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Meet Andrea Pate of Pate’s Pyrography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Pate.

Andrea, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Art has always been a passion of mine from childhood to present day. In college, I received an Art Scholarship which introduced me to a broader spectrum of art. I have been involved in various art projects throughout my career and have won multiple art awards. I started with pencil portraits, specializing in children.

Over the years, I have become interested in working with polymer clay which lead to creating display work for a local chocolate shop in Savannah. Recently, I branched into another direction and found a new passion for pyrography (wood burning). Since then, I have sold various pieces through craft fairs, art shows, local shops, and online.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
For the most part, it has been a smooth road for me. I am following my passion and doing what I love. The biggest struggles I have come across happened in the beginning when I was first starting my business. As an artist, you will always come across someone who compares what you do with a factory made version. They love the beauty and personalization that comes from something that is made by hand but they want to pay the same price as the item that was mass-produced.

I take this as an opportunity to educate the customer to the artistry and the effort that is involved when creating a handmade piece. I also found it difficult at times to find the right venues to showcase my talent. With experience, I have learned which venues suit my needs best and what is more accessible to my clients.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Pate’s Pyrography – what should we know?
As a business, I do display work, portraits, and pyrography. At this time my focus is primarily on pyrography. The term pyrography means “writing with fire”. I love the aroma of the burning wood. I take pride in creating something that is beautiful and unconventional. No two pieces are alike. I take my time with every order and pay attention to every detail.

I specialize in home decor, decorative pieces, and business logos. I am known for thinking outside the box and trying to recreate new art forms. My biggest sellers are monogrammed lazy susans and signs with inspirational quotes. I am proud of how quickly my business has grown in such a short period of time. I can burn my images on wood, paper or leather. I can create intricate designs on bones or gourds. I can turn furniture into art and pallets into beautiful signs.

I am able to create amazing pieces that are extremely unique and one of a kind. Pyrography has set me apart from others because I am not as restricted to what I am able to do since I have several different mediums I can use as my canvases.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My family has always encouraged and supported me. My husband Gary has been amazing since starting this business. He always pushes me to chase my dreams and even provided me with the tools I needed to advance my techniques. He has sat with me many hours while working on projects at home and has been by my side at every venue and event I am part of.

I owe my success to Gary and to our two children who are not only my motivation but are my biggest fans. My parents have also been there for me. They have always supported my art abilities from an early age. Outside of my family, my dearest friend, Sharon has always believed in me and has pushed me out of my comfort zone so that I can expand my talent. Of course, I have had endless support from many other family and friends on my journey.

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