Artist Profile: Misty Maynard

Glass artist Misty Maynard uses dichroic glass to create both jewelry and functional and decorative wall art. She spoke with us about her passion for glass and her success selling what she loves.

 

Mermaid Earrings by Misty Maynard. Read her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  How did you get started working with glass as a medium?

MM:  I have always loved to create!  While I enjoy working in many mediums, I was drawn to glass because of its functional nature. You can wear it, display it, and use it.

I began working with glass in 2002. While taking a stained glass class, I found that I really enjoyed the “free days” where we were able to make fused glass projects—I was hooked! I bought a small kiln and began trying to learn as much as I could through trial and error and via online resources.

 

"Water" jewelry by Misty Maynard. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

I enjoy working with glass because it is so versatile. There are so many variations and techniques that the medium continues to offer new learning opportunities. It is an art form that allows you to continually evolve as an artist.

 

"Family Tree" by Misty Maynard. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  Describe the variety of work that you create.

MM:  Initially, I only made jewelry, because I had a small tabletop kiln. My jewelry is created primarily from dichroic glass (meaning glass that will shift between two or more colors). I love the shimmer and dimension that dichroic lends to jewelry.

I have begun to branch out into functional and decorative wall art. I have introduced bowls, plates, and decorative pieces into my line.

 

"Poppy" by Misty Maynard. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

I am obsessed with bright colors! I am very inspired by trees and water—many of my pieces reflect that. I am extremely drawn to retro/nostalgic subject matter, and have been creating projects with these themes. I also like to incorporate texture into my pieces. People want to touch things! I want my buyers to enjoy my pieces visually and tactilely.

 

"Vacation Waves" by Misty Maynard. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  Why do you believe your work sells so well, and what advice would you have for other artists?

MM:  I am a strong believer in providing a quality product with amazing customer service.

Primarily, I believe that it is important to only show items that I am proud to attach my name to. If something is a little off, I don’t sell it. I have worked hard to create a line that can be accessible to people with many different interests, and I also try to have items that span a variety of price points. I like to keep my items fresh and try to offer something new each season.

 

"Tree Necklace" by Misty Maynard. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

I am a firm believer in providing excellent customer service and I am willing to work with buyers to create something original. I ship things out the next business day, and respond to questions as soon as possible.

My advice to other artists who are going to sell online is to be prepared to do a lot of work to get your products noticed. There are so many sellers out there that it takes a lot of time and dedication to market yourself so that you stand out in the crowd. I have worked hard this year to increase my online presence. It is really a work in progress!

 

"Elemental" by Misty Maynard. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

Lastly, jump in with both feet! If you want to take your artwork to the next level it will take an investment in time and energy. It is a job—but hopefully a job you love.

 

 

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