Thursday, December 20, 2012

New Year, New Plans, New Place, for my small biz...

GRB is Moving!!!
Well Folks, I have an announcement....

After weighing the pro's and cons of continuing as an artist/instructor/entrepreneur and all that is involved in making that work, I've decided to pull the plug on retail and just focus on being an artist/instructor for awhile.

Sooooooo...I've signed a lease on a great studio space at the Lake Erie Screw Factory in Lakewood where I and my Design Team plan to teach, write and create. Beginning Feb. 2013, GRB's new home will be:
The Lake Erie Screw Factory
13000 Athens Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
Studio #341
See location on map HERE
Some background about our future home: The Lake Erie building at Templar Industrial Park, commonly known as the Screw Factory, is a great example of the innovative use of re-purposed space. The sprawling building houses dozens of artists' studios, teaching spaces, more than fifty businesses, plus an active factory. The Templar Motors Car display on the third floor features the finest collection of Templar cars in the world.
Over the past four years, more than 30 artist studios were constructed on the second and third floors. The raw nature of the industrial space and large expanses of glass attract artists like moths to a flame, and this creative enclave is now host to a diverse range of mediums including; glass, ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, mixed media, painting, jewelry, metal arts, photography and printmaking.

And yes, there is an elevator! :-)

So, here's the plan...
1) Beginning Feb. 2013, Grand River Beads and Gift Gallery will become Grand River BeadStudio

2) Hours will be by appointment only

3) GRB will continue to provide the wonderfully creative and ever evolving selection of classes you have come to expect. We also plan to host guest instructors, as we ourselves love learning new techniques and being inspired by the wide world of jewelry designers.

4) Many of our existing products will be cleared out so if there is anything you've had your eye on, we suggest you get 'em while we got 'em! We will begin discounting selected products in Jan. as per the following schedule 
    • Jan. 2-5 (20% off)
    • Jan. 9-12 (30% off)
    • Jan. 16-19 (40% off)
    • Jan. 23-26 (50% off)
5) Jan. 26 will be our last day of business in Rocky River, and the new teaching schedule will resume Feb. 13, 2013.  

I am looking forward to the future with optimism and anticipation. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, encouragement, creative inspiration, but most importantly for your love and friendship. I could not have done this with out you!!!

Eva Sherman & the Entire GRB Design Team
at Grand River BeadStudio

Monday, December 3, 2012

YOJ Week 51, 52, and DONE!!!

So I finished the Year of Jewelry Challenge for 2012! I made one piece of jewelry a week for a year, although some weeks, just barely. But I will say that having participated in this challenge for 4 years now, it has evolved me as a jewelry artist like nothing else. I plan to do it again next year. Care to join me?
YOJ Week 51 - Labradorite Flower Cuff
YOJ Week 52 - Ribbons and Laces and Metral, Oh My!
YOJ Bonus Cuff