Small Business Spotlight: Lace, Grace, and Peonies
Q: When did you develop a love for working with marble and creating coasters?
A: Painting coasters provided me a sense of peace amid my chaotic daily life. I was working a full-time job that was incredibly stressful and needed an outlet. I found solitude in painting and felt excitement in building a brand. Two and a half years after the creation of my business, I was able to quit my day job to pursue my business full-time.
Q: What materials do you use in your work?
A: I take great pride in the quality of materials used to create the coasters. I import the highest quality tumbled marble from Turkey. Each piece of marble is unique in its own right through veining and movement through the stone. I then hand stamp and hand paint the coasters using watercolors and seal them to ensure the art is protected. I then fully cork the back to protect furniture.
Q: From where do you draw your inspiration?
A: I just strive to create designs that make people smile. Whether it is a dog coaster that looks like their dog or a beautiful flower that makes a customer happy, that is where I draw inspiration. It is probably also why I have over 700 designs, ha!
Q: Any business leaders or artists that inspire or influence you and your brand?
A: I am honestly just inspired by all small business owners. We have a tight knit community in Arizona and every person inspires me. No one truly understands the absolute highs and horrible pitfalls than other small business owners.
Q: What can we look forward to seeing from your brand in the near future?
This year I am working on some fun engraved coasters that will be customizable. I am also working on some fun spring designs. Hint… think block prints.