Hard at Work Getting Ready for the Art Market at Tyler

New design ©2015 WTEK
New design ©2015 WTEK

This weekend I’ve begun my big push for some new jewelry for my glut of October events. I finished (except for the patina on the silver one and the wax on the brass one) two new necklaces. Next up: earrings and hopefully a couple belt buckles. Plus I have another pendant design in mind. Will I get it all done? You’ll have to visit my shows to find out…

Do you want some of these?

Part way done ©2015 WTEK
Part way done ©2015 WTEK
Two almost done necklaces ©2015 WTEK
Two almost done necklaces ©2015 WTEK

For the first of my two October craft shows I’m heading back to my Alma Mater for the Art Market at Tyler October 9th from 12m – 8pm. This fun art show and sale kicks off Homecoming weekend at Temple and artists, organizations, alumni and non-Tyler graduates will converge on Tyler’s portion of Temple Main campus in Philadelphia. As if that isn’t enough reason, along with my jewelry and metalsmithing, the second half of the event is “Crafts & Drafts.” That means beer, people.

Some silver waiting for new projects ©2015 WTEK
Some silver waiting for new projects ©2015 WTEK

Two October Craft Shows

Ha! I’m back and selling jewelry this Fall at two different events.

Art Market at Tyler – October 9th, 2015

Air Chased Jewelry Set ©2015 WTEK sterling silver, brass
Air Chased Jewelry Set ©2015 WTEK sterling silver, brass

I’ll have more info on this event soon, but save the date for Friday October 9th from 12 – 8 at the Tyler Campus in Philadelphia. This is during Temple’s Alumni weekend which is also my 40th Birthday weekend, so give me present by buying one for yourself! Plus, there’ll be beer during the latter half of the event.

Fall into Fine Craft – October 24th & 25th, 2015

Look at my pretty new booth set-up! I got compliments on this as well as my art!
The set-up will be slightly reconfigured to add my jewelry into the mix.

Saturday and Sunday, October 24th and 25th, 2015 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.at the Carlisle Expo Center, 100 K St. Carlisle PA.  The show will feature works created by gifted artisans from across the Commonwealth and surrounding states. I will have a full booth this year and will post more info closer to the event.

Not only will I have jewelry at these two events, but some of my sculpture and table objects as well. I hope to see you there!

Sharing About My Background

Recently, a student from the UK contacted me about doing an interview for his program.  I’ve decided to share a small portion of it here with you.  These are my answers about my education and starting up.

EDUCATION

I decided to go to art school when I was prompted by my high school drawing teacher.  I had no intention of majoring in metals, but took an intro to jewelry course as an elective.  I then took a metalsmithing course and that was where I figured out that this was what I was meant to do be doing.

As far as fitting me for a career in the industry…  We did have a required “Business of Crafts” course that helped with basic things like writing your CV and developing a pricing structure.  I really wish that more general business classes had been required or that perhaps the crafts business course was taught by a working artist rather than the head of the jewelry program who’d been working in academia for 30 years.  It would’ve been nice to have some direction in how to market your work – approaching galleries, finding calls for entry, etc.

STARTING UP

After college I ended up taking about five years off from metalwork mostly because I couldn’t afford studio space and my landlords wouldn’t allow a torch or loud hammering.  I got back into it by auditing classes at a community college so that I would have access to their studio.  This helped me get back into creating and fit nicely into my budget.

I haven’t received any grants or funding, but I did have some family money that I used when setting up my own studio once we bought a house.  Other than that I have had to work part time in order to afford to keep making my art.  Each year gets better, but the bad economy has made it harder to get sales and gallery representation.