I would like to thank Jeanne Pring for being our first guest author and for sharing her experience at her first exhibition! I met Jeanne through the MCAM auction site set up on Facebook. I was not familiar with her work before seeing her name pop up on the auction page, but now I feel like old friends. Jeanne is quick to share her story, images of her work and lesson’s learned. Jeanne’s article will be the first to appear in the category of “In Business”. Our goal with this section of articles is to create a place for artists to share their experiences selling their work and to create a dialogue that will benefit all metal clay artists all over the world.
~Jeannette Froese LeBlanc editor cre8tivefire.com.
In Business with Jeanne Pring ~United Kingdom:
Firstly, let me introduce myself. My name is Jeanne Pring of Jkhoo Designs. I started making jewellery when I was not able to find anything suitable to accompany my dress for my wedding … and certainly not to my budget. I therefore decided to teach myself how to make my own jewellery for my special day. I received so many positive comments on the pieces I made that I decided to teach myself more and start a business.
The rest of the weekend was much quieter which gave me the opportunity to meet my fellow exhibitors. There was some truly exquisite work on display. I was also pleased that my peers were not only very talented craftsmen and women but were also very happy to provide advice when asked. Like so many of us who handmake our products we tend to underestimate the quality of our work and also its value. Further we often do not know where to go to show and sell our work – being able to ask the advice of those who have been doing this for a number of years successfully was a real boon for me. The creative arts community is made up of truly inspiring and encouraging people.
I was very fortunate to have my glamorous assistant (my husband) helping me especially during the very busy private view. He was able to look after potential customers while I was serving others. He was also very useful helping set up and pack away, organise food and drinks and allow me to take a break now and then without leaving my stand unattended.
About the author:Born in Malaysia, educated in Australia, living in the United Kingdom, owner/designer of Jkhoo Designs – exclusive high quality hand made jewellery, Jeanne Pring graduated with a double Chemistry degree, later specialised as an instructional designer and now a jewellery designer. Loves to sing and is inspired by all things beautiful. Every person is unique just as is every one of her creations. Contact Jeanne Pring at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more photographs of the event and my contact details, please visit my website (JkhooDesigns.weebly.com).
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