKiffneyStudio said 6 years ago

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

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    Great story! Your dog is adorable! Stunning hands.

  • vizions

    vizions said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!! Love your work.

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 6 years ago

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

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd said 6 years ago

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

  • rochellefox

    rochellefox said 6 years ago

    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

  • RenaissanceDays

    RenaissanceDays said 6 years ago

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

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! Your art is so original.

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 6 years ago

    Very original artwork! Congratulations!

  • asileoriginals

    asileoriginals said 6 years ago

    Great interview, congratulations!

  • pagepottery

    pagepottery said 6 years ago

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

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard said 6 years ago

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

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands said 6 years ago

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

  • LaTouchables

    LaTouchables said 6 years ago

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

  • thecopperstar

    thecopperstar said 6 years ago

    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!

  • CuffandCollar

    CuffandCollar said 6 years ago

    I love the pic with your dog. Congrats!

  • hatsbybuck

    hatsbybuck said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and interview.

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels said 6 years ago


  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 6 years ago

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

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden said 6 years ago

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

  • KuduCards

    KuduCards said 6 years ago

    Love your work!

  • Idealwindowfashions

    Idealwindowfashions said 6 years ago

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

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 6 years ago

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

  • SundayOwl

    SundayOwl said 6 years ago

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

  • bluenosemule

    bluenosemule said 6 years ago

    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.

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

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

  • OhMafelt

    OhMafelt said 6 years ago

    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.

  • Sugarcrack

    Sugarcrack said 6 years ago

    Awesome. I love Jenny Mendes.

  • sincerelyYOU

    sincerelyYOU said 6 years ago

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

  • ArrooDesigns

    ArrooDesigns said 6 years ago

    I love Rex and Dex. Congratulations on the feature.

  • CrankyDogStudio

    CrankyDogStudio said 6 years ago

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

  • MaryMorrisJewelry

    MaryMorrisJewelry said 6 years ago

    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.

  • LaventimeDreams

    LaventimeDreams said 6 years ago

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

  • RoyalPrincess

    RoyalPrincess said 6 years ago

    Congrats absolutely lovely !!

  • FancyCookies

    FancyCookies said 6 years ago

    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 :)

  • ginpins

    ginpins said 6 years ago

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

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Wonderful work! Congrats!

  • kpinspirations

    kpinspirations said 6 years ago

    love your work! inspiring

  • MasonRabbitsPaperie

    MasonRabbitsPaperie said 6 years ago

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

  • susankate53

    susankate53 said 6 years ago

    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!!

  • 7sistersstudio

    7sistersstudio said 6 years ago

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

  • nicolelias

    nicolelias said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful article! Congrats

  • deermayor

    deermayor said 6 years ago

    love the colour palette in your work! amazing!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

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

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

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

  • snugglebugcrafts

    snugglebugcrafts said 6 years ago

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

  • jodigirl11

    jodigirl11 said 6 years ago

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

  • FibberMcGeez

    FibberMcGeez said 6 years ago

    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.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work!!! Congrats on the FS!

  • MeredithPage

    MeredithPage said 6 years ago

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

  • firuzangoker

    firuzangoker said 6 years ago

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

  • itselemental

    itselemental said 6 years ago

    What everybody said!!!

  • 5gardenias

    5gardenias said 6 years ago

    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!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago

    very cool. congrats

  • CHenry

    CHenry said 6 years ago

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

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 6 years ago

    Interesting art! You have some reaaly unique pieces!

  • candraboggs

    candraboggs said 6 years ago

    One of my most favorite artist!

  • mck254

    mck254 said 6 years ago

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

  • lilyandirisboutique

    lilyandirisboutique said 6 years ago

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

  • ElvenWreathsJewelry

    ElvenWreathsJewelry said 6 years ago

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

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic said 6 years ago

    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!!!

  • klinepottery

    klinepottery said 6 years ago

    Some of the best work on etsy!! Wow!

