Chrissy Ann Ceramics
Tell us about your business.Chrissy Feiteira is a full time ceramic artist working in a historic textile mill in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Growing up the daughter of Azorean immigrants, she had lots of exposure to the traditions and importance of handmade which has significantly influenced her artwork and adult life. “I come from a family of artists and makers. My parents and grandparents were creative types, artists and musicians. I grew up in a home of craft projects, painting and drawing together while listening to records as a family was how we spent our time together. I learned to make sense of the world and to socialize with others in the community through art and creating with my hands.” Her art is about the connection between artist and community, about tradition. Her inspiration is to design beautiful pieces that people will bring into their homes to share with their friends and families, to cherish while incorporating them into their everyday lives.
What makes your business stand out?Currently, I am working in a historic textile mill in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The studio building resides in a small residential neighborhood which was once one of the largest textile manufactures on the East Coast. All of my designs are handmade using locally sourced clay from Western Massachusetts. My absolute favorite is their stoneware which is a warm brown tone, slightly gritty and just beautiful! I love the rich glaze colors I am able to achieve using it! Although my background is in ceramic sculpture, I have designed and create handmade tiles, dish ware and special occasion gifts that I have been selling to boutiques around the country and locally at farmers markets and juried art festivals. I have been selling on Etsy for several years now. My most popular online items are wedding based. I love making personalized pieces that become keepsakes for years to come!
What's the best business advice you've received?The best business advice I've received is to apply myself full time. As a new business, I had to waitress to help carry myself and my business financially for years. Once I realized I had to work on my business full time and my waitressing on the side, my business began to grow. Soon, my waitressing job only got in the way until finally I left and took the leap to full time ceramic artist!
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