MARLENE RICHY'S BIO

I graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in art and jewelry, without anyone ever suggesting I might sometime want to make a living at what I had studied for four years.  A few years later William Richey and I joined forces and we naively started a jewelry design firm with absolutely no idea of how to run a business.  And that was the beginning of a long journey on learning the do's and don'ts, ups and downs, ins and outs of becoming art entrepreneurs.

During my 30+ years career in jewelry, I have run a wholesale business and a retail gallery, done hundreds of shows – craft and trade, indoors and out, juried and not juried, dreadful and successful.  I traveled for nine years to every nook and cranny of America selling our line.  I have served on numerous board of directors (currently Society of North American Goldsmiths), consult with emerging artists, teach seminars and classes, give speeches, participate on panels, write articles for jewelry/craft publications and have a book about running a small jewelry design business called “Profiting by Design” through the MJSA Press.