Get to know the makers, businesses and faces who are helping us create Midwest Craft Con! Today we meet The Smithery, the brainchild of two talented jewelry makers and longtime friends who have curated the finest selection of handmade jewelry from around the world. Jen Townsend and Anne Holman have combined shopping, artist studio space and DIY workshops into an adorable storefront in Grandview Heights — which you can visit on our bus tour!
Make sure to find Jen and Anne during our trade show, where they will be selling a selection of jewelry representing many of the artists in the store and will have information about their classes. They will also be speaking on a panel about developing good relationships with retail shops.
Megan: How long have you been in the creative scene?
Jen and Anne: We have been actively selling our jewelry for a combined total of over 22 years. Together, we founded The Smithery early 2014 and opened our doors October 2014. We have both always been making things our entire lives and found our individual passion for metal while studying other media in art school.
Megan: What services do you provide to your community?
Jen and Anne: The Smithery encompasses a number of facets. We provide project-based workshops on a weekly basis to the public, as well as host private events for groups of individuals seeking a hands on activity. Our Make Your Own Wedding Band workshop is a unique offering we provide to couples seeking one-of-a-kind rings. We provide custom jewelry services making commissioned work for individuals. We also have built a selling venue to support independent artists as well as bringing a well-curated collection of fine craft to the Columbus area.
Megan: What are you most proud of when it comes to your business?
Jen and Anne: We are most proud of our commitment to build something we dreamt about, from the ground up, with integrity and respect to independent artists.
Megan: What is one big mistake you’d suggest others avoid when entering the handmade arena?
Jen and Anne: Not be afraid or hesitant to put yourself out there. It will never be the “right time.” And trust your gut when you are doing business with other people. If you feel hesitant, there is usually a good reason.
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Craftin' Outlaws is this Saturday and we will be there! We'll have a ton of our amazing artist made goods with us AND we'll have a Make & Take booth! We will have lots of hammers and metal stamps at the show so you can make a personalized charm, necklace, or keychain on the spot! Make sure to stop out Saturday from 11-5pm at the Greater Columbus Convention Center!
Megan: Any big goals for the new year?
Jen and Anne: Staying positive. Working more on The Smithery’s in-house collaborative jewelry line, wedding jewelry, as well as our individual work.
Megan: What are you most looking forward to at Midwest Craft Con?
Jen and Anne: Getting to spend some time with other creative people and welcoming you to Columbus!
Meet Jen and Anne and so many other makers at Midwest Craft Con in February!