We had the good fortune of connecting with Eva Horner and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Eva, why did you pursue a creative career?
I have always been artistic, since I was a little girl. I can draw almost anything I look at. My mother and granny were both artsy as well, so I guess I got it from them. My granny used to tell me all the time that she wished I would do something with my art. My response to her, usually, was that the only rich or famous artists were dead artists. And then I would go back to slaving away at a job that didn’t care about me, creating different things on the side. Finally, a few years ago, I discovered vendor events and I signed up for one, That one didn’t do so well, but I had a lot of fun..so I started doing more…and then that turned into doing them regularly.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I first started doing the vendor shows, I had recently gotten into fused glass jewelry. My mother does a lot of fused glass, but she does larger pieces, like plate, platters, bowls, etc. I didn’t want to do that, but I loved how different it was, and beautiful. So, I went to a local glass shop, bought a bunch of scrap glass, and asked my mom for help, and then just went from there. I created some gorgeous pieces and took them to the nightclub I was working at. Everyone seemed to like it, and I ended up selling almost every piece I had. I was encouraged, so I took that money and went and bought a mini kiln and more supplies. And that is when I discovered a vendor show that sounded promising. That one royally sucked! I sold one pair of earring, and that was to the vendor organizer, who felt bad at the low turnout. I continued making pieces, selling a couple here and there, but it wasn’t really picking up. Eventually, I bought a cricut machine because I had this bright idea that I would make my jewelry a little different, I would incorporate leather with my glass. That didn’t work out as planned. I kept telling myself I would NEVER do the epoxy tumblers. NEVER EVER…and then I made one, and I guess it kinda started there LOL!! They were such a big hit. I joined a bunch of Facebook groups to learn different techniques, and then I just practiced. I was posting them on my social media, and there was so much interest. I don’t do the typical ones that so many others are doing tho, I don’t go into the trends. I stay creative and just try to make mine different. I don’t want to show off the same styles all the other tumbler makers are doing. Gotta keep it fresh, ya know.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, first, I would take them for some of the best seafood gumbo this side of the Louisiana border, and go to Anaya’s Seafood Kitchen in the Shire of Richardson. It’s to die for!! Followed by some peel and eat shrimp at Fish Shack…sensing a theme, here? Haha I recently had to go Keto, for health reasons, and I can eat all the shrimp I want! Next, if it was a weekend, I would take them the Garland Farmer’s Market @ Firewheel…it’s where I set up a booth every single weekend and there are just so many awesome vendors out there…both handmade goods, and some of the best food! On a Sunday night, I would take them to Bleachers Bar and Grill. It’s a little hole in the wall dive bar down the road from me, but one of my best friends is the bartender there on Sunday’s, so we go hang out with her. It’s laid back and very chill…and that’s when I get my “me time” and decompress after a long week. We would probably, sometime during the week, go see my husband at his work. He’s one of the managers at this great little restaurant up in McKinney, and sit out on their gorgeous patio and have a few drinks.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I definitely owe my creativity to my mom and granny. They both pushed the arts. Yes, they valued education, but fine arts was never silly to them. They are and were (Granny passed last year) had a love of art, and they passed that down to me. I also need to acknowledge my husband, He is so incredibly supportive, and patient, with all of my random ideas for things I want to create. He’s even gotten into creating things himself now, and I couldn’t be happier (now it’s not just me making us go broke! hahaha)

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