Elizabeth Anne Norris

Jewellery Designer / Maker


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Find me on Adur Art Trail this weekend

Ok so I haven’t written a blog post for a while, busy busy, but I had to let you know about my latest exhibition at Krysia and Rick’s house on the Adur art Collective Art Trail in Shoreham-by-Sea, west sussex.

I was excited to be invited by artist Krysia Drury to exhibit my handmade silver jewellery at her artists open house in Shoreham this month. Exhibiting at this venue are Krysia Drury, Rick Irvine, Lizzie Lee, Phil Duncan, Elizabeth Anne Norris, Deryn Bell, Chris MacDonald and Karen Ongley-Snook.

The Adur art Collective organise 32 venues showing local art in houses, a caravan, a houseboat and a beach hut! As well as the free exhibits at the Artists open houses the other art Collective organizers many workshops talks and poetry readings at many of the venues to allow visitors to get involved in art and craft activities.

You can find out full details of all the Adur Art Collective events on their website www.adurartcollective.co.uk

Here are selection photos from last weekend at Krysia and Rick’s house. I hope they inspire you to visit either this weekend or next. Krysia’s and Rick’s house is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until the 19th of June. If you pick up a brochure you can find us at Venue 26, 178 Old Shoreham Road BN43 5TE. I Hope you can visit and if you do I look forward to meeting you there.

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Elizabeth Anne Norris  Jewellery Designer / Jewellery Teacher

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Art and Soul Falmer – 21 and 22 November 2015

Art and Soul Christmas 2015 small flyer

You can find me and my handmade precious metal jewellery at Art and Soul Christmas Fair in Falmer, East Sussex on Saturday 21 November and Sunday 22 November.

Flower Earrings Rose Gold

I’m really looking forward to taking part in this east sussex art and craft fair for the third year. The organiser and artist Sue Barnes does a fantastic job organising such a friendly event with many high quality handmade arts and crafts on offer.

The fair is frequented by regulars from the local area and beyond who visit Falmer for a winter walk around the pretty village and surrounding countryside, stopping for a cup of tea and homemade cake in the cafe as well as browsing for handmade christmas gifts at the Christmas Fair. It’s a lovely day out.

Regular exhibitors at the Falmer Art and Soul Christmas fair include some of my favourites…

Julie SnowballJulie Snowball, Ceramic artist

Troy OhlsonTroy Ohlson, Artist

Jackie BennettJackie bennett, Tapestry and felt

Vanessa PeaseVanessa Pease, Jewellery

Lou PettyLou Petty, seamstress and creator of Toscana lambskin tippets.

For more information and to find out more about who’s exhibiting at Art and Soul Falmer this year visit Art and Soul on Facebook.  Don’t forget to like their Facebook Page for updates on future exhibitions.

I look forward to seeing you there.

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Gem of The Day – Patsy Oxley

Patsy Oxley Butterfly earrings

Patsy Oxley is an artist turned enamel artist and has made jewellery her new artform. She draws inspiration from the semi-arid environment of Colorado Springs where she lives. Her colourful copper and enamel jewellery makes ‘the common uncommon‘ and her brass clay jewelry pieces are quite fantastic. Patsy writes about her inspiration and art in her blog here

I have chosen Patsy’s Enamel dangle butterfly earrings for my ‘Gem of the Day’ as they caught my eye with the vibrant orange and yellow enamels while the attention to detail in the Monarch butterfly wings is amazing. These are definitely statement earrings and are sure to catch everyone’s attention. Beautiful work.

Click here to see Patsy’s Online Shop OxArtJewelry. What do you think of Patsy’s enamel work? Please leave your comment below. Many thanks.

Click here to see who’s been my ‘Gem of The Day’ before? Which has been your favourite so far? Please leave a comment below. I’d love your feedback.

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How do I work out my hourly rate?

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(Photo courtesy of Guiletta on Flickr)

One of the most fundamental things for running a successful craft business is charging the right amount for your services and products. 

Below I will show you a simple way to calculate your hourly rate. It may seem really confusing if you don’t know how but it really is straight forward. It just may take you a little while to gather all the necessary information first. I use this calculation myself for my jewellery design business in Brighton.

This post is aimed at self-employed designers/ crafts people who are sole traders, although it would apply to most people running a business on their own. If you are just starting up or have been running a business part-time for a while and aim to earn a living from what you love full-time then read on. 

If, like me you are a designer / maker / artist and you want to know how much to charge for your artistic creations this article is just for you.  

Underselling your work is probably the most dangerous thing you can do and will inevitably lead to your business failing. If you are not covering your costs then you will not even break even. It may sound obvious, but to grow a business you need to make a profit. 

Even if you are only a maker part-time right now, if your aim is to work full-time as a designer / maker in the future and earn enough money to live on you must use the following calculation below to work out your hourly rate. 

If you come across people who’s prices seem too low ask yourself are they doing it for a living or as a hobby? Are they being subsidised by a high earning partner/relative? Did they just win the lottery? If you want to sell at the right price to survive don’t give in and under charge for your work. You must not. 

Your hourly rate applies to consultations, design time, making time, exhibition/ show time, all the time you spend running your business. If your situation changes (you move home or studio) recalculate your hourly rate. 

You may find that the first time you make a new design it may take a little while but the next time you make it, when you know what you’re doing, it takes half the time. Bear this in mind when pricing up work. When preparing an estimate for a private commission I always double the time I think its going to take me as a contingency. 

Once you have calculated your hourly rate you can more easily work our how to price your product. Look out for my post on how to price your product.

Firstly, work out the number of hours you work in a year. Sounds hard? I’ll do it for you…

 365 (total days in the year) – 52*2 (weekend days in the year) – 8 (bank holidays/national holiday uk only) – 5 (sick days) – 20 (holidays)  =288 days

NB. Don’t forget to minus days for part-time work if you have another job.

Now use the following spreadsheet (requires you to have Microsoft excel) and fill in the yellow boxes as appropriate. Add the number of days worked per year. Your hourly rate should be automatically calculated in red at the bottom right.

Good luck and let me know if it works out as you expected.

Blank Hourly Rate Calculator Spreadsheet

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