Here’s a quick little interview I did with Juliet Ames from The Broken Plate Pendant Co. Juliet breaks plates, if you couldn’t figure that from the name of her company, and makes jewelry and accessories with the broken bits. I am a big fan and even have my own Broken Plate earrings and necklace.
Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out Juliet’s goodies afterward!
1. What’s the name of your business, what do create and sell and how did you get your start?
I started The Broken Plate Pendant Co. in 2006 after creating some jewelry out of plate scraps left over from creating a mosaic. As soon as I started wearing one around, I started getting orders for more.
2. Share some of your inspirations.
I am inspired by the ugliest plates abandoned at the thrift shop. Whenever I need inspiration for new work, I just run to Goodwill and pick up some new tacky plates to break.
3. What three things would you want to be able to have if you were on a deserted island? Beyond the basics of survival.
Chapstick, a computer (with internet connection), and a fully stocked Kindle.
4. What do you like to listen to while you create?
I usually listen to NPR or podcasts of This American Life. Makes me feel like I am listening in to water cooler talk, the one an only thing I miss about working in an office.
5. What blogs and mags do you read and what shops do you shop at?
I love to get lost on the Internet. Sometimes I start with a blog that I read daily, like Indie Fixx (of course), and click blog link after blog link until I end up in a deep corner of the Internet. I read Real Simple and Bust religiously. I wish they were one giant feminist organizing magazine.
6. What have you recently been reading & watching?
I have been sucked into the vampire craze recently. Watching True Blood and reading the Twilight saga simultaneously. I also recently picked up “The Martha Rules” in a bargain bin at the bookstore and found it really enlightening. I secretly watch trashy reality TV, when I can.
7. What’s new? Any products or projects you’d like to share?
I have a secret new project in the works that I will be sure to shout from the rooftops when I can. Until then I am plugging away with my broken plates and taking as many custom orders as possible!