Bella Studio creates handmade jewelry, bags and accessories in Columbus, Ohio. We interviewed owner, Karla, to learn more about her Ohio Made business. Meet Bella Studio at our 2017 Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart on December 3rd!
Tell us about your business.
My business is Bella Studio, naturally inspired jewelry and accessories handmade in my small studio in Columbus, Ohio. My collection features natural gemstones, leather, cowhide and hand-dyed fabrics are my passions. The process of putting my own personal style into my work is my favorite kind of expression. My philosophy is to live an artful life!
What drew you to your craft?
In 2002, I took a jewelry class at a local bead shop. At the time I was picture framing as a hobby and raising my family. The class was my first experience making jewelry. The pure beauty of the crystals, gemstone and glass beads had me hooked! It was love at first sight and I haven't looked back.
What is your favorite thing you have ever made?
I'd have to say my favorite pieces have been the ones with the most sentimental value attached. Jewelry that tells a story in small ways. I continue to add to a very chunky charm bracelet that I started years ago. Charms and found trinkets that remind me of special moments and milestones.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
In elementary school, I wanted to be a nurse. That quickly changed the first time I visited a family friend in the hospital.
What is your creative process?
My creative process begins each day by just getting to work. Picking up the tools, mixing the dye, measuring and cutting the leather. I usually bounce from one project to another depending on where the inspiration takes me.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
I'd tell myself the same thing I tell myself today: be brave, work hard and pursue your passion.
Why is it important to support local artists & makers?
Supporting local artists encourages our own creativity and an appreciation of honest expression. It makes all of us stronger and more connected to buy and appreciate handmade.
Why do you love doing what you do?
I love putting my style and my passion into my work. Creating is what I love to do! .
What advice do you have for other women who want to start their own businesses?
Work hard, stay true to your mission, connect with other small business owners for resources and support and above all, be patient.
What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?
Born and raised in Cleveland and spending the past 20 years in Columbus, I used to think Ohio was a little boring compared to the flashier cities and states. But that has all changed! I'm proud of the sense of community and connection I feel in the places I call home. I'm rediscovering the familiar and exploring Ohio with a new perspective. Being in my hometown on the east side of Cleveland and watching the sunset along the lake will never be ordinary!
Meet Bella Studio at our 2017 Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart on December 3rd, 2017!