Wednesday, 10 December 2008

designer tracy bull











I fell in love with Happy Owl Glassworks when I saw a studio tour via My love for you is a stampede of horses a little while back. It got me nostalgic for New England. Okay so I've only been there once, but it was for two weeks and during the fall when I got up to some "leaf peeping" - seriously, that's what they call it!... I digress. Happy Owl is such a happy business and keeps Tracy Bull busy along with her blog. And I have to admit that I have a secret love of owls. What is it about them?!

Which five words best describe you? Creative, sardonic, reclusive, meticulous, happy.
What’s your proudest achievement? I am so proud of my business, Happy Owl Glass, and how far I've come and how long it has been around. Not to say I want it to last forever, but sometimes I don't know if I give myself enough credit. Oh and I must say I'm proud of having such a charming daughter, Maisy. But that may be more luck than anything. :)
Who inspires you? Friends inspire me, mostly. I have a few close friends who are extremely creative, and I admire their talent immensely! I am more one to be inspired by people I meet in person - people who I can actually have a conversation with. I also have a very supportive husband who is always challenging me, which helps me grow creatively.
What are you passionate about? I'm currently passionate about food! It is a closet relationship, but one I've been diving back into lately. I absolutely love to cook and bake. Also, the animal kingdom will always be a passion, and I consider myself an amateur naturalist. But right now, food is a calling.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt? Not to take myself so seriously, and to step back and laugh at myself when things seem rough. I truly believe that humor is the most important quality to have!
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Going with the personal side of me, I would love to have met my great-grandfather. I grew up in a not-so-creative family, and everyone always spoke about this guy who was a poet and musician. Perhaps he also inspired me in a subconscious way, being that I was the "artistic" child in the family. How interesting it would be to meet our ancestors.
What’s next? I am making a few new items for next year that I'm very excited about - mostly jewelry. Some new imagery and a fresher look to everything. I can't wait to reveal next year's line in January.
What are you reading? I'm reading
Then we came to the End by Joshua Ferris. I think I have some lingering office affection since I started being my own boss three years ago. I am completely entertained by corporate life being that I'm no longer a part of it. But I must say I'm making a list for my next book from your sidebar reviews! :)

Images courtesy of
Happy Owl Glassworks and My love for you is a stampede of horses

2 comments:

Tess McCabe said...

Wow - I actually purchased a Happy Owl brooch from a boutique in Brooklyn, NY in 2006 (visiting from Melbourne, Australia)... up until right now I didn't know anything about the artist, so thank you Natalie! :)

Natalie Walton said...

Tess, that's great! What a happy coincidence. I was in NY in 2006 - during "fall". It was so beautiful. I'm still living off the memories.

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