Amie Louise Plante
American Made Since 2003
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 unique?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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