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Quit Your Day Job: Creative With Clay

May 17, 2011

by Mary Andrews

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Tell us about your previous working situation and how you discovered Etsy.
My name is Charan and I was once solely focused on software engineering. I was at my last job for 10 years, doing performance analysis on computer architecture features. To balance my professional life, I was simultaneously working with clay and had been selling at 2-3 shows a year. On attending a class from the Business of Crafts — led by Pam Corwin — I heard about Etsy. It made me think about the possibility of selling my pieces without having to take time off from work.

How did you prepare to transition into full-time Etsy selling?
When I first opened my store on Etsy, I wasn’t sure where it would take me. At first I was skeptical about selling online, because I felt pottery can be appreciated only if it is touched and felt — especially when it was about creating textures with my slip decorations, stamps and carvings. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that there are shoppers who prefer buying online rather than going to art shows.

Being an engineer and a very process-oriented person, I had also been making spreadsheets and plotting charts to figure out how much I would need to sell to make a living. This helped me evaluate the pricing of my work for retail/wholesale and also increased my efficiency. There is a lot more time and energy spent in selling your work than making it.

What is your favorite part about working with clay?
I enjoy every stage: I love handbuilding and wheel-throwing with soft clay, then the perfect soft stage when I can alter my forms. I really get in the zone when slip decorating my work. I put on my favorite Bollywood music and decorate. It is my meditation, and it requires all of my focus.

How did living in India influence your current work?
Most of my inspiration comes from Indian culture. I was born in Kuwait to Indian parents, and even though we were in a foreign country, my parents always surrounded us with things that were Indian. When we moved back to India during the Gulf War, my mom started a boutique for brides and bridesmaids in Mumbai. Weddings in India are something to behold — the women dress up in bright colors with elaborate embroidery patterns, each one different from the next. The colors and textures of intricate embroideries on silk fabric always caught my attention. I didn’t think about integrating this influence into my pottery until a few years back.

Another source of my inspiration is Indian cinema, also known as Bollywood. Apart from the elaborate set and costume designs, I love the music and dancing. The swaying of synchronized dancers, movement of long flowing fabrics, gestures and poses are very integral aspects of the genre. I try to capture this animated feel in my sculpture.

What are your best marketing tips?

 

  • Take good pictures and have good descriptions of your work.
  • I use my blog and Facebook fan page to share the process that goes into making my work, as well as the inspiration behind it. 
  • Making a connection with a customer through the story behind your work is very important to sell items and create repeat customers.

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
Among my higher-end items, my most popular line has been my butter dishes for their unique decorative design and ability to hold a bamboo butter knife in the lid.

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What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
I think it would be giveaways on blogs where I was featured. They haven’t resulted in any direct sales that I know of. However, having your name on more blogs does increase your Google ranking and makes it easier to find your work. But so far, no regrets.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
The hardest part is the multiple hats I have to wear. I am the artist, maker, bookkeeper, sales person, advertising department, cleaner and much more. There are some days that I don’t make anything in my studio because I am doing everything else. The good thing is that I get to learn so much about all aspects of running a business.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
My biggest challenge is time. I wish there were 48 hours in a day. I would like to include some exercise time, but every morning I greet my elliptical and say,”Tomorrow… for sure!”

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?
Making my own hours. I can list my priorities and schedule them on my terms. At the end of the day, if I have accomplished something great, then I know it. I am not looking for that validation from upper management. I enjoy taking ownership and responsibility for my own actions.

What advice would you give someone considering a similar path?
It is hard work, but if you are passionate about what you do, it doesn’t feel like a drag. One thing I didn’t realize until I left my job was how productive you can be when you are focused. Earlier, with my head split between my full time job and pottery, I couldn’t give anything my 100%. With focus on what you are passionate about, you can channel all your energy and efforts.

What goals do you have in store for the future of your business?
This year I am doing more art shows and have been focusing on getting my work to more galleries and gift shops. Since doing my pottery full time, I have received several wholesale accounts which I couldn’t commit to earlier because of my two jobs. I am excited to see where this path takes me and I couldn’t do it without the support of my family and friends.

Thanks for sharing your story, Charan. Check out his work in the Seller’s Items below.

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190 comments

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 6 years ago

    One of my favorite etsy shops! Congrats on your feature Charan!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Amazing! I love your shop! Just beautiful!!! Congrats!!!

