We had the good fortune of connecting with Alyssa Glock and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alyssa, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
It took years for me to even contemplate starting my own business. Like many other artists, I never thought that I was up to par with what others could bring to the table or that I could make something that others wanted. Lots of time passed before I really sat down and looked at what my hands could make. For years I would create pieces for others as gifts, from tattoo ideas to pet portraits. The pet portraits were the key that unlocked my ‘why’. I was taking someones best friend and immortalizing them with pencil and paper, creating a piece that would live on, or memorialize a beloved pet. After that I truly discovered my love for the medium of sculpting and the idea of creating trinkets of pets was born. Animals have always been a passion of mine and to be able to combine that with art is what drove me to start Art by AlyssaJoy.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Even though I started with graphite portraits, I now create small customized sculptures out of clay. My main orders are for dogs but I have tackled many pieces such as goats, lizards, horses, cats and even other characters such as snowmen. I allow complete creativity to come from each of my customers. Whether they envision their animal holding a tennis ball, wearing a flower crown or RexSpecs, the piece is what they choose. Every keychain, magnet or ornament is unique to the pet. The most important thing for me is to capture the expression, the markings of their coat, the small characteristics that make someone say “Wow you even got the wonky ears on point.”
When I look back on the first sculptures I made, I can see how far I have come with my skills. I’ve learned new techniques and adapted others as the time has passed. Every piece is a learning experience and more practice than I’ve had before. I am comfortable accepting the challenge of “Yes”, to take on requests I have no experience with. After all, you cannot improve if you never try right?
I am proud of how far I’ve come and all the obstacles I’ve faced through the years. Starting a small business is a challenge in itself. Sure I had a tangible object to offer, but then add on promotion, logistics, a website and more. Time management has been a big obstacle as I juggle my art, a full time position, animals of my own as well as fostering for a local rescue. Because of this, I can’t take an unlimited amount of orders and must pace myself.
I am fortunate to have my art in the hands of so many. To touch the hearts of others and create pieces that evoke emotion. There is nothing better to be proud of than doing something you love.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are countless people that have supported me on my journey. When I started with graphite portraits, Holly Hunter was always there to bounce ideas off of and talk ‘art’ with me as we called it. Joe and Jenna at FKN Pretty LLC really gave me the confidence that I needed to kick start my small shop. Big shout out to Kyley Hughes for being the first ever person to give my small business and chance.
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