Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday Feature- Simply Maine Sea Glass

Simply Maine Sea Glass

Simply Maine Sea Glass - Owner/Artist: Melissa Yunke - 

Describe yourself in 3 sentences:           
  I'm a 32 year old happily married woman living in Saco Maine with my husband, rescue cat and dog. My husband and I rescue and foster animals for West Kennebunk Animal Welfare Society. Without pets in our lives I think we would both be lost. 
Cobalt Blue Sea Glass In A Bottle

How did you name your business?        
   I came up with Simply Maine Sea Glass while making one of my first sea glass necklaces. I don't believe in covering up the natural beauty of sea glass....I like to "keep it simple". All of our sea glass comes from beaches in Southern and Mid-Coast Maine so it was an easy choice to name my shop Simply Maine Sea Glass.

How long have you been doing your art/craft for?    
   After moving from the midwest about three years ago I found my first piece of sea glass and I was in love. My first necklace came to be about a week later and I haven't stopped since. 
Baby Blue Sea Glass Moonstone Pendent 

What inspires and influences your work?          
  I'm a working class person that grew up working class and I want everyone to be able to afford something nice for themselves". Regardless of what we have in our bank account, we all deserve something nice....Something that makes us do the "happy dance" when it arrives in the mail. 

Where can you artwork/pieces be found?   
Sea Glass Bobby Pin Set

What do you do when your not creating?           
 I spend much of my time working with our rescue dog, Miss Sophie (silver dapple miniature dachshund). She was a product of a puppy mill and came to us when she was very sick. I take great joy in spending time training her and taking her to visit hospitals and convalescent homes. You can also find us on most weekend at anti puppy mill protest around New England. 

What is your favorite piece(s) that you have created?    

Why did you create this piece(s)?          
 This was a piece of sea glass found on my favorite beach that I needed to share with someone. The necklace is a bit different from most that I's a bit more "shiny" if you will.... It has a feeling of glam to it!

Amazing Natural Maine Sea Glass Necklace

What do you feel is special about your art/craft?          
  Each piece is made at my desk in my office, sometime made and made again until I feel it's right. I want each piece to be treasured by whomever end up with it. I work even harder knowing that 25% of the profit from our shop is donated to West Kennebunk Animal Welfare Society and another 25% is donated to Good Shepard Food Bank. I know that the hard I work, the more we can donate to these wonderful causes.

Are there other forms of art and crafts you would like to learn? And why?           
 I want to learn pottery.... it would be another way for me to express myself and bring happiness into other's lives.
Natural Maine Sea Glass Necklace w/Swarovski Crystals

1 comment:

Melissa Yunke said...

Thank you so much for featuring my shop! Each piece is made with care and no two pieces are ever alike!!!

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