As a Principal of the company, one of the enjoyable things about my work is selecting new pieces. Because I know a lot of artisans, the word gets around and I'm often bombarded with lots of samples hoping to be selected for market. Selection means exposure for the artisan and an opportunity to grow their business and support their family.
How do I make my selection?
- I'm a stickler for quality. I want the best for my customers so I look closely at the quality of the carving.
- I look for pieces that "pop". Standout items usually show not only quality carving, but colorful finishes that get noticed easily.
- I like pieces that have a romance or story to it. It should have symbolism and reflect the creativity, history, or culture of the carver.
I get a lot of feedback and ideas for new products from many of you and that's a blessing. That means I'm able to bring you pieces that you ask for and I love that. Thank you La Trisha Payne for your ideas on Mother & Child pieces. Keep those suggestions coming! Check out our latest collection of New Arrivals.
I will be visiting Ghana very soon and I can't wait to see what is waiting for me. Stay tuned!