Each week we bring you a short interview with our featured seller, this week is Lucy from Glass Bubble.

Business name: Glass Bubble

Makers name: Lucy Bain

Describe your style in no more than 3 words: agghh! This is too hard…..!

What do you sell in Fabrication? Stained glass objects/creations

How long have you had your own business and what made you start it? I started selling in Fabrication in August 2014, before this I mainly made things for friends and family and anyone else I could palm them off onto! I also made commissions for people along the way. I started making things and loved it, so didn’t want to stop, selling things enables me to continue making, developing my skills and playing/experimenting with what I can create.

What is your workshop / studio like? I have taken over our small conservatory – it is great for light. I often have cat helpers – hence the extra chairs!

Glass Bubble studio

What are your beverage and snack of choice when working?It’s not really a good idea to mix eating and drinking with dealing with glass, solder and chemicals – but if pressed it would be a nice cup of tea.   

Stained glass work in progress

What do you find the biggest challenge of running a micro-business? Time – the things that I make are very time consuming to put together, also it is easy to procrastinate in the name of creative dreaming! This doesn’t leave much time left for all the other important things like admin, setting up and keeping up to date with websites, forward planning and so on……

If you could go back in time, what would you tell a younger you? Don’t worry (I wouldn’t listen!)

Decorative stained glass by Glass Bubble

What advice would you give to someone who’s just starting out? I don’t feel that I would be qualified to give advice, but I would offer encouragement and try and signpost them to someone that might be able to help (probably Dawn Wood at Fabrication)

Sun ornament

Why did you join Fabrication, and how long ago? My sister Charlotte (Bobbin Around) joined before me and encouraged me to give it a go – rumour has it that she bullied Dawn into agreeing to take me on! This was in 2014 – they haven’t got rid of me yet……

If you could buy any 3 things from the shop, what would they be? this is a hard question because it really depends – if it was as a gift (it is my go to place for unique handmade things) or for myself (and my house already holds many lovelies from Fabrication makers) – but today I would probably choose some of Tyto’s delicious chocolates (to go with my cuppa) and I love wood, so something wooden – not sure if it would be a floating shelf by Unique in Words; wall art by Gavin Edwards or a piece of furniture made from reclaimed wood by Catherine of Clay and Wood or perhaps all three and I should hold off on the chocolate!