The most frequently asked questions about my silversmith career and business are answered below.
1. How did you get into silversmithing?
I grew up in my family’s hardware and appliance business in Aiken, SC, which directly influenced my interest in tools and equipment. In high school I learned to weld in the industrial tech class and began making sculpture and jewelry, which put me on the path to study silversmithing in college.
2. Where did you learn silversmithing?
I knew I wanted to major in jewelry and sculpture in college, so I went to Winthrop University where I studied under an English silversmith from London for both of my degrees.
3. How do you make your pieces?
Check out the details of my handcrafted process on my website page Handcrafted Design.
4. Where can I buy your jewelry and functional home designs?
You can purchase my available designs directly from my website Store.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for custom commission orders.
I sell my work regularly at exhibitions and trunk shows all over the country, so check my website Blog for event dates or sign up for my email newsletter for announcements on exhibits where you can purchase my work.
5. Do you have a shop or gallery in Charleston?
No, I do not have a retail shop or gallery in Charleston. Please see 4 above for where to purchase my work.
6. Do you work in gold?
Yes, I work in yellow, white, and rose gold. All gold items are custom and made to order. Check out a wide variety of gold pieces I have made in my website Portfolio.
You can also custom order my existing silver designs in my website Store in gold by emailing email@example.com.
7. Can you make me a custom design?
8. Do you sell your work in shops or galleries?
No, my work is not for sale in retail shops and I am not represented by a gallery. Please see 4 above for where to buy my work.
9. Do you sell your designs wholesale?
I am open to collaborating on a custom, exclusive design. Email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
10. Do you consign your pieces to retail shops or galleries?
No, I do not consign my work unless it is for an exhibition.
11. Do you offer engraving?
Yes, most of my pieces can be personalized with hand engraving. Check out the details on my Hand Engraving website page.
12. Do you teach private lessons or workshops?
Unfortunately I do not have time for teaching due to my full artwork and business schedule.
13. Do you give lectures?
Yes, I do give lectures. Email email@example.com for details.
14. Do you do restoration or repairs?
No, but I can refer you to an expert in the specific area of what you need restored or repaired if you send an email with details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
15. Can you melt down my old jewelry or silver and recycle it into a new piece?
No, but I can ship it to my precious metal supplier for it to be weighed in order to get a credit towards metal for your new piece. You are paid a percentage of the market price depending on what precious metal it is (sterling silver, 14k yellow gold, etc.). The percentage they deduct is the refining and processing fee. You do not get your metal back, because they refine it industrially in mass quantity with other scrap. I order from them the specific metal I need to make your new piece, which will not be your scrap metal.