Lockdown idea now a business

Josephine Dzansi

An idea that was born as a way to keep busy during the hard lockdown has blossomed into a small handcrafted homeware business, called Zoa Homeware.

Zoa Homeware is the brainchild of Josephine Dzansi, a young woman from Mangaung. “When the idea came to mind, it was only a way of keeping myself busy in a healthy way. I decided to buy some art supplies and explored my creativity.” After she realised that people appreciated her work, she decided to develop it into a formal business.

She learnt how to craft through watching YouTube tutorials; however, trial and error has been her most valuable teacher. “I use clay, epoxy and acrylic resin to make unique and custom pieces fit for a client’s own space and personality.”

What she has enjoyed so far is making jesmonite coasters because the material itself is environmentally friendly. Dzansi explained that the most difficult product to make is rainbow clay coasters, but they are also her favourite. “This is because clay is very unpredictable. You might leave the coasters overnight after moulding only to find that they have cracks.”

What surprised Dzansi is the fact that many people expected her prices to be lower than those in commercial stores, which cannot always be the case. “My products are still expensive because I buy materials and produce my products in small batches.”

She says she would like to get to the point where she is able to employ people. Currently, Dzansi produces everything herself and handles the business side on her own. “I would like to host regular workshops where I teach people how to make their own crafts whether it’s for them, or their businesses.”

People can place orders via email at jadzansi@gmail.com.

Corn Koteli