  • HouseOfCeramics

    HouseOfCeramics said 6 years ago

    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.

  • katiejo326

    katiejo326 said 6 years ago

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

  • foxprints

    foxprints said 6 years ago

    Inspiring and magical!

  • thoughtfullyadorned

    thoughtfullyadorned said 6 years ago

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

  • NicePots

    NicePots said 6 years ago

    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.

  • JulieWhitmorePottery

    JulieWhitmorePottery said 6 years ago

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

  • oneofakindgiftshop

    oneofakindgiftshop said 6 years ago

    nice work so alive and colorful

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    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!

  • joyscottglass

    joyscottglass said 6 years ago

    Beautiful, unique artwork.. congratulations on the feature.

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 6 years ago

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

  • MOAS

    MOAS said 6 years ago

    great interview jenny! LOVE your creations :)

  • SpiritedWoodland

    SpiritedWoodland said 6 years ago

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

  • Princecharming2046

    Princecharming2046 said 6 years ago

    like Claude too.

  • nancyandburt

    nancyandburt said 6 years ago

    Way to go!

  • biddlebeed

    biddlebeed said 6 years ago

    Very Fun!

  • christinekaiser

    christinekaiser said 6 years ago


  • rokcandyofnyc

    rokcandyofnyc said 6 years ago

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

  • birdhouseaccents

    birdhouseaccents said 6 years ago


  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 6 years ago

    Great story and great shop. Congrats

  • silverpirate

    silverpirate said 6 years ago

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

  • masonke

    masonke said 6 years ago

    Your work is fabulous, thanks for the honest interview!

  • TheTaTaShoppe

    TheTaTaShoppe said 6 years ago

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

  • ExclusiefByVera

    ExclusiefByVera said 6 years ago

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

  • ManicManx

    ManicManx said 6 years ago

    Now that is art!

  • zenceramics

    zenceramics said 6 years ago

    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.

  • ShirleyArt

    ShirleyArt said 6 years ago

    Great feature!! Love your work!

  • texturequeen

    texturequeen said 6 years ago

    Great fun to read your interview.

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 6 years ago

    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!

  • maryvsmith

    maryvsmith said 6 years ago

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

  • limegreenrhinestones

    limegreenrhinestones said 6 years ago

    Great to meet you Jenny! Nice article.

  • LeLampiste

    LeLampiste said 6 years ago

    Fantastic creations! Bravo!

  • TheArtMotel

    TheArtMotel said 6 years ago

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

  • SandraEterovic

    SandraEterovic said 6 years ago

    Great to meet you Jenny!!!

  • ConfettiWestern

    ConfettiWestern said 6 years ago


  • AmyJiggetts

    AmyJiggetts said 6 years ago

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

  • AmyJiggetts

    AmyJiggetts said 6 years ago

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

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 6 years ago

    Beautiful images, thanks for sharing your story!

  • planetlovevintage

    planetlovevintage said 6 years ago

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

  • BreatheCouture

    BreatheCouture said 6 years ago

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

  • therubynest

    therubynest said 6 years ago

    Jenny! I am so inspired to see 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. :)

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva said 6 years ago

    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:)

  • recentrealisations

    recentrealisations said 6 years ago

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

  • TallulahsSoaps

    TallulahsSoaps said 6 years ago

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

  • barbaradunshee

    barbaradunshee said 6 years ago

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

  • madeofsherbert

    madeofsherbert said 6 years ago

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

  • skyepiece

    skyepiece said 6 years ago

    Lovely! x

  • Jahnavashti

    Jahnavashti said 6 years ago

    Truly special! Thank you

  • LesleyWilsonArt

    LesleyWilsonArt said 6 years ago

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

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 6 years ago

    wonderful work! congrats on being featured :-)

  • mylittlenaturalsoap

    mylittlenaturalsoap said 6 years ago

    Great original work. Congrats on the interview!