  • irishandmore

    irishandmore said 6 years ago

    Beautiful pieces. I love the fabric influence. Congrats on your success and on the feature!

  • JesPlayin

    JesPlayin said 6 years ago

    my mind is blown with the beauty of your pieces! absolutely gorgeous! congrats on your feature.

  • 9cirmes

    9cirmes said 6 years ago

    As I daydream about this day arriving in my future, my hat is off to you and your beautiful creations.

  • jamiebandito

    jamiebandito said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work - love the butter dishes!

  • kathyscraftroom55

    kathyscraftroom55 said 6 years ago

    Very pretty ceramic items!! Love your work & shop. :o)

  • JDWolfePottery

    JDWolfePottery said 6 years ago

    You are awesome! Congratulations!

  • ArtistBeingHuman

    ArtistBeingHuman said 6 years ago

    Love your really unique, original style. Congratulations on your success.

  • magprint

    magprint said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work.

  • vesselsandwares

    vesselsandwares said 6 years ago

    Yay! One of my etsy favorites! I have a lovely butter dish that greets me from the fridge every morning. It is a joy to use and a pleasure to look at. Love your work!

  • chARiTyelise

    chARiTyelise said 6 years ago

    Charan-- i am so delighted to see you featured here! as you know, i have always been a big fan of your work and i so enjoy watching you continually grow and develop as an artist!! your work is magical and your generosity of spirit in sharing what you do with the Etsy Mud team and other artists is so wonderful as well!! Kudos friend!!!

  • tasticlife

    tasticlife said 6 years ago

    Bought a piece from Charan a while back. It's still one of my favorites. What a great seller. Congrats on the feature!

  • VitalVintage

    VitalVintage said 6 years ago

    Such a fun shop! Congrats on the feature!

  • HobbyPotter

    HobbyPotter said 6 years ago

    Oh Charan this is great!! I loved reading your history and how you came to be doing pottery. Knowing what influences your design is also very intriguing. Love you designs!!!!

  • reiter8

    reiter8 said 6 years ago

    Lovely seller and article. I chuckled when I read about wishing for a 48 hour day and always pushing off exercise until tomorrow - I can totally relate! Beautiful products - wishing you all the best and much success!

  • fbstudiovt

    fbstudiovt said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and patterns! It's so nice to see a profile on someone with an engineering background who is also passionate about art. I feel like the two just don't get enough recognition for their similarities....

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 6 years ago

    I don't work with clay; but, I really like clay. The designs and the attention to the detail to your work is amazing and very unique. I found your story very inspirational and will be following your blog. Congratulations on the feature.

  • dorothydomingo

    dorothydomingo said 6 years ago

    Congrats, Charan, on your well deserved feature! And I love your new henna tattoo vases!

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 6 years ago

    Wow, I love the colors/patterns/textures! Gorgeous work! Congratulations on the feature!

  • jibbyandjuna

    jibbyandjuna said 6 years ago

    I have admired your work for quite a while and it great to see you featured here and to learn more about your journey! Best wishes for continued success

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 6 years ago

    What a fabulous shop and article!

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio said 6 years ago

    Lovely shop! I love your work. Congratulations on a great article!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 6 years ago

    Such beautiful shop! Thanks for giving us a closer look!

  • TickledPinkKnits

    TickledPinkKnits said 6 years ago

    I think your work is phenomenal! Thank you for sharing your story.

  • LetsAllMakeBelieve

    LetsAllMakeBelieve said 6 years ago

    Your whole shop is BEAUTIFUL! :)

  • Morado

    Morado said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Your shop is wonderful!! I can see how Bollywood and India can be so inspiring.

  • raspberrybutterflies

    raspberrybutterflies said 6 years ago

    your work is amazing, so beautiful and unique, I love it thanks for sharing with us.

  • warmnfuzzies

    warmnfuzzies said 6 years ago

    Fabulous and creative shop!

  • FionaArt

    FionaArt said 6 years ago

    Very beautiful and creative work, and a very inspiring person to read about, congratulations and best of luck.

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! I've never seen work quite like yours, ever!

  • seasonsofthevalley

    seasonsofthevalley said 6 years ago

    Great work! I love the QYDJ posts! So inspiring

  • paulakitty1

    paulakitty1 said 6 years ago

    Congrats, your shop is amazing!

