How it all began…
It was 2020 and the pandemic caused the world to go into lockdown. I was working in London, commuting everyday to my design job at a fashion retailer. Then everything came to a stop and I suddenly found myself spending all my time at home. I looked around and saw odd bits and pieces which I had gathered since I first moved out of my mothers house 5 years prior. Mismatched pieces of decor scattered about, no consistent theme or even a decent coaster in sight.
I bought some coasters and one week later, the design was peeling off and they fell apart. After finding it difficult to find some modern, colourful coasters that would last a long time, I decided to research ways to make my own. That’s when I found Jesmonite, so I gave it a go. My first set of coasters was far from perfect, in fact I spent 6 hours sanding on the floor of my bathroom for 4 little squares. I was intrigued by the process and after weeks of practicing and experimenting I opened my Etsy store and started an Instagram page. Quickly finding out that others struggled with the same thing.
As a print designer, I had experience in creating colour palettes and product development which I have transferred into what I make now. This helped me expand my product range,which started with coasters and now it’s trays, vases, platers, trinket dishes, candle holders, utensil holders and even mirrors. I love to challenge myself though, and I’m now taking the next step in my journey and learning Pottery, to introduce food safe additions to my store.
My dream is for Madebypaulinauk to become a one stop shop for all things home decor, to be stocked in shops across the UK, and to share it all with you through my Instagram, Youtube and Tiktok channels. I would love it if you followed along with this journey.