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#1 PSC

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 12:55 AM

Ok, this was a weird one for me this past weekend. I was doing a show and a lady asked the usual...'you made this all yourself?' I nod and smile and start to tell her it was all my work and i was local, as i was doing this i brushed an errant bit of hair out of my face that the wind blew...she watched my hand and looked at me skeptically and said, 'and yet too nice of fingernails' and turned in left.

I do tend to have nice active length nails, nothing i do is special, just clip the tips when they get ragged, i also have very long hair so i figure it just being healthy. So very odd to be judged badly cause your hands are nicer than expected. I'm certainly not going to go rough up my nails just to fit the expected. Ever lose a sale because your appearance didn't meet with expectations?

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 01:35 AM

Nothing like that has ever happened in my limited experience.

 

To me, it sounds like that lady was looking for a reason to not believe you. Not all "Did you do all this yourself?" type questions come from positive places.  Insecurity can make people act in strange ways.  Perhaps your talent and the fact that you looked so put together threw her off and made her feel inferior in a way she didn't like?

 

I'm assuming you've done a number of shows and this has never happened, so  I don't think such a statistical rarity merits much thought.  It's one thing to lose business because you fail to meet a socially implied dress code, but losing business over looking too manicured points to a problem on the customer's part.  Normally I'd say the customer's always right and 90% of the time that's true, but (to put it in near-vulgar terms) you can't please crazy.  



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 02:14 AM

Time for Old Lady's  statement:

Putting me down doesn't raise you up!

Where is Old Lady? Busy in her studio I guess!



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 07:16 AM

Pay it no mind, to jump straight to a negative judgement based on not a scrap of relevant info is the sign of a miserable person. Tyler is right. :)



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 08:01 AM

This is the classic;"escape the studio/shop scene"

If she had a smoke bomb, she would have thrown it down and disappeared. I have heard;"Do you have that in green?",or" I am just going to get my wallet/purse/backpack,money."

Who walks around a craft fair with their money in another location?

I also have beautiful hair and nails, and ironically, am still able to make pottery.

File this one under the"crack-pot pile."

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 09:22 AM

for those who haven't seen the potter at an art fair animation:

http://m.youtube.com...h?v=W8kaYg3XjVQ

it exagerates a bit but the extent of human stupidity/ignorance never fails to impress/disappoint
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#7 Wyndham

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 12:57 PM

No, that is spot on.

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#8 Chris Campbell

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 09:18 AM

The customer is always right, but often wrong.

People comment that I don't look like a potter ... what should I change to fit their vision?
I'm already wearing jeans and a t shirt ... Maybe it's the shoes?

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 05:46 PM

I was working on a private comission for a large local fair grounds, they loved my sculptures. The president of the fair grounds told me that they had another sculptor, who was and I quote "not as good, not nearly as impressive:" but they would not hire me for a show, as I did not drive a nice enough truck to perform durring the fair... I never inquired about about doing a show for them in the first place, and I drive a nice truck?

He said, to be adiquate " I should have a Truck and a 20' trailer whith vinyl graphics."

 

I'm not sure to this day why I would have needed to have my truck on display. If I wanted to do their show, I really could have parked it anywhere....maybe he didn't like Toyota's?

 

When they first introduced smart phone credit card readers, I ordered one, one of the very firstcard readers you could get. While I was waiting on the card reader I had a show. At the show, I had a customer who loved my stuff, but would not pay cash, because he felt I made tons of money under the table, and would cheat on my taxes.

 

Oh... I saved the best for last.

 

I had a request to take some photos and do a sculpture of Timber wolves for an exotic pet owner. Durring My visit to take photos and get a deposit, Long story, short...the so called tame wolves ate the wife's cat...she was home.

 

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 06:01 PM

One more goofy customer story. Summer market with lots of traffic in my tent and a woman saw one of my lazy susans. It had a sign that said "Lazy Susan". She loudly said that it was very rude. How would that make Susan feel?!! She stomped off looking very superior for being so wise. Head shaking moment at the time but had to giggle about it.

