Clay Creations and the Love of Polymer with Michelle Butler - Happy Time Craftcast 10

Hello, Craftonians! I'm Joleen Emery, and I recently had the delightful opportunity to host Michelle Butler on my Happy Time Craftcast. Michelle is not just a friend but an extraordinary polymer clay artist who has turned her passion into a flourishing business called Meeshmade. Let me take you through the vibrant journey we discussed  during our latest episode.

My Journey into Michelle's Artistic World

In our conversation, Michelle unfolded her artistic journey with polymer clay, which began in 2020. Her transition from simple designs to intricate 3D creations is a testament to her evolution as an artist. It was fascinating to look into her process, where each piece of jewelry is not just an accessory but a story sculpted by hand.

The Challenges and Triumphs of Creative Entrepreneurship

Running a creative business is no small feat, and Michelle's experiences brought this to light. We explored the exhilaration of product sell-outs and the balance required to manage customer expectations while nurturing personal well-being. Her narrative is a powerful reminder of the resilience needed to navigate the craft market's ebbs and flows.

Crafting as a Medium for Connection and Community

Our discussion naturally wove into the role of crafting in building community and connections. Reminiscing about shared experiences, the support of our friends and family, and how crafting has been interwoven into our lives highlighted the profound communal aspect of our artistic endeavors.

Pearls of Wisdom for Aspiring Crafters

Michelle’s journey serves as an inspiration for anyone looking to explore the realm of polymer clay art. She shared practical advice for beginners, emphasizing that one doesn't need an arsenal of tools to start. Her encouragement to embrace the learning process resonated deeply with me, echoing the craft world's exploratory and inclusive spirit.

Celebrating Artistic Expression and Future Aspirations

The conversation wasn't just about reminiscing; it was also about looking forward. Michelle's excitement for her upcoming projects was contagious, reminding us of the constant evolution in the crafting world. Her anticipation for new creations mirrors the ongoing journey of artistic exploration that many of us in the crafting community share.

A Festive Twist: Celebrating Together

Adding a personal and festive touch to our chat, we celebrated our shared birthday week. This personal connection underscored the episode's warmth, illustrating the joy and community spirit that lies at the heart of Happy Time Craftcast.

Crafting as a Lifeline

Tying into the therapeutic aspects of crafting, I shared upcoming retreats at Big Raven Farm, emphasizing art for self-care. The discussion reaffirmed how crafting can be a significant tool for emotional healing and personal growth, reinforcing the episode's theme of art's healing power.

In My Own Words

This episode with Michelle was more than just a conversation; it was a celebration of creativity, community, and the vibrant journey of a craft artist. Michelle's story, interwoven with my own experiences and insights, painted a vivid picture of the crafting world's dynamic and colorful landscape. It's a world where every creation is a beacon of personal expression and a thread in the larger tapestry of the crafting community.

🎉 Bonus: Listeners will get an exclusive peek at Michelle’s latest creations and can snag a sweet 10% discount using the code WELOVEJOLEEN! Check out Michelle's Website

Show Notes:

  • (00:01 - 13:59) Introduction and Casual Chat: Jolene introduces Michelle Butler, discussing their friendship and Michelle’s journey in polymer clay artistry.
  • (14:03 - 27:49) Crafting Influences and Busy Hands Concept: Michelle shares how her crafty background shaped her creative process, and they discuss the concept of 'busy hands.'
  • (27:53 - 41:56) Creative Process and Crafting Preferences: Insights into Michelle's artistic evolution and a playful discussion on crafting preferences.
  • (42:03 - 57:46) Personal Preferences and Life Insights: Delving into personal likes and dislikes, with a focus on sounds, alternative professions, and birthday desires.
  • (57:50 - 69:31) Closing Moments and Birthday Reflections: A surprise birthday celebration for Michelle, with friends sharing birthday traditions and preferences for treats.

Featured Guest:

  • Michelle Butler, Polymer Clay Artist and Founder of Meesmade

Special Moments:

  • A surprise virtual birthday gathering for Michelle with friends from the crafting community.
  • Discussion on the therapeutic aspects of crafting and its impact on personal well-being.

    Upcoming Events:

    Resources Mentioned:

    • Polymer clay tips and beginner advice from Michelle.
    • Crafting as a form of self-care and its scientific benefits.

    Closing Thoughts:

    • Jolene wraps up the episode with a note on the power of community in crafting and the joy of shared celebrations.

    Contact Information:

    • Follow Michelle on Tiktok and/or Instagram
    • Learn more about Jolene's Happy Time Craftcast and upcoming episodes at our blog


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