Name: Trisha Nakagawa
Company: nik naks fused glass
What are you selling at Make It?
I’m selling fused glass jewelry (pendants, rings, and earrings) and home accessories such as coasters and plates/bowls. Probably some glass Christmas ornaments too!
How long have you been doing it for?
It’ll be 2 years this Christmas.
What inspired to start your business?
I’ve always wanted to have my own business making things but never knew what it would be until I learned about glass fusing. I used to think that it would be selling things that I knit and then realized I would never make any money doing that cause it takes me so long to complete one project no matter how big or small!
How has it changed since you began?
Hmmm. I originally only sold pendants and coasters so my product line has definitely expanded. My display has definitely changed since the beginning too. I still remember my first booth and looking back what a disaster! It definitely looks more refined now!
What does your average day look like?
I only do this part time, as I have a full time day job. So my glass making pretty much occurs in the evenings and on weekends.
How do you come up with new ideas and designs?
Sometimes they just pop into my head, particularly when I am out walking my dog. That’s kind of my time to think about stuff and figure everything out. And sometimes new ideas come from customers and friends or when I’m actually in the studio making stuff.
Any advice to newbies?
Enjoy what you do. If you’re going to be working for yourself it’s a definite must! Also, when you’re at great events, like Make It, try to raise your tables a few inches so that people don’t have to hunch over to look at your stuff. It’ll not only save their backs from being sore but yours too. That was a tip I got from a fellow vendor at my first show and I have to say it really does make a difference.