Um…yeah…I make a comfortable though not a Bill Gatsian level of
living. All of my work is original, and the only repair work I do is
on my own pieces. I do make some commissions, but they are along the
line of: “Ooooh…I loved that blue ring of yours that my friend
Jolene bought. Can you make something like that for
me?”…or…“Here’s the ring that my ex-mother in law gave me. I
hate it. Can we make something with the stones?”. Then I do sketches
and we come to an agreement, but it is always my design and my
Was it your understanding that, “commission”, meant the customer
saying, “do whatever I tell you to, in whatever style I am paying
you to do it in”? Unless they love your style, that doesn’t work. For
the most part, I make what I like to make and sell it. If it doesn’t
sell after a while, it is probably for good reason, or I have put it
into the wrong market. I guess doing it this way works, at least it
has for me. Its the only way I have ever worked. Sixteen years now
and counting…lol…but then maybe no one told me that doing it my
way wouldn’t be any way to make a living.
Truth is, I just started making stuff and people started buying it.
Wish I could sound more practical, or even more calculating about
it, but then that’s just the way I work. Some far more successful
friends have unsuccessfully attempted to verbally beat me about the
ears on occasion, in the hopes that I might become more driven, but
it seems to be against my nature.
Did you think that making a living this way was an impossibility, or
at least unlikely? Well…there are a thousand ways to…excuse the
expression…skin a cat…my way is just one.
Lisa, (Off to Phoenix again next week. Pity, as the weather here is
lovely for a change.) Topanga, CA USA