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Hav­ing di­rect con­tact with cus­tomers is in­cred­i­bly valu­able.

That was some­thing I re­alised when I was run­ning the craft gallery in Perth, and now it’s some­thing I en­joy and want to do more of through ap­point­ments at the stu­dio. It’s won­der­ful to be able to sit down with a client over a cup of tea and cre­ate a new piece for them that they will, hope­fully, trea­sure and en­joy wear­ing for ever.

Pro­duc­ing unique de­signs and hav­ing your own story to tell is es­sen­tial, as the mar­ket is full.

I think it’s im­por­tant to stay true to your own aes­thetic and get your in­spi­ra­tion from a pure source – not from, say, an­other jew­eller – and al­ways seek to in­no­vate.

It’s vi­tal to hone your craft.

For those start­ing out in jew­ellery­mak­ing, I would rec­om­mend do­ing an evening class or week­end work­shop to learn the ba­sics. It’s also a good idea to en­joy play­ing with a va­ri­ety of ma­te­ri­als. Af­ter train­ing, a great way to learn more about how the in­dus­try works is to apply for an in­tern­ship with a pro­fes­sional jew­eller. I have of­fered stu­dents paid in­tern­ships in the past.

In­sta­gram is great for keep­ing in touch with cus­tomers and fel­low crafters.

I share im­ages of work in progress, newly made rings, pen­dants and ban­gles, as well as what in­spires me, such as beau­ti­ful land­scapes and still-lifes in the stu­dio (@ebbagor­ing­jew­ellery).

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