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Metalsmith BenchTalk with Marlene Richey

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UPDATED EDITED VERSION: Stay with it, a GREAT INTERVIEW with Marlene!! On Thursday's, March 25th broadcast at 3PM PDT and 6PM EDT, my guest is author Marlene Richey, see: http://www.marlenerichey.com/Marlene_Richey/marlene_richey.html. Marlene's father was an art professor and her mother a freelance writer, neither of them had even a rudimentary knowledge of business. She received a BA in art and jewelry from Central Washington University, without anyone ever suggesting she might sometime want to make a living at what she had studied for four years. Marlene married Bill Richey and they naively created what turned out to be an award-winning jewelry design firm with no idea of how to run a company. And that was the beginning of a long journey on learning the do’s and don’ts, ups and downs, ins and outs of running a small art business. During her 30+ year career in jewelry Marlene's run a wholesale design business, a retail gallery, participated in hundreds of shows - craft and trade, indoors and out, juried and not juried, dreadful and successful. She's traveled for a decade selling our jewelry in every nook and cranny of the US. Marlene has served on numerous boards of directors (currently Society of North American Goldsmiths), consults with emerging and not-so-emerging artists both nationally and internationally, teach seminars and classes (including at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC), give speeches and participate on panels, writes articles for jewelry/craft publications, writes a regular column in Art Jewelry magazine called “Business Savvy” and has a book published by the MJSA Press on running a small jewelry design business called “Profiting by Design.” Please join us for what promises to be a fun and informative program!

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