Hi and welcome to my lovely business Kerry’s Butterfly Castings here in Fife, Scotland.
Let me tell you a little about myself. Whilst I am a very busy mum to four young boys I really wanted to do a job which would allow me to enjoy my time with them. Running my own business had always appealed to me but I never really knew in what field. Then in 2015, my Grandmother became very ill and this was a very difficult time for me, as she was like a mother to me. To celebrate our incredibly strong bond, we had a hand cast created together and when I received the final piece I had tears in my eyes – it was truly stunning. It was at that moment I knew what I wanted to do. Create castings just like this to remind people of their most precious times with family members.
The next challenge however was how to live this dream. I searched the internet for inspiration and came across a company called Precious Memories based in Poole, Dorset offering training for both 3D Castings and 2D Impressions. I called the owner Glenda, a mum herself to two daughters. After a very long chat – I knew this was where I wanted to go.
Whilst the journey was long – the training was brilliant and Glenda was fabulous. I felt at ease very quickly. I got to meet lots of parents and babies and ironically Glenda made sure I made lots of mistakes – so I knew how to fix them when I went back home! The course was exhausting but also great fun. On my return to Fife, armed with casting kits supplied by Glenda, I spent the next six months perfecting the art. At any given moment Glenda was there to offer support and three years on she still is!
I launched my business in 2016 and I can’t believe how much I have progressed in just three years. The work I create just gets better and I surprise myself at times at what I have achieved. I absolutely love what I do and this shows in my work. I love the feedback I receive and love a challenge – so often spend time learning new skills such as creating jewellery or glass fusing.
Now I have a fabulous work balance I can spend precious time with my family and you will often find me at the National Records in Edinburgh researching my family tree. Like many, family is everything to me and Kerry’s Butterfly Castings loves to be part of helping to create those precious family memories for you.