#11 JLowes

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 08:50 AM

@Min,

Perhaps that was Susan, lol.

 

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 11:41 AM

One more goofy customer story. Summer market with lots of traffic in my tent and a woman saw one of my lazy susans. It had a sign that said "Lazy Susan". She loudly said that it was very rude. How would that make Susan feel?!! She stomped off looking very superior for being so wise. Head shaking moment at the time but had to giggle about it.

I don't know where these people come from. Doesn't everyone know that the spinny thing is called a "Lazy Susan?"

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#13 Rebekah Krieger

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 10:14 AM

I keep my nails manicured with shellac so they do not split and break. The shellac gel protects the nails.  I must be honest, when I was at nceca I felt a little out of place because I was not 24yrs old with dreadlocks or a guy with a beard.  I felt a bit  "yuppy ish" being 34 and a stay at home mother.  

 

The minute we start trying to "look like a potter" is when we stop being true to ourselves and likely our work will follow suit.  Just remember bernard leach made pots wearing a suit.  

 

Chris-  don't you know we potters are not supposed to take care of our hair and wear makeup? ;)  Next convention I shall not shower or brush my hair for a week prior.  


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#14 JBaymore

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 11:32 AM

The customer is always right, but often wrong.

People comment that I don't look like a potter ... what should I change to fit their vision?
I'm already wearing jeans and a t shirt ... Maybe it's the shoes?

 

 

Yiour choices are tie-dye T-shirts and dreads, a checkered wool shirt and Carharts, or tattoos and piercings. Pick one. ;)

 

best,

 

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 01:39 PM

The minute we start trying to "look like a potter" is when we stop being true to ourselves and likely our work will follow suit.  Just remember bernard leach made pots wearing a suit.

 

A lot of wisdom in that statement.

 

best,

 

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 04:46 PM

I must be honest, when I was at nceca I felt a little out of place because I was not 24yrs old with dreadlocks or a guy with a beard.  I felt a bit  "yuppy ish" being 34 and a stay at home mother.  
 


It was the same for me in college. The "Artsy" students, were wearing paint splattered, retro clothing from the local second hand store, mixed with band apparel from someone I had never heard of. The Graphic Design students wore khakis and button ups or polos.
I took a wide range of classes, so my dress never fit in with either, as I was constantly in sneakers, jeans and a t-shirt.

I never felt out of place, as I wasn't aware there was a required "Artist Dress Code". Since, I'm apparently incorrect, I guess I will have to invest in some berets and smocks.
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Posted 06 April 2014 - 05:20 PM

As an artist... it is always safe to dress in all black too. ;)

 

best,

 

..................john


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#18 Mudslinger Ceramics

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:10 PM

As an artist... it is always safe to dress in all black too. ;)

 

best,

 

..................john

 

 

 

Hahahahaha!.....

 

...after years of skirts and 'sensible' shoes for office work (are high heels ever sensible??) ... I put on black clothes and steel caps boots for art school morning dress convenience ......15 years later still the same.....doesn't make a better artist but the 'what should I wear' morning dress ritual is easier!


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Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:13 PM

I'm not an artist, so the black clothes won't work for me ;)
Besides, I like my bib overalls and clay-ey shoes too much!

....somehow, I don't feel complete unless I'm splattered with clay somewhere. Shoes are usually the more acceptable location ;)

#20 Chris Campbell

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:14 PM

The customer is always right, but often wrong.
People comment that I don't look like a potter ... what should I change to fit their vision?
I'm already wearing jeans and a t shirt ... Maybe it's the shoes?

 
 
Yiour choices are tie-dye T-shirts and dreads, a checkered wool shirt and Carharts, or tattoos and piercings. Pick one. ;)
 
best,
 
.......................john


The tattoos ... If I were not so averse to any forms of pain or blood letting, I would definitely have tats!

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