Today we’d like to introduce you to Drea Ducharme.
Hi Drea, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’m Drea- the main Batch behind Bad Batch Sisters. After having pretty bad PPD I got back into painting and art as a way to reconnect with myself. I’m not exactly sure how I got into Polymer Clay but I was hooked right away. I started Bad Batch Sisters with my two younger sisters as a Polymer Clay Earring business, but I soon discovered other mediums like Resin and Air-Dry Clay. I love that Bad Batch has given me the opportunity to make so many different items like earrings, candles, suncatchers, clay trinket dishes, and resin dishes.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think my biggest struggle has been the inconsistency in my sales from one market to the next. It’s difficult to not feel discouraged after a bad market or two but I’m learning to believe in my little dream and to trust the process.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I think I’m most known for the polymer clay earrings I make. Typically I come up with designs as I’m working with the clay, but sometimes I feel inspired and am able to draw the designs before I begin working.
Something that sets me apart is that I put a lot of thought into my packaging. With each purchase, a customer receives a muslin bag, a few crystals, and a sticker. I like to include these bonus items as a thank you- it really blows my mind every time someone buys from me!
How do you think about luck?
I think I’m very lucky to have met such an amazing community of makers and small business owners. I’ve never really had a sense of belonging or community, but since starting Bad Batch I have met such kind, inspiring, and supportive people. I feel so lucky and happy to be a part of such a wonderful group.
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