When I first came across Amy's products I was so drawn to the black and white motifs she was using on dishes and coasters. It's been so interesting to see so many makers using jesmonite and the variety of ways and I loved the paint splatter look she was achieving which I wasn't seeing other places and decided her work MUST be included in the March Drop!
Amy answered some questions I sent her about her business including what inspired her to start, the most satisfying part of the process, and what colors she's seeing for Spring.
Arielle: When did you start your business? What inspired you to start?
Amy: I started Piece by Jackson when my now 4 year old son was only 6 months old. I’d been feeling a bit lost in my new role as “Mum” and I needed a creative outlet, something other than changing nappies. I spent the late night feeds looking through Pinterest and found so much inspiration. I started off working with copper and tiles making furniture and homewares and became obsessed with all of the geometric patterns and textures of the tiles.
Arielle: Tell me about your name- what’s the origin?
Amy: Well… it’s based on a nickname we have for my son (he has about a hundred now!) and my last name, Jackson.
Arielle: Have you worked with Jesmonite for a long time? How did you get into the medium?
Amy: I started off looking into Jesmonite with a view to making my own tiles, but once I started playing with it I got hooked! I’m in love with the process of making the terrazzo chips, figuring out colour schemes and how you can pour it into any shape you like!
Arielle: What’s your favorite part of the making process? Your least favorite?
Amy: I love crunching up the terrazzo chips!! So crunchy and satisfying! The worst part is all the sanding, it’s a nightmare on the hands and takes a long time to get the perfect smooth finish.
Arielle: What trends are you loving in your category right now? Something you might like to try?
Amy: My next collection will be spring themed and I’m experimenting with some neons and trying to nail the perfect Pantone Very Peri which isn’t easy! I'm seeing a lot of bright, bold colours and I think it’s the right time of year to bring these colours into the home.
Amy Jackson is the one-woman show behind Piece by Jackson. Amy designs and lovingly creates furniture and homewares from her converted garage workshop in Gloucestershire.