Today, we are talking to Mrs. Amber Shafer, the talented artisan behind Rito Originals. She is mostly self-taught but her other backgrounds in art help her significantly. She learns her skill though reading different books and articles, watching various videos, simply studying a piece of jewelry, and even random experimentation within her medium. We caught up with Amber and asked her a few questions so you get to know her better.
Here is what she said:
What’s the story behind your company?
I have been making jewelry longer than I can remember. Throughout my life it has progressed from one medium to the next. Shortly after my daughter was born I became a stay-at-home mommy and without the freedom I had previously I was searching to some kind of creative outlet. My husband is the one who actually pushed me start collecting the supplies I needed for silversmithing. I had wanted to for a long time but had put it on the back burner. Luckily I gave in and never looked back! I started learning more and more and soon found myself wanting to share what I did with others. I found Etsy and the rest was basically history.
What inspires you?
I draw inspiration from many things around me. Some are more common, such as inspirations from nature, and others are more random and just come to me randomly. I always keep my sketch book handy for those spur of the moment ideas. I also draws inspiration from modern and contemporary sources but also some from more classical styles.
What is your favorite product to make?
I love making all my pieces but right now my favorite are my Caterpillar Leaf Earrings. They are my style wrapped up into one piece.
How would you describe your style in 3 words?
Three words is tough but I would say……Modern Contemporary Classics.
In you opinion, what’s the best part of being an entrepreneur?
For me it is being able to run my business from my home and have the freedom I need to still be at home with my daughter and raise her myself. That is very important to me. It also still gives me that creative outlet that I was looking for. It’s the best of both worlds!
If you were to start all over again, what would you do differently?
If I could start over, I would have started sooner and not let anything hold me back! I would have dived right in a whole lot sooner.
Any advice for other crafters who are just starting?
If you love what you do enough, then keep at it! Don’t let fear of the unknown stop or delay you doing something that you absolutely love. Do a little research to ease you mind and go for it.
What’s next? Any plans for the future?
I have quite a few new designs waiting to be made up and put in my shop. I’m pretty excited about that. I’m also hoping to get things ready to possible do a booth at a craft show sometime this year.
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