Spring Studio Sale
I was recently asked how I got into jewelry design, here’s the story. About seven years ago I decided to take a glass fusing class with two good friends of mine, Patti and Sal. It was so much fun and I became totally addicted to making glass fused pendants wrapped in sterling silver and adding them to beaded necklaces I created. It became a real problem because I started amassing hundreds of them.
I wore a different pendant to work every day and started to catch the attention of my coworkers. They asked me to bring in trays of the pendants and I would sell them at work. My coworker, and good friend Joe, suggested that he host a jewelry party at his house for me. I didn’t know what to expect or how to run a jewelry party but said, “sure!”
Joe invited about 20 guests, he has a reputation for being an amazing cook and his wife Janet was a wine buyer, so fabulous food and wine were guaranteed. That evening I sold about $1700 in Joe and Janet’s kitchen and Garden of Silver was born.
The next two years consisted of home jewelry parties and then on to juried fine art/craft shows on the sidewalks of NYC, which was profitable but absolutely physically brutal. I somehow ended up tearing ligaments in my wrist which required surgery. I recruited my mother to help me at these exhausting outdoor shows because she is the best unpaid employee ever!
In 2011 I decided to forget retail shows and, aside from my own website, focus on selling wholesale. That decision has been a good one. Garden of Silver is now carried in prestigious galleries, museum stores and boutiques across the country and I am hard at work acquiring more of them.
My new jewelry collections that I am currently am creating are all sterling and gold. I no longer do beaded pieces but still have a tremendous inventory of beads to clear out of my studio. Hence, the Spring Studio Sale!
From Tuesday-Friday, March 26-29, 2013 I am holding an online Studio Sale of beaded earrings, necklaces, bracelets as well as fused glass/sterling pendants that I have created from my inventory. Each piece is a one of a kind original and they will be selling for at least 50% off retail prices.
This is a great opportunity to get handmade in the USA, artisan created jewelry for fabulous prices. Tell your friends and family and share the love, I appreciate it!