Tea & Chat with Jool Anderson

Monday May 22, 2017

Hello! Great to have you here, the kettle’s just boiled – what would you like to drink?

Oooh a cup of very strong tea with a dash of milk and a big dollop of honey and maybe a few chocolate chip cookies to dunk in it would be lovely. Thanks.   

So, tell us a bit about yourself and your business.

I live in a small village in Liverpool with my partner of eighteen years. I like the simple things in life especially my garden. I can spend hours in it and I am lucky to have all kinds of wildlife visiting. I have always had a creative streak and have tried everything drawing, painting, sewing, embroidery, bead looming, flower arranging, the list goes on!. The day I discovered polymer clay I think I found my niche. They say things happen for a reason and if you read on you will see why. 

What inspired you to start your creative business? How did it all begin?

It all began many years ago. I started using polymer clay to make small charms for earrings and brooches which I sold to supplement my income. I relied on this talent to make ends meet on and off for years. In 2006 I had to give up work due to illness. As I couldn't return to work I decided to use my creative skills to re-invent myself and start my own business, which I call simply Jool Anderson.

How has your business changed and developed since it started?

When I initially started my business I made costume jewellery and along with my polymer clay charms I used to sell at craft fairs and on my website. One day a friend asked me to make a mechanical crane for a retirement cake which I did. I featured it on my website and following that I started getting more and more orders for cake toppers but not for jewellery. So my business now entirely centres on personalised handmade cake toppers and figurines for all special occasions.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your designs and product range?

I don't have a product range as such as I mainly make to order. Every cake topper I have made has been requested by my customers, so you could say my customers are my inspiration.

What are you working on at the moment? Anything new coming up in your on-line shop?

I've just finished a tree surgeon for a birthday cake and I'm currently working on some wedding mice for a cheese tower. They will feature in the online shop after the  birthday and after the wedding. I have a policy of no publication of photo's until after the event. Even though we are all a little dot on the internet you never know who may see it and ruin the surprise.

So, where does all this takes place? What’s your workspace like?

Nothing fancy just on our table in the backroom.  

What do you like most about running your own handmade business?

I like the freedom of running a business but more importantly I feel quite honoured that my customers trust me to make their cake topper for their special day, especially the wedding cake toppers. I always give them the the option to have photos of the work in progress e-mailed to them. Its great to get their feedback when they see it all coming together.

What are your plans for your creative business for the future?

I would like to get more into social media, to me it's a bit of a minefield. So yeah! Get on social media and get my cake toppers out there for all to see.

Thank you so much for taking the time to chat to us!

*You can visit Jool Anderson shop on WowThankYou here*