Thursday, September 1, 2016

Burning the midnight oil...

I have been so very, very busy lately. Increased sales means restocking and that means I have more work to do. Along with keeping my stock up for The Selkie's Haunt, I am working hard and furiously to get everything ready for the "big reveal" for Ailleas Designs by Martha Gates Mawson. The process of creating fine jewellery takes a bit longer than the process for the bronze and copper jewellery, as pieces must go to the assay office before stones are added. My target is to get a dozen or so pieces to the assay office by the second week in September so they are back, set, and photographed by October 1. All this is in preparation for a relaunch sometime in November. A busy time to be sure. All of my fine jewellery, regardless of the weight of the precious metal, will now be hallmarked. I am proud of my work and I want my mark on it!

I am so happy with how my work has progressed over the last couple of years. My skills have been more sharply honed and I am feeling confident with each new technique that I employ. The pieces I have made have a polish to them I haven't seen before. And yet, my greatest supporters tell me that my style remains, my "signature" is consistent, but it is even more than it was. That makes me happy.

In addition to changing the way I do things with my fine jewellery, I will be making some administrative changes to The Selkie's Haunt as well. I am going to make some changes in how the jewellery is sold locally - stopping with some stockists while adding some new ones. My participation in the Poolewe Tuesday Market has been the most successful change in the way I do things and I am hopeful that that association can continue far into the future. My "setting up shop" at the GALE Centre will not continue next year, as those I see in the centre are always at the Poolewe Market. My biggest change in the admin of my business is that, with the exception of one stockist, I will attempt to operate on a wholesale basis only.

Being an independent artist/jeweller is a challenge and a privilege. I adore my work and I love watching the creations emerge from my bench. More than anything, I adore the conversations I have with the folks who stop by and admire my work. It means the world to me. 

I have recently delivered more jewellery to the Aultbea Hotel - some beautiful new earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Once I have finished my push with the fine jewellery, I will return to the bronze and copper jewellery to create some pendants and rings to join the earrings, bracelets, brooches, and necklaces that are currently available. I love every minute of it.