Monday, January 25, 2016

YBC Artist Feature - Jackie Gallagher from Kurbaga Artisans

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Jackie Gallagher from

Jackie kindly answered a few of my crazy here we go...

What is the story behind your shop name?
The story behind my shop name is an interesting one, My shop name is Kurbaga Artisans, and Kurbaga is Turkish for frogs, and the reason for this is that I love frogs, they are happy little creatures that are always singing a song.  So when I needed a shop name my son decided to research the word frog in different languages, as he had done this as a young child when we had him research the word 'spot' in foreign languages as we had a litter of Dalmatian puppies and we were naming all the puppies Spot in a foreign language.

Where, when, how did you learn your craft?
 I have always been on the creative side for as longs I can remember in one form or another, so when I decided that I wanted to make jewelry more of a career I started taking classes anywhere and everywhere so that I could refine my skills.

What has been your biggest obstacle, or challenge, to finding and achieving success?
 My biggest obstacle/challenge is finding time to do everything, like website, marketing, design & build, networking etc., it always seems that something gets left out.


Tell us a little about your family life...married, kids, pets, etc.
Tell us a little bit about where you, farm, suburb.
 I am married for 30 years and we have one son and 3 fur babies (a 13 yr old Australian Shepard, a 9 yr old Chocolate Lab, and a 6 yr old Shih Tzu)
We live in Crofton, Md. so we are really close to beautiful city of Annapolis, but can quickly reach Washington DC and Baltimore, Md, so we have a little bit of everything near us.

Share a story / memory of your childhood.
Being able to go to the river to and spend the day sailing, catching Md Blue Crabs and then coming home with them for my mom to cook.

If you could be a fictional character, who would you be, and why?
Tinkerbell, because she flies all around the place

Lily Pad Lounge Frog Necklace

Share your social media links and where we can find you on the internet.
 twitter - @kurbagaartisans

Pick a favorite item from your shop, and why is it your favorite.
 Favorite item from my shop - would be my Lilypad Lounging Pendant or my Tree of Life pendant, my Lilypad Lounging because it has a frog on lilypad and most lilypads are beautiful to look at, and the Tree of Life because the Tree is the foundation of strength  & family, I usually wear the 2 together and receive lots of complements

What advise would you give a new artist just starting out?
hone in on one particular area and become really good at it, and always have people who will rally around you for support.

Do you have any special coupon codes for our readers?
 Debbi15, use it at checkout for 15% off

I love meeting new people, and getting to know the creative soul behind the creations, don't you?
Click on any links to visit Jackie's shop to see what else she has to offer, you'll enjoy the trip.

Be blessed,
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