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Ask the Artist - An Interview with Juli Miller

I worked as graphic design and then project manager for a number of years my path took a different turn when I tried fused glass making as a creative activity with a friend. I found it fascinating and decided to take a leap of faith and created Jules Jules to sell my work to shops and galleries. That was 10 years ago and I'm still enjoying every day. The company has expanded now to include other lovely things I find made by great crafts people that I can use in the jewellery I make.

What does your partner/friends/family think of your work ?

They are very supportive and help out whenever they can. They are the first people I show any new ideas too and no longer worry about hurting my feelings if they don't like it!

How would you describe you work ?

It's a collection of ever changing handmade pieces and collections.

What's it like to be an creative person ?

It makes for a fun life as it spills over into everything I do.

What was your first ever creation of , do you still have it, if not where is it ?

It's the first piece of fused glass I made and it's somewhere in a drawer. I thought it was wonderful at the time. It reminds me how much I've moved on.

What's your favourite colour ?

That would depend on my mood, it varies.

Where do you get your inspiration from ?

Everywhere I go! It's amazing how one tiny comment or image can spark me off in a different direction.

What was your first commission ?

A local gallery took in some of my pieces and they sold quickly which was great as it gave me confidence to carry on.

What's your favourite creation or design that you have made ?

It's usually the current idea I'm working on until I move on!

What is it about where you live that inspires you ?

We are lucky to live near both coast and countryside. Both are beautiful.

What is your favourite day of the week and why ?

Friday!! Although I work for myself and often over the weekend I still love that Friday feeling.

What's you favourite tool of the trade and what do you use if for ?

My kilns have to be the favourite as they have been in constant use for 10 years and I still get a buzz opening them up to see how the latest firing has gone.

What are you working on at present, what's next ?

I have a new range that seemed very popular at the last trade fair so will be developing that further.

When you are not working what do you like to do ?

Go to the gym, it chills me out.

What's your favourite film ?

Currently Despicable Me. It's an animation for kids but the main character is
So like my son in law it makes us laugh whenever we watch it..we don't tell him though!

What are you reading at the moment ?

Addicted to my Kindle Fire and download any free books. Makes for an eclectic mix.

What's the best piece of advice you have been given ?

Have a go!

If writers get writers block, what do designers get ?

Creative block.

If you could be anyone in the world who would it be and why ?

Happy enough being me at the moment!

Do you have any tips for budding designers ?

Develop your own style.

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