I'd like to up my game and break into "making more than the cost of the table", so I'm here for some advice. I've signed up for the application to a few small holiday fairs, and as a ceramic student I've got maybe $100 if I can get someone to loan me some money.
I've been doing my school's "get rid of it before you go home" fair for a few years, but I haven't done anything at those other than put the stuff on the table and say hi to everyone who passes.
What kind of work sells well?
What kind of setup can I throw together in 3 weeks?
I've got some "eh it'll do" work (last year) and some "hey that's good!" (this year). Pricing advice?
the fairs are at my school and a coffee shop, I’m not expecting big spenders, just your general artsy holiday crowd.
studio turn around is about two weeks from bone dry to glaze fire, so small and quick is good.
supplies I have
freebie card reader from Paypal
sign saying I have said card reader and can take X card
car (SUV and I can fold the back seats down)
old work that isn't terrible (images on request)
one of those utility shopping carts
Permission to use school materials (glazes etc) as long as I’m not working on “to sell” work during class (private studio time is fine. “Make More Work!” Is the school motto)
stuff I can beg/borrow
my dad who has a wood shop and is willing to help me make things if they aren't very complicated (my skill level, not his.)
Possibly an assistant (my brother. Not lots of help, but some.)
Maybe stuff from the house if I can promise to bring it back in one piece.
the fairs I signed up for sell 4 foot and 8 foot tables. no booths here.
I’m moving next year to a masters program, and I’m not sure they have a ceramic studio near there (I'll look but I'm not hopeful). I'd rather not make anything huge and/or costly and then have to store it in the meantime.
thank you in advance for your time and help.