Is the goal in jewelry and metal smithing only about making a
Andy Cooperman asked this, and I think it is worth discussing.
I have always wanted to make some art, but I did make a lot of
product along the way too. Both can be fulfilling in different ways.
After decades of looking at the many copies of some of my
best-selling product designs, I must admit that they no longer move
me. I just don’t care if I ever see another one of them. They still
sell well, though.
I am phasing out most of my cast product designs in favor of making
things that fascinate me now. This is perhaps overdue, but is now
possible because I am financially secure enough to do what I please.
Not very wealthy, mind you, but I have enough put away to probably
take care of my needs and a bit of fun, for as long as I need it.
Yay! It was a long slog, doing craft shows, wholesaling, consignment,
custom orders, corporate orders, all the while scrimping to max out
my Individual Retirement Account (and pay for health insurance!).
But here I am, after over 40 years as a full-time jeweler. So, it is
getting fun. More fun. I have bought some more stakes and hammers, a
Genie lapidary unit, some extra holding tools, and a lot of brass
and copper sheet.
But how to get out of the piles of castings that I have in the
cupboard? Try to sell them off one by one and two by two? Melt them?
How to deal with loyal customers who want another one of the lovely
widgets they have always counted on me to have? Decisions. but I am
not complaining. Life is very good.