Interview with Catherine Keher from Per Dozen Design

I just love it when you come across a store on Etsy that is so unique and wonderful that you can’t help but get a little excited as you scroll through their products. Whilst picking out your next purchase, you are busy choosing the best spot in the house to display it because you know it’s going to be a conversation starter. Well, I found that store and it’s called Per Dozen Design.

We interview the very talented Catherine Keher from Per Dozen Design. Her beautiful plates can be found on her etsy storeOr follow Catherine on her Facebook Page for the latest updates on her work.

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a designer, maker and teacher. I live in Ireland where I teach art to high school students and printmaking and photography to adult students.

Your work is just so striking and unique! Tell us how you started out and how you came up with the concept of drawing such beautiful images on plates?

A lovely reaction – thank you! My work developed by firstly selling my craft pieces at a great market in Dublin called the Dublin Flea. I began doodling on plates and nervously brought them to the market to sell. They got such a good reaction it gave me the confidence to make more, develop the designs and finally to set up my Etsy shop.  In my other artwork I have always had an interest in capturing sound as a visual and most of my doodles have been geometric shapes and patterns. When I discovered these wonderful porcelain pens – I had a new doodle surface! I have always loved art that also has a function so I’m delighted that the illustrations can also be used.

How would you describe your style? Are there any crafters, artists or designers that you look up to?

I have been very much inspired my my travels to Berlin and Scandinavia over the years. There is a beautiful clean aesthetic to so much of the design there. I hope that my work captures a little of that but also with an element of fun. There are so many amazing designers and crafters in Ireland at the moment – meeting so many though the markets I have been selling at has been my main inspiration. I would encourage you to look at this website by Irish Design Shop who showcase the best of Irish design.

What is your favourite medium to work in?

I trained as a printmaker so paper will always have a special place in my heart. But at the moment I am really enjoying learning about ceramic processes and have been developing porcelain jewellery which I will have up on my Etsy shop, Per Dozen Design after in the new year.

When do you feel most creative?

About two days before a deadline when it is too late to act on it!

Where can you see yourself and your business in 10 years time?

I just hope that I am continuing to be a maker and designer and enjoying whatever level of success that comes with that.

Any words of wisdom to anyone starting a business on Etsy?

Just do it! Even if you only have a few products to sell, start setting up your shop – it is the best motivation and so satisfying to make something and be able to show it to the world right away. Etsy have lots of very helpful videos about setting up that you should watch – how to photograph your work, how to price it, and read about people who got to give up their day jobs because of it. I found that the most inspirational!

What’s your favourite product in your store and why?

The whale and bear illustrations – I really love drawing them!

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