For quite some time I have been wondering how many people truly
make their living with metalsmithing?
I have made a living at my craft/art for over 30 years. At first it
was very modest, but I got by, with shared apartments or a place in
the country without utilities. Now I live just fine, with a modern
equipped house, health insurance, vacations, and hobbies (my horse),
too. My husband is in another business that pulls in more money than
I do, and so we live better than I could alone, but I can make it and
do fine on my own income, I’m glad to say.
I sell unlimited edition silver castings, and one-of-a-kind silver &
gold pieces, at retail craft shows, in galleries & stores, on the
internet, and by special order. It’s working for me, but I do have to
make a lot of work which I consider “product” rather than my dream
pieces. That’s okay; I like the processes as well as the artistic
aspect of this work.
M’lou Brubaker, Jeweler