Offering a unique approach to art and design
What is your role at the business? I’m Marie Cavanagh, owner, designer and maker (pictured right). Everything that is on sale in my shop is handmade by me. I make glass wall art and functional items as well as silver and glass jewellery. Name a best seller? The poppy field wall art in various different sizes is currently a best seller and is one of my favourite items to make.
small donation to the British Legion will be made on all poppy-related products sold during November. Christmas decorations are always a big hit. This year I have beautiful sparkling snowflakes and Christmas trees with tiny glass baubles.
AWhat made you decide to start the business? From a very young age I have always wanted my own shop. I have always had a passion for art and creating things. I have been making jewellery for more than 10 years, starting with crystal tiaras and wedding jewellery. I then moved on to making personalised silver jewellery and started incorporating glass into my designs. My love of glass as a medium soon escalated and now I am making everything from large pieces of wall art right down to tiny glass beads. I have been working in IT for 20 years so I thought it was time for a complete change. What sets you apart from other similar shops? My items are handmade using the finest raw materials. Each item is unique and while similar items can be made, I cannot create exact replicas, so my customers will always get something unique. I can spend time with customers to design something bespoke or some items can be purchased ‘off the shelf’. What type of customer is your favourite? All kinds of customers are great, but the ones that appreciate hand made art products are my favourite. And of course the ones that end up being repeat customers! Are you running any special offers? I run various offers and competitions which you can find on my Facebook page – FiredWorksGlass – and I am offering a 10 per cent discount to all readers during November. Quote BUCKSAD10 in store or on line at www.fired-works.com. What do you think you give to the community? I’m hoping that the residents of Chalfont St Peter are glad that I am finally opening, as the property has been empty and a bit of an eyesore for many years. It is now looking fresh and bright after extensive renovations and will complement all the other lovely shops in the village. I am looking forward to getting involved in the local activities and fundraising events, and will always donate something to a good cause. Where do you like to shop? I like to shop locally and, of course, anything handmade. I love The Lanes in Brighton but as I’ve been so busy over the last year, I haven’t had much time for shopping. Tell us what you do to unwind when you aren’t in the shop? I used to create to relieve the stress of a busy office environment, so I am very lucky that this is now my job. I am also in a belly dance troupe so I am often busy with rehearsals for shows and, as we make all our own costumes, it is not unusual to find me knee deep in sequins! Will you be running any workshops in the future? My studio is just behind the shop so I have an ideal location to run small workshops. I have recently qualified to teach jewellery so I will be able to teach a maximum of four people at any one time. Anyone interested can email me (see left).