I've been fortunate to have a few steady customers for my ivory and jade jewelry. The line I offer these customers is what I refer to as "production" work. There are patterns I can easily repeat, thereby making the resulting pieces quick to produce and quite affordable. They are all combinations of fossilized mammoth ivory, jade, garnet, black onyx, sterling silver and gold filled. These items do well with the tourist market.
One of these steady customers is Three Bear Gallery, in the Denali Park area, owned by artist Shane Lamb and his wife Erin. They recently opened a store in downtown Palmer too. I suspect they will split this order between the two locations.
Erin placed an order the other day requesting it for May 1 delivery. Here are a few photos of the completed order.
Yes, these are laying on a big white garbage bag. I feel the need to explain. I have a rolling art table in my studio. It's covered with the plastic bag because my mixed media and stamping projects can get messy and I don't want to ruin the table. It's sort of located behind the area where I do most of my jewelry work. The art table seems like a good staging area for my finished jewelry before it gets tagged and put away with the rest of the finished stuff.
And you need to understand that my "studio" is extremely tiny, measuring only about 10' x 16'. Every square inch counts. It's amazing what I have crammed this little space. Rick keeps threatening to add a 2nd story, but he's only joking. I think.