So as you all know I love to support local! During lock down, we are going to do a whole lot of these to highlight these businesses – many of which are taking HUGE strain during this time – and shed some awareness and love to all!

So I discovered the most beautiful porcelain painted jewellery! Everything is unique and gorgeous. Definitely statement pieces 🙂 I chatted to the divine lady behind the brand, Marelise, and this is what she had to say! All pieces are made with love in her studio in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.


You started your own business – How does it feel to be a successful  #girlboss that inspires others and loves what she does? 

Thanks so much. I still feel far from successful, but so honoured to be able to inspire others. Having my own business and doing what I love feels empowering. For me personally with my very active mind it is like therapy. I have purpose.

I wake up each day excited to get behind my work desk and serve this purpose. I believe nothing is as healthy for the mind as purpose. 


What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business? 

1 – Owning my own online shop was not the pretty picture of a poise lady in a coffee shop behind her MacBook. I learned that my products will never sell themselves. I spent a lot of money and time on getting my products just right but in my first few months sold basically nothing. You need to work really hard on advertising your work, communicating with your clients and ‘getting out there’ and be visible even if standing behind a little stall at a local “plaasmark” is not your thing. 

2 – I’ve learned that knowing who I am is really important in business. At the very start of my business I did custom family illustrations. Although I love drawing as well, I really didn’t like drawing what I was told. I found that at the core of who I am is being able to bring my own unique ideas to life and not just do exactly what people necessarily want. Yes, you need a product that will sell and that people want, but also you need to enjoy what you do to ensure that you stay motivated and “in it” for the long run. 

3 – Persistence is key. I’ve learned that business is all about failing. I have gotten things wrong over and over and it is really embarrassing, but I think my saving grace remains getting back up and figuring out how to fix my mistakes.

Where do you see your business in 5 years? Once we have gotten over the effects of the lock down. 

I would love to see my business having grown exponentially in terms of clientele, wholesale locations, adding new products and also being able to increase my supply. At this stage I am mostly alone doing everything from making my products, packaging and sending, admin and social media. I am a newbie mommy so would love to be able to employ a young artist so I could spend a little more time with my baby while my business keeps running. This lockdown has made me appreciate and value time so much.

What is your advice to women out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared? 

Be scared and do it anyway. Find out what you want to do and go for it all in. Be prepared to make sacrifices like go through a year or two with no income. In fact you’ll need to pay up to grow your business fast. Most of all make absolutely sure to have fun. Taking on something new should be fun because it becomes a really big part of your life and takes a ton of effort and time, but if you are happy doing it, it will shine through everything you do.

Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while? 

1 – For me one of the best feelings is seeing a random stranger pass me by with a set of my handmade earrings on, a great big smile on that person’s face and the stylish outfits they pair with my little artworks. It feels so gratifying knowing that the hours I’ve spent making those earrings are now a piece of my story traveling around in the world and hopefully making someone else as happy as it made me while I was making it. 

2 – Another absolutely great feeling is seeing how your efforts make a difference. In all my previous jobs I was never motivated to do more than I was asked, because I could never see the difference it made. Owning my own business has made me realize just how big a difference it can make to put in the extra hours. When I increase my supply the demand usually follows.


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