Jewelry Open House
A lot of artists host Open Houses around the holidays, where people come to their homes or studios and can do some artisan-made shopping right at the source. A variation of this has developed spontaneously for me over the past year or so. Rather than a formal Open House event, friends will just give me a call and ask if they can come over to do some jewelry shopping. They usually let me know a few days in advance. This has occurred over the holidays, but also, it sometimes just goes like this, “Hey Linda, my Mom is in town visiting me, can we come over and look at your jewelry tomorrow?”
We have a long island in our kitchen. I lay out all my jewelry there, put on some music and just step back and let my visitors browse. I answer questions, maybe tell the story behind the piece they are looking at and encourage them to try on pieces of interest.
Recently Jenelle and Daniel of Beads and Botanicals, came over to do some Christmas shopping. This husband and wife team make the most amazing lampwork glass beads. If you are familiar with my work, then you know that I often include their beautiful handmade glass beads in my jewelry. (Here’s a link to an interesting article about how lampwork beads are made.) My recent Michaels Challenge necklace featured Daniel’s Black Sea Sand Dollar focal bead. Their kitchen shopping excursion netted them a bracelet, a pair of earrings and two necklaces.
If you are an artisan craftsperson perhaps an informal open house would work for you too. What do you think?