WHAT I’VE LEARNT…
Don’t be afraid to approach people.
It took me a while to pluck up courage and show my work to Tresco Gallery in the Isles of Scilly, but, when I did, they couldn’t have been kinder or more enthusiastic. The worst that can happen is that they say no.
Choose your stockists carefully.
I wondered why my pieces weren’t selling well at one retailer and discovered they were being sold alongside mass-produced, much cheaper jewellery made in China. I sell very well through Designers Guild, as it displays things beautifully, alongside other artisan jewellers, and includes information about the pieces and how they are made. It brings it all to life.
Talk to fellow makers.
I’ve gained a lot of valuable information through talking to other stallholders at fairs. There’s a huge generosity of spirit in the creative industry and I’ve found that if you’re willing to share your knowledge, others are keen to share theirs.