Maker Stories

This Just In-spiration: Meet Callie Meaney

August 24, 2015

Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the person behind the product.

What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Callie Meaney, designer of the Literary Candles.

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?

I actually started making candles as a hobby. I love doing anything DIY and was happy to find something that combined artistry (drawing the labels) and the act of making something! When I started to use books as inspiration for the scents, that’s when I thought I could really make something out of it!

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What was the most exciting thing about becoming a professional artist?
It’s just amazing to me that I can do this as a full time job. I set my own hours, can be as creative as I like, and can call reading research. Nothing better than that!

What does your typical day in the studio look like?
I make my candles to order, so a typical day consists first of me drawing out a list of how many candles I need. I make them in the morning, do all shipping labels in the afternoon and label and pack them up at night!

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Is there a trinket, talisman, or other inspirational object you keep near? If so, what is it and what does it mean to you?
I like to keep the old jars I used when I first started. I bought them from a supermarket and handwrote the labels. It reminds me of where this all started, and how humbled I am that people like the things I make!

Imagine you just showed your work to a kindergartner for the first time. What do you think they would say?
I’m not sure they’d recognize the books used as inspiration, but hopefully they’d say they smell good!

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What quote or mantra keeps you motivated?
I actually love this quote by Lori Greiner: “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.” Every time I feel overwhelmed, I remind myself that I am doing something I created and something I love. That beats working a job I’m not passionate about any day, and it makes the work seem so much easier.

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What are your most essential tools?
My most essential tools are my oven and my pouring pots!

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3 Comments

  • Reply rae-anne November 30, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    tried to buy your candles – site would not load to my basket.

  • Reply Cassie November 30, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Rae-anne. We’re sorry that you’re having trouble placing your order. All of the candles are currently in-stock and available here http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/literary-candles, and we’re happy to help if you continue to have issues with your shopping cart. Our customer service team is available at help@uncommongoods.com, via the “live chat” link in our page footer, and at 1.888.365.0056.

  • Reply These Literary Candles are Literally Amazing! May 4, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    […] You can even see Uncommon Good’s own creative studio and the people behind it. I loved reading about Callie Meaney, who creates the literary candles I’m enjoying so […]

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