I know there won't be a pin swap this year, which is too bad. I love
the pin swaps.
If you think that being near your gallery and would benefit from
people visiting, then go for SNAG. If you think you would prosper
from meeting others in business and making your business grow, then
attend Clasp. Both conferences are valid for the audience they
I attended Clasp last year and for Metalwerx, it was the most
pivotal and most important business decision I made. I loved meeting
other business professionals, artists, and warm friendly people.
Having access to the best business minds for MY business was key.
My issue was how can I afford the time and the money to attend both.
Clasp did that for me. I'll be attending SNAG and Clasp this year. I
need my art fix too which is why I love SNAG. My roots are in art
school. SNAG happens every year, so does Clasp.
If it were me, I would capitalize on all the new people coming to my
gallery and use the marketing umph that SNAG will bring to Memphis.
The following year, go to Clasp and then learn how to take all those
new people you meet and transform your gallery into something
fantastic. Marketing is slow, deliberate, like saving money for your
Last year Judie Raiford attended Clasp who owns the very successful
gallery, Raiford Gallery. This year I had the good fortune of
visiting her store first hand. Had I been at Clasp owned my own
gallery and met here there, I would have been thrilled at the
opportunity to inquire to her marketing methods. People who go to
Clasp are great about sharing their
It's a decision you have to make. What's best for you, what's best
for your business. We always think of our business first because
that is what brings home the cash. But, what I got from Clasp, was
that I had to think of myself first, otherwise there is no Metalwerx.
Clasp reorganized my priorities and I have gone back to my roots of
innovation. It's paying off.
M E T A L W E R X
School for Jewelry and the Metalarts
50 Guinan St.
Waltham, MA 02451
781 891 3854