I would like you to meet Claudia Coryell. She has two handmade shops – LiquidAssets and Unique Gifts and Decor. Today Claudia is going to tell us a little about her shops, what inspires her to create, and some about her creative process.
Hi Claudia, can you please tell us what you make and sell, how long have you been doing this, and what made you decide to open a shop?
I make sculptured wall décor of marine life, whales, fish, and stingrays to name a few. All the materials I use our earth friendly to help protect our environment. I have been doing sculptures since as long as I can remember but have just started taking it seriously since 2007. I started back in 2008 selling on E-bay but have dropped that for more serious venues since.
I have been an artist for many years . I love sculpture and sea life has become one of my favorite subjects. I was an avid scuba diver for 14+ years and grew to love and respect our oceans and all the life it holds within. I am a Sea Shepherd supporter and my wish is that my art would bring awareness to the importance of clean water for all mankind and the creatures that reside beneath the waves. We as a people are comprised of nearly 90% water. All life forms require hydration; water is a life giving force. Our oceans and waterways are becoming increasingly more contaminated by trash and unscrupulous practices by the very people who depend on them for life. Think of the food sources that our oceans and lakes provide us. The old adage goes Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life time. What if one day there were no more fish? What happens to that proverbial man? This is a question we can all ask ourselves. What if all our water sources one day became depleted due to simple negligence? For example, dumping our trash, oil, and etcetera, down the storm drains as opposed to disposing of these products the correct way?
We all have seen so many of the oceans creatures with plastic bags around their necks and six-pack rings, not to mention fishing line tied and wrapped around their bodies. We pay money to go on boats to see whales and dolphins because of their beauty and grace. What if our children or our children or grandchildren no longer had that option? What if the only way you could experience what we all take for granted was by holding this sculpture in your hand?
Tell us a little more about you. What other interests do you have?
If it has anything to do with water I am interested! Yoga is a good runner up! And then there’s the casino and riding motorcycles to! I guess I am interested in just about everything I can think of! I love life!
Thanks so much Claudia for taking the time to tell us about your shop and the person behind the creations! I love your work, and I love the message you are sending!
And here is where you can find Claudia:
Please stop by and check out Claudia’s shops, ‘like’ her facebook page, follow her on twitter, and visit her blog!
And just a reminder:
I have added a new page called ‘Handmade Shops’ where you will be able to access this information easily. Please visit these people and their shops and show them your support! Thank you!