Young jewelers prepare wares Finale: South Carroll Crafts Classic, in its third and last year, will exhibit and sell works by students and older artists.

December 06, 1996|By Donna R. Engle | Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF

Student jewelers, potters, sculptors and painters -- and some adult crafters/artisans -- will show and sell their wares at the third and last annual South Carroll Crafts Classic on Wednesday.

Most of the exhibitors are students in Linda Van Hart's arts program, who combine business training with their arts studies. Other exhibitors will be floral-design students and their teacher, a guidance counselor who does counted cross-stitch, and a South Carroll High School alumnae who has a jewelry shop and will take custom orders.

South Carroll is one of a few Maryland high schools that offers jewelry making, Van Hart said. She said college recruiters are typically impressed: "You've done jewelry in high school?"

Van Hart started the crafts show three years ago to raise money for pottery glazes. She said she always runs short of glazes and didn't want to charge students additional fees.

This year's show will be the last because it requires so much time and energy, she said.

Van Hart also teaches at Western Maryland College and has owned Toll House Studio in Uniontown, where she sells the jewelry she makes, for 16 years.

Van Hart's students learn how to mold and shape metal into artistic forms.

They also calculate the cost of materials for each item they make, assign themselves an hourly wage and add profit when they price an item for sale.

They can work with copper and beads supplied by the school system or buy sterling silver and gemstones from Van Hart at wholesale prices.

The annual crafts show generates income from table rentals paid by nonstudent exhibitors.

L Students keep the proceeds from items they sell at the show.

In addition to learning how to price items, the arts program students do marketing.

Senior Aileen Hudspeth, 17, of Woodbine made numerous "y" necklaces for her sales table "because they're popular and you appeal to a bigger crowd."

Hudspeth has an order form for custom-made jewelry. Jewelry buyers will find her ready with gift boxes.

"People look at you, they can see you're really prepared and have gone all out for the customer," she said.

Crafts show chairwoman Alicia Eakle, 17, a senior from Mount Airy, has loved gemstones since she was a child, when she took books about rocks into the back yard to try to identify stones.

She wants to make jewelry at home.

"But I need a blowtorch, and my parents said no."

Eakle has sold her jewelry at community shows, worked in a summer arts program at Western Maryland College and plans a double major in English and art in college. She is thinking of apprenticing with Van Hart.

The crafts show will be open in the school cafeteria from 2: 40 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Some crafts will be on sale at the school's Winter Fine Arts Festival at 7: 30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18.

Pub Date: 12/06/96

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