Sunday, November 7, 2010

Blog Carnival- EtsyMetal team "What does it mean to be successful?"

Kerry and I are part of EtstMetal. It is a international collective of artisans who create jewelry and works of art in metal. This is my first time participating in our Blog Carnival. We all answer the same questions and write about it in our blogs. We can't wait to see what everyone else thinks about this topic...What does it mean to you to be successful in business as an artist?

We feel like a success because we have been sustaining our business for over 12 years. We have the freedom as artists to make what we want. We have repeat customers who love our work and want us to make jewelry for them that is special and cool. And we have never had to compromise who we are in the process.

Question 2- How do you walk the line between creativity and profitability?
When we first started making jewelry all of our organic castings were one of a kind. Now we have two lines of jewelry, our one of a kinds and our molded production pieces. We change the production pieces every year to keep them new and different. The customers still love them and we can keep them at a nice price.

Question 3- What is the best thing we have done for my business?
We have always done things our own way. Everthing from our designs to the way we display our work has always come from our clear perspective of who we are and how we want the world to see our work.
We have always followed our hearts and our guts. Being true to ourselves and our art has been good for our business. We think that when you make your own rules and follow your own path you stand out from the crowd.

Check out what my fellow members think about this topic.

victoria takahashi / experimetal
Beth Cyr:
Nina Gibson ~


Bits of Grey Matter said...

I love that you can work as a team... each bringing that energy to the work, and your success.

Victoria Takahashi said...

thanks you two,
I think your aspect on creativity and following your hearts, doing it your way works for you and it shows through your beautiful work, thanks for sharing :)

Debi said...

I was bummed I couldn't find you guys at the Wellfleet Oyster fest. My husband and I looked and looked! Oh well, maybe next year?

Any showings in CT coming up?