  • ameliegallery

    ameliegallery said 6 years ago

    Wonderful stuff...!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful works.

  • cedarpocket

    cedarpocket said 6 years ago

    Thank you for your honesty and experience you share in this interview. You so clearly express the benefits and difficulties of running an online business! I've admired your work from afar...nice to see the person behind it! Melissa

  • ElegantElementsOnlin

    ElegantElementsOnlin said 6 years ago

    Beautiful pieces. Thank you so much for sharing your story, it is helpful and inspiring. I've got to focus on connecting with people and sharing my creative process. Because I enjoy my craft and it's such a spiritual and meditative process for me, it's hard to come out of my work room and do the required marketing. I'm making that commitment today. Thanks again and much continued success.

  • khphillips

    khphillips said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature Charan! Excellent work!

  • DaHukaHouse

    DaHukaHouse said 6 years ago

    Really beautiful work. Congrats!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work, really inspiring for me to see another potter whos quit their day job! Can really see the indian influences in your work, my mother has a beautiful sari she got on her travels to India. Beautiful work!

  • kremboland

    kremboland said 6 years ago

    Hi! Just marked your shop as one of my fave last week...I love your work, your choice of colors, lines - very unique and interesting! wish you best of luck!

  • vcreations

    vcreations said 6 years ago

    amazing items congrats you have beautiful items thanks for sharing

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 6 years ago

    I love your "dancing pieces" and with the music inspiring you, its clear where they grew from! I Have admired your work for some time, congratulations on the feature.

  • littlebugjewelry

    littlebugjewelry said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work!

  • handprintlady

    handprintlady said 6 years ago

    I was wondering how you work a full time job and produce so much..now I know that you finally quit your old job. Congratulations! I think you made a real niche for yourself..your work is original and unmistakeable, something that is hard to achieve in pottery. The quality of your work is amazing!

  • deLcobrestudio

    deLcobrestudio said 6 years ago

    Congrats !!! Love your work !!!! :D

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the great advice! May much continued success follow.

  • tlasslett

    tlasslett said 6 years ago

    I agree whole heartedly with everyone. Your works are super beautiful. I hope to purchase one soon.

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals said 6 years ago

    I had fun reading your interview. Congratulations. Beautiful shop, so many gorgeous designs.

  • MaBille

    MaBille said 6 years ago

    So I'm not the only one looking for a way to add 24 hours to every day!??! Congratulations: all the different hats that you wear, the lead to BEAUTIFUL results. I wish I could just appear in you workshop and look and touch ... The colors, the details...wow...gorgeous. Thanks for sharing different tips. Have a great too-short-day!

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 6 years ago

    Fabulous work, congrats!

  • kikisthisandthat

    kikisthisandthat said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work....Congratulations!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    great story and process. love your work - so whimsical and beautiful.

  • ArtigianoJewelBox

    ArtigianoJewelBox said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing a great story.

  • JulieLillian

    JulieLillian said 6 years ago

    Your work is magnificent. Congratulations! Cheers, JulieLillian

  • greedysis

    greedysis said 6 years ago

    congratulations, great advice and tips!!! love your butter dish and pillow shakers (-:

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    Beautiful, beautiful work! Wishing you continued success!

  • modernbird

    modernbird said 6 years ago

    beautiful work, inspiring interview. thanks!

  • SoapForYourSoul

    SoapForYourSoul said 6 years ago

    Beautiful pottery! Congrats on going full time.

  • amberike

    amberike said 6 years ago

    Such beautiful work. Congrats!

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 6 years ago

    Love the designs. Love your style....gorgeous! Congrats!

  • omajean8

    omajean8 said 6 years ago

    Loved reading the back story, suspected you had an engineering/systems thinker background, based on the items I have purchased from you! just saving up to buy some more...

  • ArchetypeZ

    ArchetypeZ said 6 years ago

    Great work. Love the colors.

  • quirkyshop

    quirkyshop said 6 years ago

    Awesome!

  • fromthedrawingboard

    fromthedrawingboard said 6 years ago

    Really great stuff! Thank you for sharing.

  • Gamut

    Gamut said 6 years ago

    Yay to Bollywood and India! I also love the colors and designs-blessings on your new full time creative life.

