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Ref: The sign of a mature jeweler / designer


#1

Hi, The subject is interesting. My venture into the jewelry was done
purely as a hobby to satisfy my creative urge. I have had success
and failures but have always enjoyed creating jewelry art work.

I have found that it is most financially beneficial to develop a
style that is recognizable. This allows a person to build up a
clientele. When I first started making jewelry in the early years I
sought to create as many styles as possible. My work looked like
it was created by different artists. Customers would recognize one
style as mine and not realize I created other styles. This is
probably the most satisfying method of venting our creative juices
but may not pay the bills.

I started my official jewelry business several years ago after I got
frustrated making a living in the business world.

When I started my jewelry business I created only my pottery
sculptures. It was the dream of a life time come true however I
soon learned that I could not make a living creating something that
has a very limited but solid customer following. I guess you might
say I matured when I realized that I needed a line of jewelry that
would pay the bills. If I had my way I would create only
collectable pieces of pottery.

Most of us have a strong desire to create but some of our creativity
does not lead to an income sufficient for a living. In summary we
are faced with two options. One is to let our creative juices loose
an maybe make a living. The other is to find one of our creative
styles that finds a following and a living. If we are lucky we can
have a little of both options.

It is now time for me to get serious and create some art work for
the February Tucson show. If any of you are there stop by and see
me at the convention center Tucson Gem and mineral club show.

My 2 cents Good luck Lee


#2

Hi, The subject is interesting. My venture into the jewelry was done
purely as a hobby to satisfy my creative urge. I have had success
and failures but have always enjoyed creating jewelry art work.

I have found that it is most financially beneficial to develop a
style that is recognizable. This allows a person to build up a
clientele. When I first started making jewelry in the early years I
sought to create as many styles as possible. My work looked like
it was created by different artists. Customers would recognize one
style as mine and not realize I created other styles. This is
probably the most satisfying method of venting our creative juices
but may not pay the bills.

I started my official jewelry business several years ago after I got
frustrated making a living in the business world.

When I started my jewelry business I created only my pottery
sculptures. It was the dream of a life time come true however I
soon learned that I could not make a living creating something that
has a very limited but solid customer following. I guess you might
say I matured when I realized that I needed a line of jewelry that
would pay the bills. If I had my way I would create only
collectable pieces of pottery.

Most of us have a strong desire to create but some of our creativity
does not lead to an income sufficient for a living. In summary we
are faced with two options. One is to let our creative juices loose
an maybe make a living. The other is to find one of our creative
styles that finds a following and a living. If we are lucky we can
have a little of both options.

It is now time for me to get serious and create some art work for
the February Tucson show. If any of you are there stop by and see
me at the convention center Tucson Gem and mineral club show.

My 2 cents Good luck Lee