Women Who Create / Rosie Kemp

This fortnight I welcome Rosie Kemp glass artist and creative businesswomen based in Nottingham to the WWC interview to share her personal insight into running a creative business. Rosie, amongst other things, creates gorgeous Handcrafted glass beads and jewellery and is a huge believer in community over the competition! 

Tell us a little about your background...

Ever since I was little I wanted to be a creative practitioner, sitting in an office was never in my future. I studied 3D design at Manchester where I learnt my glass making skills and graduated in 2010 then worked solidly for 6 years to save up the money to open my studio. I established by business bden glass Ltd in Feb 2016 and opened The Shop at Sneinton Market in Nov 2016.

the shop at sneinton market

Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy? 

Always have a creative project (or ten!) on the go, knowing there is something I can escape to gives me comfort when I’ve got loads of boring admin to do first!

What two things can't you live without?

Glass and Nature

hand crafted glass beads

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

I don’t actually know the answer to this. My imagination just seems to conjure up useful images that I then use in my work

What is the meaning of 'creativity' to you?

Being able to make something no matter who and where you are or what you have to hand

If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why?

This is a tough one. Probably Dale Chihuly, he is an eminent American glass artist who forms inspire and intrigue me

Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

My glass lampwork torch, the Nortel RedMax. You never really know what it going to happen to a piece of glass in the flame

What is the best thing about running your *business/blog/working for yourself?

Being completely creatively free with my processes and outcomes. I can make exactly what I want although my customers sometimes influence what I produce!

crochet necklaces

And what is or has been the most challenging?

Setting up the shop and running it solo. The opportunity was too good to pass up and it has allowed me to develop skills that are now crucial to running my business

What is your proudest creative moment in the journey so far?

They happen quite often actually. When someone tells me they love my work / shop and buy something from me. Every time it happens it validates all my hard work and makes it worthwhile

What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey?

Seek help, advise and support from people in similar situations. Even if you work alone, you cannot do it totally alone, sometimes its just takes a few words of support to keep pushing you forward.

Rosie's cat companion


If like Rosie you aspire to run your own creative business or need some support getting your handcrafted products out into the world, Check out the WWC Maker Mentoring Program now! 

Are you ready to turn your passion project into a career? Or crafty hobby into a full time job? Do you have big dreams for your small business but no idea where to start? Contact Amy at hello@womenwhocreateuk.com