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Meet the Maker: Beespoke of Devon

Homemade Candles Devon

We've met some amazing people through Craftd. 

This year we're committed to telling more stories about local makers and honouring the extraordinary creativity that is happening right on our doorstep. Yes, Craftd is about beautiful products, but more importantly we want to celebrate the people behind the handiwork. 

This month we caught up with Jo Heath from Beespoke of Devon.

Craftd: Jo, where do you live? 

Jo: I live in Exeter - I was born and went to school here too.
 
Craftd: What do you do for a living? 

Jo: I spend a few hours a week working with the elderly but am currently focussing on building up my candle and glass business from 3 days a week to (hopefully!) full time.

Jo Heath Beespoken of Devon Handmade Candles
 Craftd: Can you tell us a bit about your childhood?

Jo: As I child I always loved making anything and everything. I remember that my best Christmas present at the age of 7 consisted of mountains of coloured paper, crayons, sellotape and a stapler!
 
Craftd: What was the first thing you made?

Jo: It was a clay pot when I was about 6. My mum found lumps of red Devon clay in our garden soil and it was soon turned into a pot!
 
Craftd: What do you make now?

Jo: I create natural wax candles, aromatherapy soap and complementary fused glass products (soap dishes, candle holders and light curves) which are given a frosted effect by sandblasting.
 
Craftd: Where do you make?

Jo: From my work room in my home.

Handpoured Candles Devon
 
Craftd: Which local creatives do you admire?

Jo: I love the work of Helen Gorick, a lampwork artist and Claire Gent's silver and aluminium jewellery.
 
Craftd: What are your plans for the future?

Jo: To develop my fused glass skills by attending workshops and to invest in a much bigger kiln!
 
Craftd: Who would be at your fantasy dinner party?

Jo: Kirstie Allsopp, George Clarke (George’s amazing spaces) and Dara O Briain.

Handmade Geometric Candles
 Craftd: How did you start selling online? What has that process been like?

Jo: I started out just over 3 years ago with Etsy. I sold very little for quite a while as there are so many other makers to compete with around the world. Listing products is fairly easy but knowing what ‘tags’ etc to use so that people can actually find you is difficult. I've also learnt how important it is to have good product photos.
 
Craftd: What do you like about Craftd?

Jo: I really like the emphasis on local makers rather than being UK-wide. I particularly enjoyed the ‘get together’ at the launch party where it was great to meet other makers and I'm keen to attend similar events in the future.

All images courtesy of Heidi Burton.