Please give your name and then say who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
I never really had a specific hero when I was younger, which sounds bad! But I do remember always going to the West End of Glasgow and seeing all the arty folk who read fancy books, drank fancy wine and spoke about art and design. I wanted to be like these people because there was something about them - they where so sophisticated and lead this amazing life full of colour! So I guess in a way it was the arty farty folk of the West End who where my heros.
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
It was my classmates who mentioned B2B to me, although before I met with them I look into the enterprise. Looking through B2B website I found I can not only refine my idea into a business with their help but I could progress, I didn’t have to just be a jewellery designer I could be a speaker, a local hero. Therefor what initially attracted me to B2B was the amount of progression I could have for myself and my business!
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
I still have my first £10! It was at a small stall in college and I had only two pieces as I did not have time to make much else due to college work. No one was looking at my stuff until a college lecturer bought a pair of earrings off me and I thought I had won the lottery!
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
My biggest challenge was winning the John Mather’s competition. Entering a competition where there is 50+ contestants really does make you doubt yourself - you look at everyone else around you and think ’’How am I going to win this?’’ But I did. Because I put my head down, I ignored everyone else and I just decided to be myself. Because in business being yourself truly is the best thing.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
Sounds cheesy but my mum. Since I was born I have watched her be a single full time working mum, to working in the West End to now owning her own business which gets more successful every day. If my mum could do all this and still be standing on top - why cant I?
What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
The fact that I am giving something to the world, I will wake up, make a coffee, go into my bright blue workshop and know that when I leave that workshop I am leaving my footprint on the world and that my jewellery is not just metal to me. Its a conversation, its a new connection made. People know Pop Up Jewellery Ltd. Is there anything better to get up for?
How do you define success?
Success to me, is being able to wake up in the morning, knowing all the bills have been paid, I have gas, leccy and a roof over my head and that I have a friendly business that is ticking along well and that I support myself 100% through my business. In the future my ’’opinion’’ of success may change but right now I just want to be quite happy.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
In five years time I would like to see my pieces in high street name shops but more importantly I desire to have a set monthly stall in a respectable area where I can sell my products. From when I first started until now I have always said ’’I want to speak to my clients - I want them to know the story and I want to hear their story’’ If I can still say this truthfully in 5 years time then I will be a happy jeweller.
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
Keep your head up Claire.
If you could have any 1 person on your business contact list who would that person be and why?
Probably the owner of Chisholm Hunter. If I ever got the chance to walk past their window and see my jewellery in their shop.. I think I would just die off! With happiness of course!