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Meet Constance Ward of CWT Studio in Malibu and Calabasas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Constance Ward.

Constance, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In a way you could say I’ve been doing this forever; both my dad and grandfather are architects and I originally planned on following in their footsteps. I spent a good chunk of my childhood driving around different cities looking at buildings, homes, even parking structures. While I ultimately decided not to go in the direction of architecture, the love of design has stayed with me; especially through working with concrete. I love giving a new face to concrete, forever it has been associated with cold, modern, lifeless style but I find it can actually bring a great deal of warmth and character into a home. And that’s really what it is I love to do!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Oh goodness, gracious, I’d have to say yes and no. I’m very fortunate that I’ve been able to figure out what it is I want to do and what brings me joy. I am forever grateful for that because it is not automatic for everyone, but it has not been without challenges. It’s funny how the act of starting your own business can cause all kinds of fear and insecurities to rise up (I call it metal gymnastics). It’s something I feel like a lot of people don’t really talk about when starting a business. There’s a lot about the actual business side of things but not as much on the emotional side. It is ultimately rewarding to go through these challenges because you come out stronger and more sure of yourself on the other side but you absolutely must go through them; I’ve had to anyway. And I expect I will continue to do so but I truly believe your dreams should push you and challenge you.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about CWT Studio – what should we know?
I make handcrafted, one-of-a-kind accessories for the home all out of concrete. As I said before I really want to change the face of concrete because it’s actually an incredible medium to work with and has so much character and life! I also love exploring family roots and traditions. I come from a long line of artists and I’m so happy to be continuing that line and I want to bring that to everyone’s home. It’s my dream for my pieces to become a part of a family and their traditions. Whether that’s using my serving boards every week for Sunday supper or my candlestick holders as centerpieces for the holidays. I’m proud to make classic, long-lasting pieces that will be with you for years to come.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I know I’ve mentioned family a lot so far but that is for good reason. Not only have they inspired my work but they have also been my biggest cheerleaders. My dad in particular because he’s taught me so much. I mean if I could download all the knowledge he has in his brain, I’m pretty sure all those potential future challenges I mentioned before, could be completely avoided! Also, my sister, my husband, and my friends are huge lifelines for me. It’s through talking to them (sometimes for hours!) that I’ve been able to work through difficulties and bounce ideas around. They all have impeccable taste so I trust them completely if I’m ever torn about something.

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