  • mirabellamorello

    mirabellamorello said 6 years ago

    It's so inspiring to read your story! Your work is just beautiful! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!!

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 6 years ago

    Very nice work, I also love your influence of Bollywood, the movement and fabric, lovely. Congratulations on your success.

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful shop, and such whimsical pieces! Thanks again for another revealing interview Etsy ♦ Heidi

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 6 years ago

    Wow...the Indian inspiration definately shows in your work. Your pottery is beautiful! Congrats on following your true calling!

  • patspottery

    patspottery said 6 years ago

    Congrats Charan ♥♥

  • ceciliabluevintage

    ceciliabluevintage said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! It was heartfelt and inspiring.

  • rgtmum

    rgtmum said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work - thanks for sharing your success - lovely article too...

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 6 years ago

    Beautiful pottery! Congratulations!

  • TSMC

    TSMC said 6 years ago

    Thank you for shareing it is nice to hear though I know I am not the only one juggeling all parts of business and striving to succeed :)

  • Creativewithclay

    Creativewithclay said 6 years ago

    Thank you everyone for your comments! It wouldn't be possible with the support of Etsy and customers I have come across here

  • artnouveaupassion

    artnouveaupassion said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous, whimsical, functional and cultural! Awesomeness!

  • adorapop

    adorapop said 6 years ago

    What a lovely interview - really made me smile :) Very inspirational and a great reminder of all the joys of working for oneself!

  • ConceptsInClay

    ConceptsInClay said 6 years ago

    There is great consistency in style and beauty amongst your pieces - something I am always trying to achieve myself! Love your work - congrats on the feature and thanks for the encouraging words!!

  • elliven

    elliven said 6 years ago

    congratulations on the well deserved feature! beautiful work!

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 6 years ago

    Wow! Lovely works!!! very beautiful pottery :)

  • DowntownGirlVintage

    DowntownGirlVintage said 6 years ago

    Nice story! Thank you for sharing :)

  • Anawerks

    Anawerks said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work, Charan, I love how you make your dishes dance. :)

  • keeleybehling

    keeleybehling said 6 years ago

    Great interview. Love the detail of the pottery.

  • RedMarionette

    RedMarionette said 6 years ago

    Your work is stunning! I love the Pillow shakers and the butter dishes! Beautiful and functional - something I strive to look for in houseware pieces. Congratulations on quitting your day job!

  • WSDreams

    WSDreams said 6 years ago

    WOW. Truly outstanding craftsmanship. Your work is positively incredible! :) Congratulations on much deserved success and recognition! :) --Kim

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    So why haven't I run across your shop before? Great products! I love colorful, functional pieces for the home. Congrats and continued success to you.

  • SweetNSassySewing

    SweetNSassySewing said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Your work is very intricate and beautiful! ~Lisa :o)

  • ClayLickCreekPottery

    ClayLickCreekPottery said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the great article and your wonderful story of success!

  • bud1

    bud1 said 6 years ago

    I love your work ... passion ... and thoughtfulness. Congrats and thanks for sharing your story.

  • bud1

    bud1 said 6 years ago

    I love your work ... passion ... and thoughtfulness. Congrats and thanks for sharing your story.

  • kat4526

    kat4526 said 6 years ago

    love the pottery, very unique! A very honest interview...it comes down to a lot of hard work, long hours, lots of marketing and getting out into the public as well. Some great advice!

  • LittleBayClay

    LittleBayClay said 6 years ago

    Well done! congratulations, Charan, all the best

  • Marumadrid

    Marumadrid said 6 years ago

    Pretty colorful stuff, I like it! :)

  • pulpsushi

    pulpsushi said 6 years ago

    What a gorgeous shop and stunning work, congratulations!

  • lesperancetile

    lesperancetile said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature, Charan!! Your work is so lovely!!

  • GoldhawkPotteryEtc

    GoldhawkPotteryEtc said 6 years ago

    Thank you for a great interview. The hours really are tough but if you love clay, you will succeed!

  • LittleStudioJewels

    LittleStudioJewels said 6 years ago

    So whimsical and beautiful! I love the colors and patterns - so original yet they would work in any decor. Great interview and I wish him every success!

  • Misspottery

    Misspottery said 6 years ago

    I have a beautiful Charan mug that I purchased a few years ago after watching a video of him slip decorating his work. Love it - congrats Charan!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    Amazing works of art..............Thank u for sharing u'r story!

