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  • Deborah Coleman, an artist living in Pasadena, grew up on the water and has a fascination with mermaids. She sells her artwork on her Etsy shop, which is named The Mermaid Apothecary.
    Photo by Maya Pottiger
    Deborah Coleman, an artist living in Pasadena, grew up on the water and has a fascination with mermaids. She sells her artwork on her Etsy shop, which is named The Mermaid Apothecary.
  • After her son bought her a soap-making kit for Christmas, Deborah Coleman added soap to her list of items she sells on Etsy and a craft shows. Her favorite soap scent is white tea and ginger.
    Photo by Maya Pottiger
    After her son bought her a soap-making kit for Christmas, Deborah Coleman added soap to her list of items she sells on Etsy and a craft shows. Her favorite soap scent is white tea and ginger.
  • Deborah Coleman makes a lot of jewelry for her Etsy shop, The Mermaid Apothecary. She uses gemstones, crystals and different charms she can find, like mermaids and starfish. Coleman said because her jewelry is so unique, it sells quickly.
    Photo by Maya Pottiger
    Deborah Coleman makes a lot of jewelry for her Etsy shop, The Mermaid Apothecary. She uses gemstones, crystals and different charms she can find, like mermaids and starfish. Coleman said because her jewelry is so unique, it sells quickly.

Artist Uses Etsy Shop, Craft Fairs To Benefit Charities

Maya Pottiger
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March 20, 2018

On first look, it’s a tastefully decorated, fully furnished basement with a fire running in the fireplace. But on a closer look, it’s Deborah Coleman’s art studio.

You notice the mannequin in the corner where her necklaces are displayed. You see the newly molded soap drying on the counter. And then, in her office, you see the boxes of beads waiting to be strung into pieces of jewelry.

Coleman has her hand in many creative outlets, all of which can be found on her Etsy shop, The Mermaid Apothecary.

“I’ve always been interested in art,” Coleman said. “I’ve always been interested in creating.”

The basement became Coleman’s makeshift art studio after her two sons moved out. It was hard for her to adjust to being an empty nester, so Coleman focused her spare time on art. “The best thing I could do was not think about it, so I started making the jewelry,” Coleman said.

Handmade soap is something Coleman had always been interested in. When her son gave her a soap-making kit for Christmas, Coleman added soap to her repertoire.

“I’ve always been intrigued by the science of it,” Coleman said.

Coleman’s soap-making process is mostly trial and error, so Coleman has started keeping a recipe book of what works well together. Each soap contains some mix of shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil and castor oil, as well as scents and colors.

“I try to keep everything as natural as possible,” Coleman said. “It’s much better for your skin.”

Of the scent combinations, Coleman said her favorite is the white tea and ginger soap.

When she isn’t in her home studio, Coleman works as a registered nurse at the Marley Glen School in Glen Burnie. Through this, Coleman’s art was given another purpose.

One of the students Coleman cares for has CDKL5, which is a genetic disorder that affects multiple systems within the body. The International Foundation for CDKL5 Research uses a starfish as its symbol, so proceeds from any of the items in Coleman’s Etsy shop that include a starfish are donated to the foundation.

“That is really special to me because there’s a little girl at school that I take care of who has that,” Coleman said. “She’s a little warrior.”

In addition to CDKL5, Coleman often sells her items in fundraisers for causes that are important to her, like breast cancer research.

Other than fundraisers and her Etsy shop, Coleman sells her work at four or five craft shows a year. She travels as far as Delaware and Westminster to sell her art.

Coleman will have a table at the Marley Glen Spring Craft Fair on April 21 from 9:00am to 2:00pm.


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