The Eagle has Landed

by waynemiller on April 14, 2009

I have just returned from a West Coast adventure,it started a few weeks back at the Craft Show in San Francisco,Fort Mason center.I did the show for one of my designers who was ill last year,so I thought I would check it out this year. WOW There was a good crowd,but very few sales,some of these artists have been on the road for years,and were very disappointed this year.

So off I go .I traveled up and down the west coast talking to many retailers,wholesalers and even a few small manufactures. The general consensus,sales are down dramatically,foot traffic has grind to a halt. I am a optimistic person,but hearing and seeing these artists trying to make things happen was sad. I had one Jeweler telling me that they are out sourcing to other countries to save a dollar.That upset me. One artist that I met was sending in to the refiner her completed designs to melt ,just to pay the bills,I noticed that she had a Brand New Kerr Auto Electro-Melt Furnace for sale. These cost upwards of $ 1500. I purchased it for $ 850.00 to help her out,I don’t need one,but I will try and turn it for what I bought it for.

I am spending hours and hours trying to digest all of the info obtained on my trip. I woke up at 2:30 one morning with a plan to help some of these hard working Goldsmiths. I have a plan that will work.In my future posts I will share that vision with you.My routine will be checking Blogs every day in the early morning. Stay tuned. The Eagle has landed.

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waynemiller April 16, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Marianne, That is a interesting observation. Did I meet you there ?
The Main reason I was there was to check on one of my clients,maybe you know her ? Michelle Krespi. I have been involed with her for many years.
Can you keep me updated with your future shows.I am very cocerned about the future of american artists.I want to be more involved. Thanks for the comment.
Wayne

marianne April 15, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Just to bolster your optimism, Wayne, I also participated in the CCM, SF Ft. Mason show in March and I had a really decent show! I was very surprised! I think that people were relating to pieces that had emotional content for them…pieces that made them feel happier or reminded them to feel hopeful. that’s the only way I can explain it to myself. M

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