  • priya123

    priya123 said 6 years ago

    Charan ji.. heartiest congrats & what a beautful amazing work !

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work

  • Phaiix

    Phaiix said 6 years ago

    Amazing, unique and beautiful items. Fell in love with it all at first glance. Your story, passion, determination and hard work are a true inspiration. Thank you for sharing it with us :)

  • DreadyPrincessDesign

    DreadyPrincessDesign said 6 years ago

    The colors and patterns are absolutely awesome! Your attitude and amazing art is exactly why you were featured on here! Sending a genuine, heartfelt, "congrats" on your success!!!! :)

  • LesasPlunderPlace

    LesasPlunderPlace said 6 years ago

    Sighhhh.... Such beauty! I am in awe -- and aww! Because the pillow salt and pepper shakers and pillow trinket boxes are just so sweet! Your butter dish design is truly clever! Congratulations on being featured! :-)

  • pearlies4girlies

    pearlies4girlies said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your success, what a great Etsy shop! Love your oil bottles!

  • ImSoVintage

    ImSoVintage said 6 years ago

    beautiful work.

  • LittleMissCards

    LittleMissCards said 6 years ago

    what beautiful work! I love it!

  • SongandBranch

    SongandBranch said 6 years ago

    Grats Charan! You definitely deserve to be here!

  • SweetOliveSupplies

    SweetOliveSupplies said 6 years ago

    Great stuff! I love Indian art and patterns too!

  • TheFertileGarden

    TheFertileGarden said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work and colors, inspirational feature!!

  • cheapworks

    cheapworks said 6 years ago

    Your work is breathtaking. I am envious, truly.

  • carolyntreasures

    carolyntreasures said 6 years ago

    Mr. Charan: You truly have gifted hands. The craftsmanship of your work speaks for itself. I've always enjoyed a nice pottery design and plan on taking a class very soon. Continued Success!!!

  • bodegaofplenty

    bodegaofplenty said 6 years ago

    what a great story- and what an amazing turnabout in careers- I would have never guessed one could go from software to pottery. Truly great work : ) Congrats.

  • BetsyBellPP

    BetsyBellPP said 6 years ago

    Wow this is great. And colour wise just what I like. Truly inspiring.

  • GlazedOver

    GlazedOver said 6 years ago

    I can say without at doubt that we are living quite parallel lives. I've always admired your work, Charan. Great article!

  • kzannoart

    kzannoart said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, you deserve all the kudos and more , delightful work, really beautiful and unique !

  • secretjewellz

    secretjewellz said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured. Truly beautiful works. All the best to you.

  • 60sDaughter

    60sDaughter said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! What Beautiful Colourful Creations :)

  • kzannoart

    kzannoart said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, you deserve all the kudos and more , delightful work, really beautiful and unique !

  • kzannoart

    kzannoart said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, you deserve all the kudos and more , delightful work, really beautiful and unique !

  • jesstice

    jesstice said 6 years ago

    thank you for such a great interview-- the part about not looking for validation from upper management really struck a chord with me.

  • JAnnsBoutique

    JAnnsBoutique said 6 years ago

    One of my fave shops to date! such unique pieces.

  • BasahanAlit

    BasahanAlit said 6 years ago

    Lovely items... I just love the colours, earthly yet bright at the same time ^_^

  • loveartworks

    loveartworks said 6 years ago

    SUPER Awesome BIG Congratulations Charan!! Love the Interview and I am so Happy for your Success!! See you soon I hope!! :)

  • tbtcwedding

    tbtcwedding said 6 years ago

    Beautiful works! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • ialbert

    ialbert said 6 years ago

    Very inspirational article for me, thanks ! as I am also a software engineer who is working hard to make a mark in art world. Best wishes Charan

  • Samanthasporcelain

    Samanthasporcelain said 6 years ago

    Wonderful,beautiful creations! Thanks for sharing!

  • theapawthecary

    theapawthecary said 6 years ago

    Very nice!!! love the article!!! I am one of those that buy pottery online!!!

  • aroluna

    aroluna said 6 years ago

    Awesome Charan! is great to see you featured! Well deserved! You know I love your work and I'm always looking at how you develop your business!

