handmade candles + home fragrance

Meet the Artist:

WHO ARE YOU, WHERE ARE YOU FROM, & WHAT DO YOU DO?
My name is Taylor Gass and I’m the founder of Tee Gee Goodes, a candle and home-fragrance business. We hand-pour all of our small-batch, clean ingredient products in our local Aiken, SC studio.

DESCRIBE YOUR PROCESS.
The heartbeat of Tee Gee Goodes has always been to help others love their home and embrace the ordinary every day, no matter what stage of life you’re in. We do so by creating products that help elevate the mundane in-between moments of life! We researched, tested, and tested (and cried) some more to ensure all of our offerings are high-quality, full of clean ingredients, and like, smell really good.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
The simple things: Waking up slowly and making a cup of coffee. Driving in the silence of your own thoughts. Hearing stories from others about how our candles have made their days even more special. More than all of those things, my Mom is a huge inspiration in my life. I grew up watching her create with her hands every day and I always knew I wanted to do the same.

FUN FACT ABOUT YOU.
I’m getting married in Charleston at the end of October! I also named my cat after the great Elton John.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT DOWNTOWN AUGUSTA.
The fresh shops that have found their place here! And the always delicious Ubora coffee shop.

WHY DO YOU LOVE TO DESIGN, CREATE + MAKE?
I’ve always loved creating and I knew that I’d always be doing some form of it, whether it was my job as a graphic designer, or someday helping my kids do a fun craft. I love the endless possibilities that come with being a maker. No boundaries, no mistakes.

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD SHARE WITH OTHER ARTISTS + MAKERS?
So much, but the most important advice I’d give is this: There is always room for you at the table. No one can offer the world what you can, so don’t let the idea that someone else has done something before you stop you from doing it!