At times people will ask me at the art shows if I will negotiate a price…in other words take less than the price I have listed.
The answer is always the same…… No.
I think long and hard about the prices placed on the art we sell and believe it to be fair. I am not Monty Hall, this is not ‘Lets Make a Deal’
There are 2 reasons for this decision. The skills that it takes to make art are often learned over a lifetime. When people ask ‘how long did it take to make that?’ I often tell them my age. At this point it has taken me 70 years to make everything. It is getting longer to make every day.
If I lower the prices on my work it will deliver this message to you:
1) It is easy to make and 2) less than what you think it cost.
Neither of these things are true. I make slow art, thoughtful, mindful and fairly introspective. I want to be compensated for my work, not wealthy. Although I have a BFA in studio art I continue my education by taking courses mostly in glass fusion to metal.
I travel out of state for advanced classes and workshops with master enamelists.
However, I do nice things for my customers who walk past the big box stores, the malls and come to me to buy wearable art. I appreciate the people who buy the work of Rainmaker Designs. You allow me the wonderful opportunity to work as an artist and not become the exclusive collector of my work. My homes interior is already becoming an enamel mecca. I am eyeing the exterior as I write this. So I am very appreciative of your support.
So art lovers,…. I will clean and buff all your jewelry that you purchase from Rainmaker Designs free of charge. Making it so shiny that you’ll give me that look that I love to see on your faces.
I’ll give you a glass of wine, cup of coffee, tea or water and clean up your piece while you wait at our studios and show you where we work. I am happy to share my space with you, show you all our tools, machinery and 1000 plus square foot studio area. You can see the messiness of the art experience as opposed to the clean, beautiful pieces that you purchase. Artists make a mess to make something beautiful.
If you damage enamel I will repair it free of charge the first time and probably the 2nd or 3rd if you are nice. I have even replicated lost earrings to match the existing one. The only enamel I ask for compensation for is plique-a-jour. This is a high failure rate enamel procedure that I must basically be talked off the ledge to make. Although I will repair if I must.
But please do not ask me if I will play Monty Hall with you. Answer is always the same.
“Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about…say yes quickly, if you know, if you’ve known it from the beginning of the universe”