Meet Alaina

Alaina Clarke manages Dovetail's social media and is having so much fun learning about the interior design business, cabinets, countertops, and all the bells and whistles that go with it.

Centered on entre­pre­neur­ship in the arts, Alaina spends her time as a metal­smith and busi­ness expe­ri­ence strate­gist near Detroit, MI. Her philos­o­phy stems from an entre­pre­neur­ial mindset and believes all artists should have access to a compre­hen­sive under­stand­ing of lead­er­ship, busi­ness, and their ability to lever­age the skills and knowl­edge gained as an artist and be able to apply it to all profes­sional situ­a­tions in life.

Alaina earned a BFA in Metal­smithing and Jewelry and an MPA in Public Admin­is­tra­tion: Nonprofit Management and Lead­er­ship from Grand Valley State Univer­sity. She is passion­ate about culti­vat­ing a diverse, equi­table environment for all artists through education and dialogue, providing clients and students with creative problem-solving skills in an ever-evolving market.

As a coach and free­lancer, she has worked with multiple orga­ni­za­tions, The Society of North American Goldsmiths, The Furniture Society, The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Grand Valley State University, the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology, Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Living Arts; small busi­nesses like Elaine B. Jewelry, Dove­tail Design & Cabi­netry, and many indi­vid­ual artists. She has also teamed up with marketing and event agen­cies, like MVP Collab­o­ra­tive, Special D Events, and 2Fly Produc­tions to provide project management and event support. 

When she's not working or smithing, she enjoys being out in nature, walking through the woods, camping, or being on a beach somewhere. Ceramics was her first love and she works in clay as much as possible and can't wait for her nephew to be old enough to introduce him to it. Family and friends mean the world to Alaina and she is so lucky to have cultivated such strong relationships with them.


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