expanding my line of modern granulated jewelry to rock the American Craft Council show
"...granulation is considered the most complex goldsmithing technique" - New York Times, October 11, 2012
About beth pohlman jewelry
Hi! I'm Beth, designer and maker of beth pohlman jewelry. I am a one-woman operation working out of my home studio in Baltimore, Maryland. All of the jewelry is hand-made by me out of recycled fine and sterling silver.
I started out my young adult life engrossed in the history and literature of the ancient world. However, through the twists and turns of fate, I found myself getting my degree in Metals & Jewelry from Towson University and loving it. Reading may fill my mind, but making filled my soul in a way that nothing else had.
After graduating, I was lucky enough to get a Studio Technician position at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Over time, I started to develop my production line and to sell it at medium-sized retail craft shows on the east coast as well as do several wholesale shows, launching my wholesale business. I have sold my work in dozens of stores around the country.
A couple of years ago, I took a workshop at MICA about the ancient art of granulation. I became immediately hooked on the jewelry of the ancient world and determined to bring this almost lost technique to the modern age. This challenging and unusual form of fine metal-working has changed the look and direction of my work and has allowed me to make jewelry that I am passionate about.
I have been accepted to show my work at the American Craft Council show in Baltimore in February. ACC is a very selective, juried show that highlights the best of craft in America. The show has a great reputation and hundreds of people who apply every year do not make the cut. The last few years I have done the Wholesale section of the show, but this is going to be my first time in the Retail section. This means, that where I needed one of each of everything in the past, now I need as many as I can make to sell to the public.
This is where you come in:
I have the time and energy to make a ton of work, and the skills needed to knock your socks off, but I lack the initial investment that a show so large will require. All of the money raised will be used for materials, booth fee, and advertising. Any money raised beyond my goal will be used to expand my line even further, allowing the addition of gold elements and faceted stones, as well as the purchase of much needed tools and equipment.
I can't do this the way that it deserves to be done without your support. I believe that there are people out there who value an object made by hand and with heart and who would like to help the evolution and preservation of a beautiful technique.
Woohoo! I made my goal:STRETCH GOAL TIME!
STRETCH GOAL #1: $6500 - GOLD! - I'm gonna add a line with a touch of gold! I've been dying to add some gold to my work for quite a while, but at $1700+ an ounce, it's been out of my price range. Having gold in some of my work will make me much more competitive and expand my audience. A lot of ladies out there are gold fiends, and I can't blame 'em!
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- to the American Craft Council, for the opportunity
- to the community at the Jewelry Center for your unending support, encouragement, and inspiration
- to Joseph Hyde for the beautiful product shots that I used for my badge and in my video
- to Jan Baum and the Towson University Metals & Jewelry program - I never would have started down this path without your strong light leading the way
- to Zoe, Annie, and Kasimir for helping me out along the way
- TO YOU! for helping me reach my goal!
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I have a lot of jewelry to make in a relatively short amount of time. I will basically spend two months locked in my studio with coffee, cats, and audio books. There will be a very large amount of work to be done, but I have been making work for years and feel confident I can budget my time well - I also have a few kind people who have offered to "elf" for me - do some very simple construction, labeling, etc. Stuff that takes time, but doesn't need to be done by a skilled artisan.
I need to completely redo the layout of my show booth, to be able to hold much more jewelry and make it accessible to the public - new displays have to be constructed, lights and tables purchased.
Once I have samples of all of my new pieces completed, I will have to photograph them all for my linesheet. I will take a select few pieces from the collections and have them professionally photographed, these pictures will be blown up and displayed in my booth, as well as be used in all of the pre-show marketing that I will do.
Marketing has always been a weak point for me and I hope to get past my shyness with promoting my work. The fact that I finally believe that I am making the work that is right for me will definitely help me get through that. I also have friends who are much more experienced at this and who can help me put together lists of galleries and other venues that might be interested in my work.
I've got enough show experience under my belt to feel very confident that I can pull all of this together and have a really clean, sharp looking booth with tons of great work.
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Oct 9, 2012 - Nov 8, 2012 (30 days)
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Every little bit helps! Pat yourself on the back and help yourself to a dose of the warm-fuzzies.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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You get my heart-felt thanks and the option of a big ol' hug. You rock.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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**Early Bird Special** Teeny Post Earrings - One pair of either the Teeny Circle Earrings or the Teeny Woven Squares. Get them in time for the Holidays! Available in oxidized or unoxidized.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Teeny Post Earrings - One pair of either the Teeny Circle Earrings or the Teeny Woven Squares. Available in oxidized or unoxidized. I can't guarantee them in time for the holiday, but I'll do my best!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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**Early Bird Special** Teeny Necklace - One Teeny Circle Necklace on an 16", 18", or 20" chain. Get them in time for the Holidays! Available in oxidized or unoxidized.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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**NEW REWARD** Teeny Circle Ring - you get the ring in whatever whole or half size you would like! Available in either oxidized in plain. Will message you at the end of the campaign to get ring details.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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Teeny 2-Pack - Get the Teeny Necklace and your choice of Teeny Earrings OR get two Teeny Necklaces, if that is what floats your boat. Available in oxidized or unoxidized.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Large Oval Earrings - One pair earrings with sterling silver posts. Available in oxidized or unoxidized.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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**Early Bird Special** ACC Experience - I will provide the first five backers at this level with a complementary pass to the Baltimore ACC Retail show and a $200 credit at my booth during the show, to use as you will! (Must be used during the show)Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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Falling Oval Necklace - One necklace with a 16", 18", or 20" chain. Only available oxidized.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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Shield Necklace - One necklace on a sterling silver cable either 16" or 18" long. Only available oxidizedEstimated delivery: Jan 2013
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Custom Design Fee- Let's make some beautiful jewelry together! This covers the design and fabrication cost for something we can design together. There will be an additional materials fee, entirely dependent upon the design of the piece. Delivery time will vary according to time restraints of both parties.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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** Early Bird Special** Fabulous Four Pack - you get the Teeny Earrings of your choice, the Teeny Circle Necklace, Large Oval Earrings, and the Falling Oval Necklace. Awesome for gift giving! First two people at this level get guaranteed delivery for the hoidays!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012