  • Lemmikkiapina

    Lemmikkiapina said 6 years ago

    Lovely interview! Claude is beautiful.

  • MagpieWorkshop

    MagpieWorkshop said 6 years ago

    Absolutely ADORE your work.

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker said 6 years ago

    So down to earth and inspirational, thank you.

  • Peachygirl

    Peachygirl said 6 years ago

    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 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! :)

  • xZOUix

    xZOUix said 6 years ago

    very original pieces, lovely <3

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 6 years ago

    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

  • yimmekedesign

    yimmekedesign said 6 years ago

    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!!!

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo said 6 years ago

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

  • OraclesForest

    OraclesForest said 6 years ago

    Your work has wonderful clean energy, I Love it!

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez said 6 years ago

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

  • VedaArts

    VedaArts said 6 years ago

    love love lolve!!!!! LOVE LOVE

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 6 years ago

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

  • LauraBoyea

    LauraBoyea said 6 years ago

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

  • ModernShop

    ModernShop said 6 years ago

    Very unique work! Congrats!

  • SarahNiebankHoffman

    SarahNiebankHoffman said 6 years ago

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

  • AliceAndFlorence

    AliceAndFlorence said 6 years ago

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

  • Willow4u

    Willow4u said 6 years ago

    What a creative hand!! Cool dog too!!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 6 years ago

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

  • murphymae

    murphymae said 6 years ago

    so inspiring!

  • beehivekitchenware

    beehivekitchenware said 6 years ago

    Great interview Jenny!

  • caitlihne

    caitlihne said 6 years ago

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

  • MyVintageNature

    MyVintageNature said 6 years ago

    Love your work! All the best to you!

  • Toshisworld

    Toshisworld said 6 years ago

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

  • missouribendstudio

    missouribendstudio said 6 years ago

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

  • VintageExpedition

    VintageExpedition said 6 years ago

    Inspiring!! Thank you!

  • abolbas

    abolbas said 6 years ago

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

  • mason1

    mason1 said 6 years ago

    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!

  • feathertreestudio

    feathertreestudio said 6 years ago

    really amazing work!

  • CatalyticInk

    CatalyticInk said 6 years ago

    Love your answers, and your dog :)

  • kzannoart

    kzannoart said 6 years ago

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

  • haroldluvsmaude

    haroldluvsmaude said 6 years ago

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

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

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

  • andralynn

    andralynn said 6 years ago

    Your dog is adorable and your work is fantastic.

  • in2ition

    in2ition said 6 years ago

    your work is absolutely refreshing and excellent!!!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 6 years ago

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

  • wannabes

    wannabes said 6 years ago

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

  • sasquatchsara

    sasquatchsara said 6 years ago

    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!

  • elizabethpottery

    elizabethpottery said 6 years ago

    So happy for you!

  • Diviniteez

    Diviniteez said 6 years ago

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

  • DesignsbyFM

    DesignsbyFM said 6 years ago

    A great interview! Congratulations!

  • JewelrybyDorothy

    JewelrybyDorothy said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and love your cute dog!

  • tarnishedandtrue

    tarnishedandtrue said 6 years ago

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your art!

  • EdiesLab

    EdiesLab said 6 years ago

    congrats! loved your interview

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  • SevonLaing

    SevonLaing said 6 years ago

    Whimsical art <3

  • snarkledark

    snarkledark said 6 years ago

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

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 6 years ago

    Congrats on FS!

  • Caradonnaphotography

    Caradonnaphotography said 6 years ago

    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!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature.


    JAZsSTITCHES said 6 years ago

    Great interview! Congratulations on the feature :)

  • HenrietteWhite

    HenrietteWhite said 6 years ago

    Your work is just beautiful!

  • JennasRedRhino

    JennasRedRhino said 6 years ago

    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.

