Thanks to those who sent words of advice and encouragement about
my first juried show, and yes, this is the first show of any kind I’ve ever
applied to. In fact, this will be the first time I’ve ever tried to sell
my work at all. My debut.
I’m at real new at this, been making jewelry for only about 2 years.
Anyway, my questions is…What might take me say 6-8 hours to make,
might easily take a more accomplished person 4-5 or less. Do I base my
labor charge on my hours and lower the hourly rate or what? I am so
confused! One of my first pieces took my probably 40 or more hours
(redoing mistakes. using new techniques etc) Today, the same piece would
take me 12-15. In fact, it was such a labor of love that I almost hate to
part with it. Also, I’m working with sterling. Seems like people just
don’t expect to pay lots for sterling. I do however have some wonderful
stones incorporated in several pieces, but alas, did not always pay
wholesale for them. (all of my work is handcrafted one-of-a-kind)
I was once told that I needed to master 4 things to be successful in
this field… design, technique, sales and marketing. The former two hold
much more appeal to me than do the latter. And all have room for
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
Western North Carolina USA