We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaime Pickering and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jaime, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I was just barely 22 when I first started my business, so to say it was unintentional is an understatement. Like many in creative fields, I kind of stumbled my way into selling the jewerly I was making via friends and family asking to buy it and just went from there. It was all very naive and pure! I was lucky in the sense that at 22 I had relatively few responsibilities beyond paying my rent at that time. Before I knew it, 10 years had gone by, I’d become a full fledged metalsmith and it was something that had grown significantly beyond what I’d ever dreamed. I even had my best years during the recession!
In 2016 I decided to take some time off to start a family, and after a few years of stepping away there were too many logistical challenges when it came to returning silversmithing. I needed a new medium and new inspiration to fit with my new family needs. This time, it was very much intentional: something that could be creatively fulfilling for me and help support my family financially.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a former silver/metalsmith and current clay artist, predominately working in polymer, resin and inks. Over the last 15 years I’ve worked tirelessly to teach myself the art of multiple mediums, with clay being the one I find the most freedom with to date!
Being a sole proprietor, and female in the predominantly male driven metalsmithing world taught me plenty about standing on my own two feet both artistically and when it comes to business. I learned to always craft my work with the most confidence I could muster, because if I’m not proud I can’t expect anyone else to be. I also learned more than anything to have a foot in the door of every aspect of my business and then learn what can be delegated out (in my case, actually very few things!).
In the clay world, I’ve learned to hone my skills and impact on a saturated market by standing out in the crowd. Knowing what I do well and leaving the rest of the trends for others is a big part of what makes me successful in my opinion.
More than anything, I want the world to see someone who’s followed their creative path for almost 2 decades and allowed themselves to falter and then dust themselves off and get back at it. I’m a mother who supports her family with her art – it’s a dream I’ve worked tirelessly to continue to live in.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am blessed to live in beautiful Vancouver British Columbia Canada, so more than anything I’d love for my friend enjoy their days taking in just how truly spectacular it is here. Mountains line the ocean and lush evergreens keep our air so fresh it almost smells sweet!
We’d spend a day at Granville Island, brunching on the pier and shopping the farmers markets and artisan booths.
We’d walk the beautiful Stanley Park Sea Wall watching ships go by.
We’d take a day to go on a photography adventure through historic Gastown right up the mountain to see the sun set over the city.
We would enjoy a rainy day doing absolutely nothing, because it is Raincouver after all! (This is both the dream of a small business owner who never stops working AND and full time stay at home mom!)
We would venture into Lynn Canyon to walk the suspension bridge, because all the locals know that the Capilano Suspension bridge is a rip off.
We’d pack some sushi or maybe some cheese and wine (or both, it’s vacation after all!) and sit on the beach as the sun set.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to dedicate my shoutout to my husband Dan. For all the times he’s looked beyond the creative chaos, stepped on wayward jump rings and generally supported my sometimes lofty creative tendencies. He’s a true partner and one I couldn’t have journeyed nearly as far without.
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