Meet The Maker – Lydia Niziblian and Red Vessel Designs

Lydia Niziblian


This Meet the Maker post brings a selection of quirky giftware, stationery and jewellery that we are sure you will all enjoy. Bringing alternative styling and fun to the start of the blog is the wonderfully creative Lyda Niziblian, a jewellery maker who takes influence from textures, gemstones and the wonderful effect of patina. 


Lydia - Lydia NiziblianeditLet’s start it off easy. Tell us a little about yourself and your business. 


I’m a jewellery maker/designer, working in precious metals, using traditional techniques.  I particularly like the use of patinas and textures that explore weathering and ageing. I’m a lover of big hugs, beautiful scents, forests, video games and critters. I happen to be autistic, and am a big fan of inclusivity.


We love that Lydia takes inspiration and creativity from every corner of her life, it’s clear to see she is passionate about her chosen craft and has a broad understanding of jewellery making, here’s what she had to say about the specific skills and techniques she uses on a daily basis: 

“Traditional goldsmithing skills, and a wide selection of profanities for when you pick up hot tweezers/lose a gemstone.”

image1hhj - Lydia NiziblianFavourite Product to make:

I love making my Root rings, they are never the same twice; they are extremely comfortable and how they change over time depends entirely on the individual wearing it



Where did it all begin and where do you see yourself going?

As a desire to do something creative whilst producing telly programmes.  I plan on doing more of what I’m doing, for as long as it’s fun.


We love Lydia’s ethos and approach to running her craft business. With such a passion and commitment to enjoying herself, we’re sure her business will go beyond her goals. We asked her about her latest goals and this is what she had to say: 


“Juggling running a business with home educating for the first time. Finding a new studio to work from, and trying my hand at new things.”


What is your favourite thing about EML?

Seeing the breadth of local talent we have (and shopping!)…I’m definitely treating myself to a botanical print by JDPepp, I’d love someone to buy me one of Aunt Owl’s beautiful bears.

We are so excited that Lydia will be joining us this year and luckily for her two of her favourite creatives will be joining us too. 



When Lydia isn’t too busy creating, she loves to unwind amongst the fields at Forest farm nature reserve, rambling around Llandaf Catherdral or soaking in the bath. If you fancy taking a quick browse of her products before Etsy Made Local head over to her Etsy store. Equally, you can catch up with her over on Instagram or Facebook


Red Vessel Designs


48397576_10161345710430473_8718631135246024704_n - Red Vessel DesignseditOur second featured maker is the wonderfully quirky Lucy of Red Vessel Designs; creating all sorts of stationery and amusing gift ideas inspired by tattoo art and alternative themes – we particularly like the pickled bums. 




Let’s start it off easy. Tell us a little about yourself and your business. 

So, I’m Lucy and I’m 25 and from Cardiff. I am hugely passionate about the handcrafted market so set up my business Red Vessel Designs to create unique, handcrafted gifts inspired by tattoo art. My products are fun, colourful and feature all my favourite things!


DSC_0335 - Red Vessel Designsedit“All my designs originally start as hand-drawn illustrations – these are then used on a variety of products – most of which are created in-house! Products include hand-engraved drinking glasses, printed accessories, 3D handcrafted greetings cards and home décor items.”


What inspires your creativity or craft? 

My items are usually influenced by traditional tattoo art and alternative themes – but are all quite light-hearted. I love the process of creating special, unique gifts and always feel so amazed when someone buys a product that I have created with my own hands!


DSC_1916 - Red Vessel DesignseditWe can’t get over how original and colourful Lucy’s designs; she discusses the specific techniques and products she creates:

“ I think creativity including illustration skills, hand engraving, clay sculpting techniques, paper-crafting, digital skills… the list goes on… I am always trying to learn new skills and always feel that running your own business requires spinning multiple plates at once!”


It’s clear that in the past year Red Vessel Designs has grown significantly, we only hope that it continues to gain in popularity so that Lucy can finally start focussing on what she is so patient about full time. 


DSC_0225 - Red Vessel Designsedit“I still feel as though my business is relatively new (especially only running it part-time) but I am approaching 700 Etsy sales and have over 100 five-star reviews. Every time I get a review it means a lot and proves that I am doing things right. So a big thank you to anyone who has ever left me one!”


We’re not surprised that Lucy is doing so well on Etsy, it’s always great to hear that our local creatives are getting involved with outer local businesses too. We asked Lucy about the origins of her business and where she sees it heading: 

“I originally got the idea for my business while at University, since graduating I have worked to develop my Esty store, a direct website and I am currently renting a section of a gift-shop called Cardiff Creative Shop. I am really excited to attend some new Christmas events and I’m looking forward to Etsy Made Local.”

DSC_1897 - Red Vessel DesignseditWhat is your favourite thing about EML? 

I really enjoyed EML last year so I am so happy to be attending again. The event was so well organised and advertised so it was a pleasure to be a part of and I got to meet some amazing crafters from the Cardiff area. I am excited to see what a change in venue will bring! Pop down and show your support for lots of amazing indie businesses.



At the top of Lucy’s wish list are the lovely polymer clay necklaces made by Geet Lush! And we have to admit we love her choice in such colourful jewellery.

“I’m lucky enough to share a space with her at Cardiff Creative Shop and spend every shift swooning over her amazing jewellery! She also creates a range of other products too and is a local Etsy seller.”

DSC_0229 - Red Vessel DesignseditWhen Lucy isn’t too busy between her day job and making her wonderful creations she loves heading out for food and a little chill time with friends and family. A girl after our own hearts as she also claims to have a little bit of a sweet tooth when it comes to desserts. 

To finish us off for this week Lucy explains why her favourite makes are her handmade greetings cards:

“One of my favourite things to make is our 3D greetings cards, they are so amazing you could frame them! All created using my original illustrations and made by hand – they are really bright and colourful and totally unique.”

To find more of her lovely 3D greetings cards and other products head over to her Etsy store or even scope out her Facebook and Instagram pages for more background insights of Red Vessel Designs.

Come join us on the 30th of November, 10 am-5 pm at Cardiff City Hall for Cardiff and Valleys  Creatives 5th Etsy Made Local. For more information head over to our team’s FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages and show your interest on our Facebook event page.

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