Amie Louise Plante
Tell us about your business.I started in 2003 with my own collection of hand fabricated designs. My process involves creating architectural forms inspired by nature using various metalsmithing techniques. I use carving, sheet metal and wire construction, soldering, enameling, stone setting and casting in various ways to produce my one-of-a-kind work. I also use casting, hand finishing, and stone setting in my production work. In 2011 I opened a small studio and gallery where I make work, exhibit new collections on an appointment basis, and teach metalsmithing classes. In the future I would like to have a more regular exhibit schedule as well as bring my teaching skills to larger venues and fine craft centers.
What makes your business stand out?My business is multifaceted, I try to reach customers several ways by making one-of-a-kind work for exhibition, production jewelry for every day wear, teaching classes in metalsmithing, and creating digital designs and models for various clients. When I am teaching, I am very open about my process of working and my techniques. I love to share the joy of creating with others through my classes. This gives people a better understanding of what it means to create something by hand from start to finish. My studio is usually open for visitors to see how I work, even when I'm not teaching. It's important for me that my customers understand how even the tiniest things are made by hard working hands with a tremendous amount of effort, time, and care.
What's the best business advice you've received?When a new opportunity comes your way, say yes. You never know where it might lead.
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