Women with Ideas

Teresa Chang, 37: Founder of Teresa Chang Ceramics

How did you turn pottery from a hobby into a job?
A potter in my building gave me some advice: Start at local crafts fairs, then bigger fairs, then sell to the trade. I had my first sale in my loft and started selling at flea markets. I had nothing to lose; it was $40 for a table. I applied to crafts fairs over the next year and then to the wholesale gift shows. When I started doing that, I was inundated with work.

Do you have advice for someone who wants to do what you do?
First, take it easy. Because it's your passion, you can get carried away and burn out. Second, take small steps. Third, don't try to figure out what sells. And the most important thing, have a really comfy couch in your studio.