Artist: Linda Johnson
Web site: Little Flower Designs
Blog: Little Flower Designs
Location: Abington, PA
What do you create?
Ceramic home accessories with an emphasis on hand carved and etched surface design.
How did you come up with your company name?
When I first started to work in clay I signed all of my pieces with a little flower so, in my mind, my ceramic work was always been little flower designs.
When and why did you decide to start your business?
I officially launched Little Flower Designs in the summer of 2004 after completing an interior design program. I was really into all the different home accessories and knew my focus was more in the details than in designing whole rooms and spaces. I had been working in clay for years but the program put it into a design and business perspective for me. So I got my certificate and filed my business registration the same week.
Where do you get your inspiration for your designs?
I am greatly inspired by nature and fashion. The core of my designs come from nature, being outside and observing, then the colors seem to be inspired by fashion trends. I look at a lot of magazines both for home and fashion, I think I absorb the great color combinations and they make their way into my palette.
Which of the tools you use is your favorite?
I don't really have a favorite, I use so many different tools to make each piece that I really couldn't function without most of them.
What keeps you motivated?
I love to make things so no motivation is needed, when I get in the studio it's hard for me to leave.
How do you get the word out about your work?
Everything from blogs, attending craft shows, and advertising, you really need to do it all.
What is your main goal for the next 6-12 months?
In the next 6 -12 months I hope to continue to grow my business with a focus on my local area. I also have plans to expand my line and do some one of a kind pieces.
What advice would you give to someone starting a creative business?
Love what you're making, and do plenty of research on the business aspects of your field.
What’s the most important thing you’d like people to know/understand about your work?
My work is very process oriented. I hand make each and every piece without the use of molds or a magic wand! All of my vessels are hand thrown, carved and glazed by me. I would like people to see the detail involved and know they are buying something that I poured my heart into. And not poured into a mold!
Who are some of your favorite indie designers/artists?
Gosh, there are so many. I'm loving Amy Rice's paintings and prints, Supayana makes great one of a kind tops, Camilla Engman, Amy Ruppel, Lotta Jansdotter and Diana Fayt, all have great aesthetics' that I find inspiring.
What city, that you’ve never been to, would you like to visit?
I would love to visit Venice, there is something about the water that really appeals to me.
What's your definition of a perfect day?
Waking up to beautiful weather a little on the chilly side, yoga then coffee and a good chat with my husband, a nice walk with the dog, then a productive day in the studio followed by a good meal I don't have to cook and a movie or music out.
Thank you Linda!