Carmen Burnett working on one of her mosiac pots.
Carmen Burnett working on one of her mosiac pots. Barclay White

Carmen’s garden creations grow

JENNY Clauss can't remember her daughter Carmen Burnett ever being so happy.

Born with Angelman Syndrome, a genetic disorder characterised by an intellectual disability and lack of speech, Carmen is an unlikely entrepreneur.

For the past six months she has been successfully running her own stall at the Nanango Markets selling her own garden pots.

"It's wonderful to see her blossoming," Jenny said.

Jenny first got the idea of setting up a business for her daughter when attending a seminar for a disability peer support group.

She heard about the different businesses disabled people had set up to appeal to their strengths.

"One that stuck out with me was one lad who was very good at waiting," she said.

"So if you need to go out and you are waiting for a plumber (for example) to turn up, he can wait for you."

Brainstorming for a business idea for Carmen, she decided to turn her love of gardening and craft into a business.

In her workshed Carmen creates and propagates mosaic pots with a little help from Jenny and her support worker.

She has quickly made a name for herself selling her colourful pots at Nanango Markets each month.

For the six months she has had the market stall she has slowly built up a client base of local customers and businesses who like her quirky creations.

Carmen's support worker Anita Lazzaroni is hoping Carmen's success will be used to inspire others.

"I took Carmen's story of what she had achieved down to a Blue Care seminar," Ms Lazzaroni said.

"I think it's fantastic to have a local success story."

To see more of Carmen's creations go to www.facebook.com/carmensgonepotty

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