We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Heather, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve always been drawn to making things. My mother taught me to sew when I was still a toddler, but ironically, sewing is my least favorite skill. I’ve played around with different mediums, but sculpting has become a passion. Even as a child, I sold things that I made. So combining my love for sculpting and my desire to own a small business was a very natural progression.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a polymer clay artist that specializes in custom creations. About 98% of my business is based on custom orders. A few of my best sellers are badge reels for work id’s, clay portraits, and pet memorials. My customers love that I can take an old photo, pet picture, or details about their profession and make something really special for them. I love hearing the stories behind the commissions, and using those details to make something that’s unique to them. I love reading in my shop reviews that their finished product made their day when they opened it.

I sort of stumbled into sculpting, but I’ve never been happier in a creative endeavor. At first I was extremely conservative regarding what I thought I was capable of, and wouldn’t even attempt some projects. Now I’m willing to tackle anything. The biggest lesson that I’ve learned is to believe in yourself, as clichéd as that sounds. But it’s really what you have to do to not only challenge yourself to grow artistically, but also to have the courage to share your work. I can’t say that it’s been easy, but it’s felt very natural. At least the creative part comes naturally. I struggle with the social media aspect of running a small business in today’s world. I know it has to happen, but I’d love to just sit in a room making things without creating content. It’s definitely not my strength, but I keep at it, and it’s been gratifying to see the response. Despite any challenges, I feel incredibly blessed to have come this far

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have to admit that I’m a homebody, but I’ve recently developed a love for outdoor activities. So we’d go hiking at Crowders Mountain, or South Mountain, and do a little kayaking on the Catawba River. Sushi is my favorite meal, so we’d definitely have to go to one (or both) of my favorite spots, Ru San’s or Pisces. Silverlake ramen is great for lunch, Peppervine is an awesome little dinner spot. Thankfully my friends are like me, and will also enjoy naps and wine on the couch when we’re done.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother played a huge role in nurturing my creativity, which is why my business is named after her. My husband is incredibly supportive, and has always encouraged me to carve out a space for myself. I also have an amazing support system of besties that always want to see me succeed.

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/debbiesdarling

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/debbies_darling

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