For a long time I have been hearing comments about copying of another artist. I have had some realizations that make me worry less and less about this topic and I thought you would like to hear them.
1. I am not the only person who makes sawn silhouette jewelry and even if I was, I could not meet the demand for it. I am at capacity right now with customers, shows and classes. If people in other places want sawn silhouette jewelry, I may not even be able to meet their need.
2. If I get my wish, people will buy more and more handmade, meaning we need more and more people making things. I am glad there are other metalsmiths around to take on some of the demand for handmade jewelry.
3. Your artwork is unique because it is made by you! I had a teacher tell me once if someone copies you, take it as a compliment and then make something else, get better and move on to more challenging work.