Business Name: Ku-Ca Ceramics Website: https://kucaceramics.com Established: 2019 Questions answered by: Anna Boguoldova
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
I am a ceramic designer working with clay to create dinnerware and accent mugs or other tableware items.
All of my products are 100% handcrafted in my home studio and are all dishwasher and microwave safe. I take custom orders and work closely with my customers to create something unique, just for them.
With the Winnipeg local maker community continuing to grow, what is the most important thing you’d like potential customers of your company to know?
I believe my business and products stand out from the crowd because I put my soul into each & every piece that I make and people are able to feel it!
I also know that my customer service is more personal than what a big company can offer. When I create a unique piece (sketch, design, and pottering) with client cooperation, it gives me the opportunity to make it as close as possible to their vision.
What inspired you to start your business?
The first mugs I made were gifts including a Moomin mug for a very good friend. She studied ceramics with me and used to be very picky with the mugs she used.
I also love to make something useful and my life experience says that the mug is the most useful tableware. We drink a lot of hot beverages, especially at break time; a time to relax and to think. We make plans, we remember the bright moments of our life, and may even philosophize while the mug is warming our hands.
I hope my mugs can make those plans less stressful, memories even nicer, and each moment more enjoyable.
What was the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest struggle for me is to combine different functions in myself and learn new duties. It’s super hard for me to be a salesperson, photographer, social media, and marketing specialist on top of my professional work.
What has been your biggest success as a maker?
I believe that the biggest one hasn’t come yet, but every piece of feedback that I receive from my clients is a big success.
Do you have any advice that you would pass on to someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
Just do it! If you love what you do, continue to do it no matter what.
Please share any upcoming events as well as the best place(s) for people to purchase your product!
There is a great selection of unique hand-crafted pieces and most of the vendors prepare one-of-a-kind items for those events.
A big advantage of the auctions is that you are buying straight from the crafters, supporting Canadian small businesses and, in return, receiving unique handmade goods at the lowest prices!