Thursday, December 17, 2009

Etsy Featured Artists - Mike and Donna Brown from Brown's Country Originals

Time for another Etsy Artist Feature!  I've taken them out of order to present Mike and Donna Brown from Brown's Country Originals.  Their Etsy shop is just perfect for this time of year considering all the fabulous Christmas items they've made.  All of their items are decorative one of a kind pieces, like this Paper Mache Belsnickel Tan Robe PM109.  What's a Belsnickel, you ask?  Belsnickel is a collectible fur clad Old-World Santa Claus figurine that originated in northwestern Germany along the Rhine.  In the 19th century, he was meant to scare the community but brought goodies to those who behaved.  This Belsnickel was made from paper mache.  The trim around his hood and hands is real fur.  His beard is made from sheep wool and he's carrying feather trees in his arms.  He's antiqued for an old aged appearance.  Mike and Donna spent approximately 2 weeks to create him.  Isn't he incredible?  Let's see a few other things they've designed and find out a little more about this talented husband and wife team.

1. Tell us about you ~ your name, location, hobbies and interests. Where do you sell your handmade items?

We are Mike and Donna Brown a husband and wife team. We are self-taught artists. We live in a small town called Adamstown, located in a Pennsylvania. We enjoying spending time camping and fishing with our son and beagle named Sally.   We can be found on Etsy at BrownsCo (Brown's Country Originals).

2. Tell us about your art and how you got your start selling your handmade items on Etsy?

We are a husband and wife artist team. I work with wood, chalkware, clay and paper mache. My wife works with dried, fresh and artificial flowers and hypertufa. These creative passions led us in 2008 to start Brown’s Country Originals. The name came from living in the country and our last name.

Hypertufa is a lite weight concrete. Besides the paper mache and chalkware we have a line of garden items my wife makes country/primitive hypertufa birdbaths, flower planters and flower pots. I make country/primitive wooden potting benches, planter and garden stakes.

We decided to use Etsy to make our internet debut.

3. What inspires your art?

Life events, historical work and old vintage pieces.

4. Do you have any advice for those who are new to selling on Etsy?

Do not give up ...keep at it.

5. Do you have any favorite Etsy artists?

I think all the artists on Etsy are very creative, I really do not have a favorite.

6. Are there any other websites or stores where we can find you?

You can find our work on the following websites:

Many thanks to Mike and Donna for sharing their creative passions with us today!  If you are looking for unique, vintage handmade paper mache and chalkware items, be sure to stop by their sites listed above and their Etsy shop, Brown's Country Originals.

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