Friday Feature - 28.04.17
As part of our Meet the Maker series on our blog, we have created Friday Feature. Every Friday we will feature a team member and their Etsy shop, to give you a quick glance behind the scenes and discover more about our diverse team members.
Friday 28 April, 2017 - Jinny Ngui Design
Name: Jinny Ngui
Location: Bow, East London
Etsy Shop: JinnyNguiDesign
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:
I design and hand decorate bone china tableware, from my studio in Hackney Wick. I have been selling on Etsy and at markets full time for about 4 years now, with some freelance on side. I live in Bow with my husband James and our dog Ham. I love living in London and exploring markets, museums and most of all sampling all the amazing food the capital has to offer.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED ON ETSY?
I was working full time when I opened my shop in 2011. I listed a few items and sort of left it to do its own thing. I was then made redundant later in 2012 and decided to do more of my own work instead of freelancing. I'm very lucky to have my own kiln, which lives at my mum's house and after a few steep learning curves, I now have my production times sort of under control. It's great being hands on with my business and being able to see ideas become products in a quick turnaround.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR DESIGN/MAKING PROCESS:
Surface design was my favourite design process when I was studying, screen printing especially. I unfortunately don't have access to a printing press, so I send my designs off to digital and screen printing specialists in Stoke-on-Trent. I apply all my designs to bone china shapes by hand. First I make sure all the bone china is clean. The designs are printed on special paper, which when placed in water the decal can slide off and be applied to a shape. Using a rubber kidney I squeegee out excess water and any air bubbles between the decal and the bone china, then a cloth to wipe down and leave to dry. When everything is ready for firing I pop back to see my mum to load my kiln. To save energy I usually fire the kiln over night. The kiln fires up to 820°C making the decal fuse with the glaze of the bone china.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
I enjoy being my own boss (well most of the time) and my favourite aspect of my business is working with customers on commissions for special occasions - wedding gifts, birthday presents and commemorative pieces. Wedding presents are probably my favourite, often taking something like the wedding invitation or something personal to the couple to create memento of the day.
WHEN AND WHY DID YOU JOIN THE TEAM?
I joined the team in the Summer of 2015. I was keen to meet more self-employed creatives based in London and at that time Etsy were organising their annual Craft Party. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to get involved and learn more about selling about Etsy. It's been fantastic being part of a creative community, the support and friendship has been invaluable. If you aren't a member of your local Etsy team, I highly recommend it!
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