Dear Helen, John Donivan, Neilthejeweler, Dr. Rourke, Steve, Jan,
David and anyone else who offered advice/criticism Re: starting my
As the original poster of this thread I want to respond to some of
the comments that have been made.
First I want to thank everyone for taking time to respond. A special
thanks to Helen for taking a look at my newest piece and giving me
feedback. Thank you Dr. Rourke for the offer of consultation. I may
take you up on it. John Donivan, I posted to you earlier, but I feel
the need to clarify some of my comments. To Neilthejeweler and
David, thanks for the advice regarding the name Frog Pond Studio. I
think I said in an earlier post that I may have to change the name
of the business, but my studio will always be the Frog Pond.
I searched for domain names and find that the name
FrogPondStudioJewelry.com is available. I will probably buy it,
because I like the name. Many of you have said Frog Pond Studio
doesn’t say anything about jewelry and doesn’t identify me. Not that
I have to justify it, but by adding Jewelry to the end so that the
whole name is Frog Pond Studio Jewelry, I believe it is unique
enough to garner some attention. I tend to be a very adventurous
non-conformist so it suits me fine. Having a website is not on my
short list of things I need to do to get this business up and going
but I believe it is important in order to sustain it.
Now, as to the matter of making “bridal jewelry.” I was asked to
participate in this expo because they did not have a jeweler as a
vendor. They specifically requested jewelry that a bride and her
attendants would wear on her big day. I agreed to make the jewelry
and have done so using A-grade natural and/or dyed freshwater
pearls, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver and gold or gold-filled
when appropriate. I have also made some pieces that are sterling
silver with semi-precious I make jewelry to the best of
my ability and have sold a number of pieces, both of the strung
variety and my sterling silver pieces. I have a number of repeat
customers, so I guess someone likes what I make. Every piece of
jewelry I sell comes with a tag identifying what it is made of,
i.e., A-grade pearls, London blue topaz, sterling silver, dendritic
agate, or whatever it is made of. The includes my name,
my phone number and my e-mail address so that I can be contacted if
there is a problem with any piece of jewelry I sell.
John, you responded to Helen that “what some people trying to get a
business going sometimes just don’t grasp is that you need to offer
what people want to buy.” I agree with that 100%. Fortunately for
me, I don’t have to sell what I make in order to put food on the
table, which gives me an opportunity to make things I want to make
and see if anyone will buy it. I also know what my few customers
tell me they like and try to expand on that.
I’m sorry if this sounds like a rant, because I don’t mean for it to
be. I just don’t like the idea that some of you have judged my name,
and my work without ever having seen it.
Frog Pond Studio (until I change the name)