Maker Stories

This Just In-spiration: Meet Heather Kelly

November 12, 2015

Heather Kelly | UncommonGoods
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 people 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 Heather Kelly, the artist behind our new Planet Lollipops.

Planet Lollipops | UncommonGoods

When did you know you wanted to be an artist/artisan/maker?
Being an artist/artisan came about purely by accident. I have always had a crafty way about me but after my sister opened an Etsy shop to sell hair ribbons and told me about a relative of ours that made one pillow and sold it on the same venue, I was intrigued. I enjoy being in the kitchen and decided I would make fortune cookies with custom messages. It all started there. Curiosity drove me to other custom edibles including lollipops, which we make exclusively today. The days of those fortune cookies are long gone.

Planet Lollipops | UncommonGoods

What was the most exciting thing about becoming a professional artist/artisan/maker?
It is particularly exciting to be noticed by big names. That what you’re doing is special enough and unique enough to get noticed; Martha Stewart, CNET–my business has received a lot of attention for some big names and creating a “wow factor” with them is great fun.

Planet Lollipops | UncommonGoods

What does your typical day in the studio look like?
I have about 30 employees now so my day is spent managing people mainly. I am also deeply involved in customer service, sales, web development and social media. Luckily I get to apply creative license across many platforms. And they do still take my ideas in the kitchen.

Is there a trinket, talisman, or other inspirational object you keep near? If so, what is it and what does it mean to you?
My inspiration honestly is my family. I have four boys and I want them to come up seeing me work hard and be rewarded for that. I hope that example rubs off on them and they lead productive, hard working lives and contribute to whatever career they ultimately decide on.

Planet Lollipops | UncommonGoods

Imagine you just showed your work to a kindergartener for the first time. What do you think they would say?
This has happened! We have donated lollipops to schools studying space and the solar system. Almost all of them start identifying the planets in each lollipop and “Wow…cool…” is almost always the first thing they say. Right before they say “Yummy”.

Planet Lollipops | UncommonGoods

What quote or mantra keeps you motivated?
I have a few quotes that I keep handy. Three from others. One is my own.

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.
– Arthur O’Shaughnessy & Willy Wonka

Creativity is intelligence having fun.
-Albert Einstein

Creativity is a continual surprise.
– Ray Bradbury

It’s simply not good enough to just be capable of greatness.
-Me

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8 Comments

  • Reply Pamela December 16, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    The planet pops are wonderful!!! My son has a nut allergy… Are they nut free?

  • Reply Marisa December 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks for your question, Pamela. Yes, our Planet Pops are nut-free.

  • Reply Candice April 27, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Curious on the shelf life of the planet pops. My son intends to study aerospace engineering, next year, and I’d like to have these as HS graduation favors.

  • Reply Cheryl November 28, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Ditto what Candice asked. My astronomy club hosts the largest astronomy event in CT each year. I would love to get some of these for each registration packet and a few extras for the kids that attend. I just need to know how early I can order them.

    • Reply Emily G. November 28, 2016 at 11:50 am

      Hi Cheryl,

      Good question! The lollipops can last a year if they’re stored in an environment that’s less than 70 degrees F and less than 40% humidity. If not, they’re guaranteed to stay fresh for a minimum of two weeks.

      Hope this helps! Thanks for reading the blog.

  • Reply Holly May 31, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Oh no! I LOVE the planet pops, but my party is June 9! My daughter is graduating from high school and hopes to work at NASA. She will be going to astronaut and astronomy camp this summer! Your pops would be perfect for the party. We live om Oregon. Am I too late?!

    • Reply Hadley June 1, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Hi Holly. I’m checking in with our shipping team now to see whether there’s enough time for the planet pops to make their way to you. Stay tuned!

    • Reply Hadley June 1, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Hi again, Holly! I just heard back, and our shipping team suggests placing your planet pops order with at least Preferred 3 Business Days shipping. Then, once you receive your order number, send an e-mail to custom@uncommongoods.com with your order number, name, and delivery request. That way, our team can contact the artist and let her know when you need the pops to arrive. This should give you the best chance of receiving them in time. Hope this helps, and please let me know if you have any further questions!

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