WHAT I’VE LEARNT…

Country Living (UK) - - Kitchen Table Talent -

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.

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