Need a little guidance?
At any point in your career there are always challenges to navigate. You don’t have to face those alone! Whether you’re an experienced metalsmith who is thinking of rebranding, starting a new line, or building out your studio, we can help. Some examples of previous consultation sessions offered here at Creative Side include advice on such topics as:
- Setting up a home studio
- Ordering and sourcing materials/tools
- Rebranding or starting a new jewelry line
- Reviewing prototypes
- Preparing your work for production
- When to outsource and how to hire
- Finishing and polishing
- Website or store review and feedback
- Creating organizational systems
- Working with galleries and getting your work out in the market
- Providing industry resources
- Motivation and direction
- Time management
- Facilitating workshops
- Disciplining yourself as an artisan
Consultations are booked on a case by case basis, and we do our best to work with your schedule to make it as convenient as possible to get the help you need. Consultations can be done in person at the studio, or online via Zoom or Skype. Wherever you are in the world, we are happy to connect you to a professional with remote consultation sessions.
A Message from Creative Side’s Owner, Courtney Gray
What’s the difference between a consultation and coaching session?
While a consultation focuses on a specific issue and normally only requires one or two sessions, coaching is more intensive guidance and encompasses the entire creative and business process.
At times in our career, we all need a coach. Creatively focused ongoing sessions with the owner of Creative Side, Courtney Gray, will help you build yourself as an artist and a business!
Courtney is not only the founder of Creative Side Jewelry Academy of Austin, but also on the advisory board for Rio Grande, Bead and Button, and on the Education Dialogue Committee for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She has years of first hand experience in custom jewelry, and the knowledge and resources to enable you to reach your goals.
How does it work?
First, you can schedule a 10-20 minute conversation for free to see if the consultation and coaching is a good fit for both parties.
After that, consultations rates are:
- $95 for one hour
- $135 for 90 minutes
- $175 for two hours
Coaching starts at $525 for 6 one hour sessions, and can be ongoing on a case by case basis.
Ready to setting up your home studio?
We now offer traveling private lessons and consultations. We can send one of our CSJA team members to your home for a private jewelry lesson at your bench, or for a consultation on proper studio set up, including tanks, torches, machinery, ventilation and other tools and equipment you may be adding to your shop. We can help guide you safely and efficiently in the right direction for your space.
Price for this begins at $120 per hour plus gas for anywhere outside Austin city limits, with a minimum of 2 hours.
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“It’s not easy to find someone in Austin that will offer personalized sessions to help you setup your jewelry business. Courtney has the experience, understands the life of ‘the maker’, and pairs it with a knowledge of the jewelry world that sets this apart from any standard business coaching. I’ve truly enjoyed our sessions and felt very comfortable discussing my challenges with her. She guided me through areas where I was feeling stuck, overthinking things, and helped me paint a clearer picture of the direction I want to move in.” – Anonymous