Pricing your jewellery and metal work is a subject that comes up in discussions time and time again. It is sometimes a difficult balance to achieve and many artists and makers have radically different approaches to the issue. Here is the view of Patricia van den Akker, Director of The Design Trust:
‘Costing and pricing is a tricky subject for many designer makers, especially when starting out.
If you charge too much you won’t be making any sales, if you charge too little you won’t survive for long.
The School already offers a wide range of one day workshops and week-long courses in silver but the team believes there is demand for longer courses giving students who have ambitions in silver jewellery the chance to develop silversmithing and bench skills.
Craft in Focus is delighted to be returning to Richmond upon Thames again this year from 13 – 15 November. Following the closure in 2011 for a major rebuild of the venue, the work is now complete and the Craft in Focus organisers are now welcoming applications from makers in all disciplines. They request that applications are received by 18 May so that they can push forward with the promotional campaign.
Sunday 26th April sees the launch event of "Rings...The Changes" at the Kath Libbert Gallery, featuring the work of four fabulous jewellers whose work defies tradition: Clara Breen, Jeanne Marell, Hanna Tommola and Deborah Cadby.
West Dean’s popular Design and Craft Fair, featuring MADE, returns this year from 19 to 21 June. Around 100 innovative and contemporary makers and designers have been carefully selected to show and sell their work in ‘The Marketplace’. Jewellers, ceramicists, textile artists, furniture makers, printers, sculptors and many more makers and designers will be selling their work direct to the public in the grounds of this beautiful college.
Inspired by the natural features of the beautiful Cornish coastline where she grew up, Sandra Austin creates elegant and sublime jewellery pieces that combine an organic feel with the crisp delicacy and robustness of the natural world. Her work is like a breath of fresh sea air. Her hand forged chains with gently decayed, organic elements marry the clean modernity of the catwalk with a whisper of something beautifully ancient.
Sandraʼs love of design and creativity, and a passion for jewellery drew her to study silversmithing & jewellery at Truro College. Graduating in 2013, she has subsequently grown her jewellery business with integrity and passion, remaining in South West Cornwall with its natural beauty inspiring her work.
On 17th and 18th April 2015, London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall will host the UK’s biggest careers event for students of jewellery and allied trades. Following the huge success of last year’s inaugural 'Make your Mark' which attracted 800 students from across the British Isles, the event will now be extended over two days and will deliver even more inspiration, advice and networking opportunities.
'Make your Mark' is a completely free tutor–student event open to anyone studying on a UK-based precious-metal-related course (full- or part-time) whether at degree level or on a short adult education or private tutored course.
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