I have been a member of this blog for a few months now, read all
posts daily and learn a lot!, but this is /my/ first time posting. I
am a recent graduate of Stewart’s International School for Jewelers
here in Florida and am ready to get working. I have invested in
quite a bit of equipment (used) and have set up a workshop in my
home. I am hoping to start off doing some trade work for local
jewelry stores since 'tis the season, but am unsure on how to
proceed. If you are willing to share, I would appreciate insights on
Speak with the manager…Do I show up with a “list” of my fees
for most common work?
should I compile and take a portfolio of some type with me?
do I need to come up with a contract? If so, what is customary to
include in it?
what steps can I take to protect myself from any / possible mishap/
? I imagine once jewelry is in my possession whatever happens to
it is my responsibility.
Also, since I have diplomas in design & casting, diamond setting,
and jewelry repair from an accredited school…exactly what is the
appropriate “label” for my trade? What would I call myself on let’s
say, a business card? designer, metalsmith, artisan,
goldsmith…This seems to be a very gray area…
I’m sure there are many other things I’m forgetting to ask while I
type, so feel free to enlighten me with any of your recommendations!
Thank you so much!!!