  • Fianaturals

    Fianaturals said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! I really love your work !!!So beautiful and your shop is in my favorite shops! Blessings

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous colors and designs!! Going out on your own was a great decision. Wish you great success.

  • piecesofelises

    piecesofelises said 6 years ago

    I love your work! I can definitely see the Bollywood influence in the patterns and construction of yout pieces. Congrats on the feature!

  • nightowlcraftworks

    nightowlcraftworks said 6 years ago

    Great job Charan! I've followed your work ever since your DIY network feature. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

  • fromjeanne

    fromjeanne said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thank you for your story!

  • PerfectStrokes

    PerfectStrokes said 6 years ago

    Absolutely Balle Balle work! Fantastic attention to details. Paaji, I also recently quit my day job to focus on painting. Please visit my store and guide me about how to improve my work (and to a lesser extent, increase sales!) :) Your shop is favorite-d!

  • PCanPotter

    PCanPotter said 6 years ago

    From one potter to another--my sincere congratulations. You have great skill and have been very blessed.

  • kapeldesigns

    kapeldesigns said 6 years ago

    Incredible! Love it.

  • sofialgarvia

    sofialgarvia said 6 years ago

    Congratulations - you have wonderful pieces of pottery, I never bought pottery online, but I made me change my made about it, with all the beautiful objects only a click away! Wish you great sucess!

  • ProdigyCrafts

    ProdigyCrafts said 6 years ago

    very inspiring!

  • gjnoland

    gjnoland said 6 years ago

    Awesome work and great photography!

  • caratsoup

    caratsoup said 6 years ago

    Your work is simply wonderful! I love all your colors. Thanks for sharing.

  • ElaborateStitches

    ElaborateStitches said 6 years ago

    Wow you do wonderful work! Thank you for the information and great advice.

  • Vintage2NewJewelry

    Vintage2NewJewelry said 6 years ago

    I absolutely love your pottery! The colors and designs are amazing! I am so glad I found your shop and thanks for sharing your story. I wish you all the best.

  • flowerandpearlstudio

    flowerandpearlstudio said 6 years ago

    Love your work! It makes to sad to hear that you have to spend more time selling than making things. It still has to be better than working full time at another job and trying to make a go of our business.I'm happy for you.

  • Feille

    Feille said 6 years ago

    OMG! Beautiful!

  • deefinitydesigns

    deefinitydesigns said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!

  • silversamba

    silversamba said 6 years ago

    thanks for sharing!! Alana

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 6 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL the word says it all.

  • ChezaIndigo13

    ChezaIndigo13 said 6 years ago

    Your work is amazing and inspiring and oh so BEAUTIFUL. Thank you for your words of wisdom and for sharing your story and hope.

  • juditavill

    juditavill said 6 years ago

    Charan is a total rock star!!!

  • TidbitsOfColor

    TidbitsOfColor said 6 years ago

    These are gorgeous!

  • BoutiquebyGrace

    BoutiquebyGrace said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work!! Love the butter dish.

  • NowISee

    NowISee said 6 years ago

    Your products are amazingly beautiful. Your store, one of my favorites already ;) Keep designing - the world needs products such as yours - handmade craftsmanship.

  • Goldenoaks

    Goldenoaks said 6 years ago

    Wow ! Like it

  • mindfulmatters

    mindfulmatters said 6 years ago

    Stunning pottery with graceful movement! Your shop is a visual feast Charan - wishing you continued success!

  • SeedandSky

    SeedandSky said 6 years ago

    A wonderful interview. My mother was a potter (still is) when I was growing up, and so I know firsthand what it takes to bring that dream to fruition. Your pots are gorgeous, congratulations!!!

  • bloomingfancysisters

    bloomingfancysisters said 6 years ago

    I absolutely Love your work! It is beautiful, and you are obviously very compassionate about what you do. I am hoping to evolve my creativity in different ways, as now I love to make jewelry, and create items from recycled finds, and paint, but because of my personal situation right now, I am not able to do all the things I want to. So I am looking foward to the future and you have inspired me! I am soooo ready~so maybe sometime in the future I will be able to show what I can do! You are amazing! I really enjoyed your interview~Congratulations!

  • JulieAnnLopez

    JulieAnnLopez said 6 years ago

    Just love his work. What a great read, too. Thanks for this!

  • JennasRedRhino

    JennasRedRhino said 6 years ago

    Charan does exceptional work. I bought two custom pieces earlier this year and am so pleased!

