One of the wonderful experiences about visiting Handmade in the Hunter Markets is that when you stop at a stall, you are likely to be talking to the maker of the products you're browsing.
Anjelic Vintage stallholder and maker, Ang, is a nurse from Maitland and lives with her Kelpie Banjo by day, but when she's not working, Ang unleashes her creativity in the form of jewellery-making.
For Ang, creating beautiful earrings and jewellery started as a way to relax after a busy day, but has since turned into a business selling polymer clay jewellery both online and at her very popular market stall.
This month we spoke to Ang to learn more about Anjelic Vintage.
HVMAG: We love the name of your product - please tell us what it means and how you came up with it?
Ang: I wanted my name included in my brand but also with a bit of a twist. I set myself a standard of product I wanted to make for women and girls as something unique, feminine, empowering to girls of all ages and bespoke. The word Vintage seemed to encompass all of this.
HVMAG: Can you please tell us about your designs, material used, process etc.?
Ang: All my earrings are made from Polymer Clay. You knead the clay, roll clay to your desired finished depth, use shape cutters to cut clay and bake in your oven. You can texture your clay to create many different designs.
HVMAG: Where does the inspiration for your designs come from?
Ang: I guess the inspiration for my designs can come from my family, my friends, a colour palette I've seen. When I sit in my studio, I just create with where my imagination goes. Being a nurse, I need a creative outlet, and when I sit down at my desk, I just go with where my mind takes me.
HVMAG: How long have you been running Anjelic Vintage - and how did you start?
Ang: I started about four years ago. I wanted a pair of earrings that I couldn't find anywhere, and after researching, I discovered clay earrings. I made earrings for myself and my sister, then for friends as gifts. Friends then wanted to buy my earrings, and it grew from there.
HVMAG: We notice you also run workshops for others to learn about using Polymer Clay – can you please tell us a bit about that?
Ang: Yes, I love teaching and sharing my creative outlet with others as I know how I feel when I'm making. The workshops are for beginners and run for 3-4 hours. Myself and my team will teach you step by step, from choosing your clay to assembling your earrings and wearing them home.
HVMAG: What do you like most about the Handmade in the Hunter Markets?
Ang: Handmade in the Hunter was my very first market. It has a wonderful atmosphere, and I have made some lovely friendships from it. Locals and travellers alike know this market, and each time they return to the Hunter, they visit. I have returning customers each Christmas come and see me for Christmas presents.