John Skinner

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Where and what did you study and what year did you graduate?
Bachelor of Visual Arts (Glass and Object Design), 2007, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
Bachelor of Business Administration, 2002, Central Queensland University, Sydney International Campus.

Where did you head after graduating?
From 2006 to the present, I’ve been a technical assistant at Denizen Glass Studio and since graduating in 2007 I’ve had my own studio space there.

When did you launch your own business?
I launched my own business in early 2008.

What motivated you to start your own business?
I think it was a genuine belief in the potential for my ideas, combined with an understanding that if my progress was measured then I would succeed.

How would you describe the products you design to someone who hadn’t seen them?
Collectable, original and contemporary.

What are the most challenging parts of being a designer running a small business?
It’s alright to have a great idea but if you can’t deliver it in a cost effective way then its just a dream. I spend a lot of time ironing out my production processes trying to continually refine and improve. It is critical because the more I can free myself then the more time I’ll have to focus on my new work.

What inspires your design projects?
History and also learning about the success of industrial art enterprises is a driving force behind the inspiration of my design work. Architecture, the natural environment and the fine arts are some areas that I have drawn inspiration from.

What are the next steps for you?
I would like to have all of the operational components of my business organised within eighteen months, and within three years my own independent studio space. I want to retain intellectual control over my production work but possibly license out manufacturing. And I want to reach global markets through an online presence with e-commerce facilities.

Published 15 July 2008.

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