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In Topic: Pottery Back To A Sideline

23 May 2017 - 09:27 AM

Stephen, clay and I came together later in life.  There have been times I wished I had started earlier, but what makes it all possible for me now is that I retired first.  I saved up and bought my equipment a piece at a time before I quit working.  But I wanted my clay habit to pay for itself.  It is something I want to keep doing for quite some time.  And it does pay for itself and then some.  However, the business end of things has been the hardest for me.  Those have been skills I have had to learn and  I have had the luxury of time to figure it out. 

So to echo Mea, Mark, Nerd, John, use your day job to put food on the table and keep throwing on the side.  Pick up shows where you know you will do well in order to keep financing the ceramic production.  The only people who fail are the ones who don't try in the first place.   Stephen, you have learned a great deal the last year.  Use that to good measure.  Best wishes to you.


In Topic: Pottery Display Time

21 May 2017 - 05:19 PM

I posted a photo of my new shelves, full of pots at a show, while you were in Cambodia. Not sure if you saw it. One of my goals was to get my stacks of plates off the ground level shelf. They are now one level up from the ground. I've done three shows this year and plate sales are through the roof.


Mea, do those shelves fold or are they angled like corners and you fill in with tubs etc in the van?



In Topic: Finding The Right Show For You

18 May 2017 - 09:40 AM

Moh, Everything that Mea is spot on as usual.  I live in a somewhat remote area, so I have started with small shows in order to learn the ropes.  I am branching out a bit now by applying to other venues, but like Mea pointed out, you really should visit some of the shows first to see if you are a good fit.  I have done that and have definitely crossed some off my list.  It is a lot of work to do shows so you need to minimize your risks in order to have it worth your while. If you read some of the threads here on this forum, you will see that even if you have covered all your bases (suitable venue, quality show, appropriate work, good looking booth) sometimes the crowds aren't there, or are just not buying for whatever reason.  I really encourage you to actually visit shows.  That also will give you more ideas about great displays. 



In Topic: Qotw: What Do You Listen To While Working In The Studio? Music, Tv, Talk Radi...

17 May 2017 - 04:20 PM

Like Kelly, I run the gamut on music....I start with loud, fast music, in the a.m.  then slowly start winding it down as the day goes by.  I love Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast, and in the evening I entertain myself with BBC dramas and comedies on Hulu...  I liked the  camaraderie of a community studio, but I am ADD enough to know I work better by myself.  And sometimes silence just doesn't cut it for me! 



In Topic: Nine Warning Signs Of An Amateur Artist

05 May 2017 - 11:20 PM

I have a quote in my sketchbook that says "When you are lazy, your art is lazy, when you hold back, it holds back, when you hesitate it stands there staring, hands in pockets. But when you commit, it comes on like blazes."  I think this is from Art and Fear that Joseph mentioned.  I find that quote to be true in most things.


Recently I was having dinner with family and friends, and I said that I realize that most people think they are paying me a compliment when they say "you are so talented!"  when I explained to the group that I almost resent this comment because I really really work at making pots.  My husband said, but you are talented!  And I told him no, I don't believe that I have any more talent than anyone else, but what I bring to the table (the clay table, as it were) is persistence.  Pure and simple.  A willingness to fail and perhaps look stupid, but to keep trying.  Thanks for sharing Mea.  Hope your show goes well this weekend.