  • Silkartist

    Silkartist said 6 years ago

    Your work is so very beautiful!

  • creations138

    creations138 said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! great Advice!

  • Daisymetalcreations

    Daisymetalcreations said 6 years ago

    Great advice! amazing work!

  • TrulyAesthetic

    TrulyAesthetic said 6 years ago

    I wish you all the best! Thank you sharing your experiences with us :)

  • Luckymoondesigns

    Luckymoondesigns said 6 years ago

    I just read your article...I am just getting ready to set up my store. I wrote down some things you said worked for you!! Thanks and the best of luck to you. Your work is stunning!!

  • briannachamberlain

    briannachamberlain said 6 years ago

    Clay is something that I have yet to try. Thank you for the inspiration. Such beautiful designs.

  • capurrocustoms23

    capurrocustoms23 said 6 years ago

    I love your article! I am jealous! I want etsy to be my full time job!

  • deardavy

    deardavy said 6 years ago

    So unique!

  • keishapeguespottery

    keishapeguespottery said 6 years ago

    You're work us gorgeous! Don't you have a channel on Youtube? I think I saw you there making cups with buttons??? Amazing!!!!

  • keishapeguespottery

    keishapeguespottery said 6 years ago

    I can see what you mean about having 2 jobs. It's so hard to focus with them both. Best wishes to you!

  • StarLotusCreations

    StarLotusCreations said 6 years ago

    Great story. I once had a full time job. Etsy is becoming kinda like a full time job. Great work.

  • thebqe

    thebqe said 6 years ago

    Amazing work!! Congrats on the feature. Love the intricate design in your work!

  • vickiorion

    vickiorion said 6 years ago

    My pieces from Charan are among my favorites! Great article!

  • Creativewithclay

    Creativewithclay said 6 years ago

    Yes.. I have a youtube channel as well. http://www.youtube.com/user/Creativeclay

  • KristinaChadwick

    KristinaChadwick said 6 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful work Charan! I'm an Etsy newbie and just stumbled upon this article. What a wonderful story! And you get to live in one of my favorite places - I miss running over to Seattle Pottery Supply! Now I have to drive to Pennsylvania. I wish you continued success and will follow your work now that I've found you!

  • BeJeweledNH

    BeJeweledNH said 6 years ago

    Congrats Charan! I was just in Serendipity Boutique in Exeter yesterday admiring your work - it's all so beautiful!

  • BeJeweledNH

    BeJeweledNH said 6 years ago

    Congrats Charan! I was just in Serendipity Boutique in Exeter, NH yesterday admiring your work - it's all so beautiful!

  • WomanOfClayArtworks

    WomanOfClayArtworks said 6 years ago

    Congrats Charan!!!!!!!!!! Your work is amazing and it deserves the rewards. Here's to continued success!

  • ethicBioskin

    ethicBioskin said 6 years ago

    Excellent work! wow !Congratulations Charan!

  • BeaBeaCouture

    BeaBeaCouture said 6 years ago

    Wow. What gorgeous work!!!

  • TGagneCeramics

    TGagneCeramics said 6 years ago

    Excellent article. Continued success and enjoyment.

  • MDCInteriors

    MDCInteriors said 6 years ago

    Your story is an inspiration. Great pieces!

  • cicisvintage

    cicisvintage said 6 years ago

    I too love playing with clay. I love your pieces! And you're right, the butter dishes truly are beautiful! I love to make models of rooms. My profile pic is one of my favorite pieces that I have done...

  • Artbushed

    Artbushed said 6 years ago

    This is what it's all about......

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    I love your pottery. Your shop and designs are so amazing thank you for sharing such a great interview with us and much continued success.

  • VashiaDesigns

    VashiaDesigns said 6 years ago

    love your shop!!! charan, how did u know what piece to make a lot of when u first started out? the piece that would take u beyond ur wildest dreams, and how many did u make??

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  • BubbelahSue

    BubbelahSue said 3 years ago

    I couldn't believe my eyes when I came upon your Etsy page last night. Mesmerizingly beautiful! I can't wait for my first piece of your work to arrive!!

  • angelikatraylor

    Angelika Traylor from angelikatraylor said 1 year ago

    Wonderful article! I always love reading how others find their creative side take over their lives. Beautiful work!

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