An Interview with Cathy Joyce of Shmikko.
Shmikko can be found at Stall site 259 Salamanca Market every Saturday.
What’s the name of your business and what do you sell?
We chose Shmikko for our business name based on the word “schmick”, which is defined in the dictionary as meaning ‘stylish and elegant”. With this in mind I produce a wide range of jewellery including earrings, brooches, pendants and neckrings, each individually crafted from recycled shards of vintage crockery, giving them a second chance to once again be treasured.
I also make sets of colourful juggling balls.
In addition to our core stock, we now also sell amazing miniature replica guitars and other musical instruments, plus colourful woven baskets. These items, although not made by us, are all handmade quality products.
Tell us a bit about your products
The china jewellery is made by wrapping broken china pieces in copper foil and then soldering them in the style of fine Tiffany glasswork. The choice of china used encompasses many styles and eras, from the traditional patterns such as Willow Pattern, through to art deco and modern abstract designs.
The miniature guitars, double bass and violins are all beautifully detailed replicas right down to their individual leather cases with handles! The drumkits are available in a variety of band and brand logos including Pearl, The Beatles, ACDC, Rolling Stones, Kiss, Metallica and Bob Marley.
The juggling balls, filled with grain, are sold in sets of three, include instructions and are available in a range of bright colour combinations.
Our advertising tag for these has always been “the perfect gift for young and old” and certainly, recently we have had many more “not so young” customers who are realizing the health benefits of juggling. It has been proven that the hand eye coordination required to juggle has wide ranging positive impacts on your brain.
Recently we have welcomed a new product to our stall in the form of fantastic shopping baskets, handwoven from elephant grass in Ghana. These are incredibly strong and practical having a myriad of possible uses, while still being beautiful pieces to simply look at, and admire the craftsmanship.
Why Salamanca? What do you enjoy most about having a stall at Salamanca Market?
My first time selling at Salamanca Market was in 1987 where I had a tiny space on someone else’s stall, selling glass earrings that I had made.
Between then and now, my partner Peter and I have had stints of doing the market occasionally, seasonally, and eventually, from about the year 2000, permanently. Salamanca Market has always been a great place for a maker in Tasmania to showcase their unique handmade products, and also to interact with both their customers and the other stallholders, gaining valuable feedback and inspiration to keep making. The quality and diversity of the goods sold, the international flavour of the market, plus the friendly atmosphere created by both locals and visitors alike, make Salamanca Market a very enjoyable market to be part of.