BUSINESS boss Tracey Elliott has swapped pots for furniture after launching a new business.
The 44-year-old has gone for a new line. Tracey was well known in town for owning and running the Hartlepotz Ceramic studio for almost seven years, first in Lowthian Road and then York Road.
But she has now sold that business to an employee of the firm and has moved on to run a new business called Eco Chic-it.
It is based in Usworth Road and specialises in “up-cycling and hand painting furniture.”
But the firm’s speciality service does not end there. Mother-of-two Tracey also holds classes and workshops where she specialises in teaching furniture painting.
The business also has a showroom with pieces of work by Tracey for sale along with vintage accessories and hand made textiles.
Tracey also paints customers’ furniture to order “in the colours and finishes they desire.”
Tracey, who is married to Gareth Elliott, also 44 and who works as a postman, said: “I owned and ran Hartlepotz Ceramic studio in Hartlepool for close to seven years. After a hard decision, I decided I had taken that business as far as I wanted and decided to sell it.”
The mum to Adam Elliott, 21, and Gabrielle Elliott, aged eight, said: “When I was at Hartlepotz, I was painting furniture and putting it in the window.”
She she knew the line was worth pursuing as “people were walking past and buying it.
“I knew that people loved it and on top of that, there were people who were asking me to consider teaching about painting furniture.
“After a lot of thought, I decided to give it a go.”
Her services at Eco Chic-it also include allowing people to use the large workshop within the premises to bring in their own furniture to paint.
The company also offers a service for people to bring in furniture and Tracey paints it for them.
Tracey explained how she came up with the company name.
“Everyone is in to shabby chic and people are also trying to save money, and being aware of waste. We are re-using the old and breathing the new life into it.”
Her ambitions for the business are to “take on staff if possible and I would like to progress Eco Chic-it further.”