Hunky Dory Studio is owned and operated by Amy Flesher. She says "I make things that are fun and unusual using sophisticated processes and materials. I surround myself with things that make me smile and faces I love that also fit into a “grown-up” décor." Hunky Dory Studio provides you with that unexpected statement piece that is totally unique and an expression of who you are and what (or who) you love...AND, they are always conversation starters!
I started making pop-culture and animal designs on quality pieces because it wasn't something I could find to buy out there. Most baby woodland animal accessories are for nurseries. Most skull items were scary. And there were no Vincent Price night lights anywhere!
My logo depicts the light and dark in all things and in all of us. The skull and deer antlers were selected to represent two of my favorite things too-animals (all of them!) and vintage horror and sci-fi movies. But it also symbolizes of the interconnectedness of all living things. "Hunky Dory" is how I want people to feel when they see my creations. It is important to bring a sense of humor into our lives and make a choice to be happy when we can. The name reflects the outlook that I have on design and life. It can sometimes be brutal, but I try to find the beauty and humor in simple things...oh, it is also my favorite David Bowie album!
I have been crafty my whole life but started as a professional crafty person in 2013 as my “second act career”.
In 2012, a car crash left me with serious injuries that required several surgeries and nearly a year of physical therapy. Surviving something like this is an eye- (and heart) opening experience.
It made me realize that while I loved my career helping people as a mental health professional, that my true passion, is making special gifts for friends and family, restoring things or finding accessories for my home and myself that are unique and express me as an individual.
Despite my craftiness, I never considered myself an artist because I can’t draw. I was too intimidated to take any sort of art class because I was sure everyone would laugh! After four months of using a walker and wheelchair, I decided that as soon as I could walk again, I would start taking classes…any class, all classes!
I am fortunate enough to live in Cincinnati, OH where there are many learning opportunities in the arts.
My first class was blacksmithing where I was the only female and the only student wearing a full leg brace.
I started to feel my “creative self” gain power. I took more and more classes in ceramics, mold-making, printing, stained glass and fused glass. I started making things that made me feel good when I looked at them, and things that were not available in the mainstream market for grown-ups!
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of every class. I bought a small 13” glass kiln to play with at home. Then, some friends I met in a class encouraged me to try to sell some of the things I was making. I couldn’t believe it but they were both professional artists and I trusted them. Just a little over a year after the car crash, I sublet some space in a local gallery and sold my first fused glass dishlette!!
Since then, I have invested in much bigger and better kilns and lots and lots of glass and accessories. I have created a real working artist’s studio in which I have handcrafted thousands of unique gifts for sale online, at arts and craft shows, and in several local and regional retail businesses.
I am working harder than ever but I am living my dream!
Amy's love for animals and her own pets drive the creation of custom pet items. Get jewelry, nightlights, ornaments or dishes with your pet's face.
High quality art glass is hand cut and melted into tiles. The original graphic designs or custom photos are applied and fired a second time. Each piece spends at least 30 hours in the kiln and reaches temperatures of nearly 1500 degrees!
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