Heather Goldminc's Story
For many people memorable moments and events can have a profound influence in the direction of where our lives are headed. Heather Goldminc's moment came at the age of five. One day, her mother brought Home a bag of clay which instantly captured Heather's interest. As she recalls it, the stuff was cold, wet, gray and musty - hardly the stuff to inspire a young girl. However, this raw lump of clay would soon become a reflection of her soul, dancing through her dreams until given life by her hands. Growing up in North Vancouver, B.C., she was inspired by a wealth of life experiences, including being a competitive Highland dancer. Working her way through art school, Heather juggled jobs as a dance instructor as well as a salesperson in a shoe store. Her position at the shoe store would become another memorable moment in her life - her boss,Jean-Marc, would soon become her husband! Before she realized it, Heather began to sell her products to local gift stores and galleries,
absolutely thrilled that her creations gave many people tremendous joy.
In 1996, Heather and her family moved to a small island near Vancouver. Thinking the island paradise would lead to a simpler life and shortened work schedule, the reality proved quite the opposite. With Heather and Jean-Marc working together to run the clay studio, it soon became one of the most popular places for giftware on the island. After a busy three years, Heather came to realize that she could not fulfill her developing artistic dreams alone. As a result, the studio headed in a new direction. As if fate itself intervened, Heather was approached by Blue Sky. Captivated by her work and dedication to keeping its joyful spirit intact, Blue Sky offered Heather a way to inspire collectors worldwide.
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For Heather, it is a tremendous privilege and dream come true to see her work in the homes of people all over the world, touching the hearts of so many. Truly, Heather's story is an overnight success story that took a lifetime to blossom.
“When I was in art school the one thing I prayed for was that my work reflects a strong style.
That prayer has been answered and is generally referred to as image, color rich and whimsical.” - Heather Goldminc