I belong to the Creative Metal Arts Guild of Oregon and have
been asked by its members to solicit feedback from the Orchid
group. I also manage the group’s library. Any suggestions on
books or articles on the following subject would be appreciated.
Some of the less experienced metalsmiths have recently inquired
as to what questions a metals artist should ask when checking out
a prospective gallery. There does not appear to be a concern
with well established galleries; however, it appears that new and
less experienced artists are at risk when it comes to doing
business with galleries that have not yet established a
Some areas of concern are:
Galleries that have or are owned by a goldsmith that will do
on-site custom work. How can the artist be assured that their
pieces are not being used as samples to trigger sales for custom
pieces that are a slight modification, or an outright copy, of
the artist’s original work?
Sales staff. What qualities should a metal artist look for
in a gallery sales staff? What kind of staff has the greatest
potential for actually selling the artist’s work?
Lack of experience. When one lacks the experience that the
"school of hard knocks" provides, what questions should a metals
artist ask a prospective gallery?
Agreements. What kind of agreement is best? Is it safe to
accept a verbal agreement, or should you "get it in writing?"
What elements should be included in a written agreement?