Today we’d like to introduce you to Marissa Greenband.
Hi Marissa, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I loved doing a variety of arts and crafts growing up in Sonoma County, CA. I went on to college and graduate school, and the creative side of me took a backseat while I completed my education. And then, one holiday season I made my first batch of repurposed glass bottle candles as holiday gifts for family and friends, and they were a hit. For me, they were a journey back to my creative expression, an outlet I didn’t know I needed until I happened upon it. Things snowballed from there, and as a young woman in my early 20’s looking to establish myself financially, I saw the opportunity to create my own business doing something I loved and was extremely passionate about. For about a year after that first batch of candles, I made as holiday gifts, I tested, planned, and practiced my craft. And during that year, I also adopted two very loving kitties – Fish & Chip.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Creating and establishing my candle business has been one big self-taught project. It challenges me constantly – but I think that’s what I love about it. It’s taught me so much about trusting and relying on myself – both my instincts and ability to research information. But its also taught me to be much less afraid of making mistakes along the way and to celebrate even the smallest achievements.
There’s also the fact that while there’s a lot of resources out there and available on learning how to become a chandler (that’s a candle maker!), there’s not really any guides or instructions on how to cut, sand, and polish glass wine bottles to turn them into candle vessels. My customers see a finished candle product when they shop from me – but I see (so far) three years of continuous trial and error with the very many tools and methods adapted and tested to create repurposed glass bottle candles.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I create natural soy wax candles hand-poured in small batches in my craft studio inside my home. I have multiple candle lines but am known most for the candles I create. I repurposed glass wine bottles that I cut, sand, and prepare myself. It is a labor of love!
I am proud to be an eco-conscious candle company. My all recyclable, reusable and/or biodegradable packaging, discounts offered to customers who turn in their burned down wine bottle candles to continue to be repurposed, and candle refill services set me apart from others when it comes to eco-conscious candle offerings.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
My parents were extremely supportive of my creative interests. I have fond memories of spending hours playing instruments, painting, scrapbooking, drawing and crafting.
- Website: www.fishandchipcraftco.com
- Instagram: @FishAndChipCraftCo
Picture of me holding candles in front of Brick wall with mask on – credit to Elyjah Wilbur.