  • simplyJOE

    simplyJOE said 6 years ago

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

  • sabiesabi

    sabiesabi said 6 years ago

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

  • TheMacsX

    TheMacsX said 6 years ago

    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.

  • cherrytime

    cherrytime said 6 years ago

    gorgeous art!! congrats!!

  • dimandsum

    dimandsum said 6 years ago

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

  • herd

    herd said 6 years ago

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

  • jdwsun

    jdwsun said 6 years ago

    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!!!!

  • PatClapsaddle

    PatClapsaddle said 6 years ago

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

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 6 years ago

    Yay, an artist!!! :) angie

  • emersonbookcase

    emersonbookcase said 6 years ago

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

  • louiseclairetextiles

    louiseclairetextiles said 6 years ago

    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! !

  • jewelsbymoon

    jewelsbymoon said 6 years ago

    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!

  • ranzangel

    ranzangel said 6 years ago

    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!

  • muddyfingers

    muddyfingers said 6 years ago

    Great work and wonderful interview! Thanks and congratulations :)

  • TheDroppedStitch

    TheDroppedStitch said 6 years ago

    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!!!

  • sliverofwoods

    sliverofwoods said 6 years ago

    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!

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 6 years ago

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

  • sistersilver

    sistersilver said 6 years ago

    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!

  • ranchqueenhomestyle

    ranchqueenhomestyle said 6 years ago

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

  • JennasRedRhino

    JennasRedRhino said 6 years ago

    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.

  • TracyKodner

    TracyKodner said 6 years ago

    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.

  • SarahsHammer Admin

    SarahsHammer said 6 years ago

    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

  • TribalImages

    TribalImages said 6 years ago

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

  • ValerieTyler

    ValerieTyler said 6 years ago

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

  • cbartist

    cbartist said 6 years ago

    Amen to being ten years younger and in Paris!

  • lavana

    lavana said 6 years ago

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

  • betsyyoungquist

    betsyyoungquist said 6 years ago

    Great job friend!!

  • LisaJoerling

    LisaJoerling said 6 years ago

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

  • caratsoup

    caratsoup said 6 years ago

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

  • maeyingthai

    maeyingthai said 6 years ago

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

  • marasdesigns

    marasdesigns said 6 years ago

    i love roland the bird, beautiful work.

  • Jaclynscollections

    Jaclynscollections said 6 years ago

    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!

  • dreamaginarius

    dreamaginarius said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work!

  • LaBellaDoll

    LaBellaDoll said 6 years ago

    Very cool stuff, and I love your dog too!

  • zJayne

    zJayne said 6 years ago

    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

  • shiplett

    shiplett said 6 years ago

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

  • yemmjewelry

    yemmjewelry said 6 years ago

    love your art!!!

  • pjpricey

    pjpricey said 6 years ago

    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.

  • CambriaPottery

    CambriaPottery said 6 years ago

    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.

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  • magoons

    Mercedes Lagunas from magoons said 6 years ago

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

  • Craftelina

    vik and ig from Craftelina said 6 years ago

    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!

  • rebeccahumphrey

    Rebecca Humphrey from rebeccahumphrey said 6 years ago

    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 !

  • AntaresTesla

    Antares Tesla from AntaresTesla said 6 years ago

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

  • jennymendes

    Jenny Mendes from jennymendes said 6 years ago

    Хвала вам за ваше лепим речима о мом Етси интервјуу!

  • collageoscope

    Sonja Smith from collageoscope said 6 years ago

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

  • raccoonvalleyrouge

    Rebecca Blevins from RaccoonValleyRouge said 4 years ago

    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!!!

  • elizabethpottery

    Elizabeth Hayes Halderson from elizabethpottery said 4 years ago

    Great read! Just 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!

  • bogARTstudiogallery

    Claudia Bogart from bogARTstudiogallery said 4 years ago

    I love your art work!!!!

  • TheFeralBristle

    Lara Popowitch from TheFeralBristle said 3 years ago 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.

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