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Member Since 08 Apr 2010
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In Topic: Metal Grid Shelves Vs Wood Shelves

Yesterday, 08:58 AM

I am definitely in favor of "quick setup" and "lightweight" but I think the grid pattern is somewhat busy and distracting. My advice is to make the backdrops solid ... i.e. if your grids are white, hang a white fabric panel behind them to make a solid white backdrop.

But I encourage you to keep thinking along the lines of "how do I make this easier and faster" because too many aspiring festival artists take the opposite approach, trying to do too much, and burden themselves with overly cumbersome displays.

Here's an anecdote ... I was next to an artist who was doing her first large show. Afterwards I packed down all of my display into a tidy pile of boxes.
"Where did your walls go?" she asked.
"They're just fabric. They are all in that box."
"Well I used hard walls for my display" she bragged.
Then I noticed that I was packing my things into my car, and she was just sitting there next to her car.
"I have to wait for my friend to get here with her car, because this doesn't all fit in one car."
Five minutes later I was driving away, and she was still staring at her cell phone. This is a show that ended at 9pm, so it was well past 10pm. I have not seen this person at any shows since.

In Topic: Farmers Markets Vs Seasonal Venues

30 July 2014 - 11:58 AM

I've never done a farmer's market or similar venue, but based on being the moderator of this section of the forum and therefore reading all of the posts here ... my sense is that these venues are great "starter" venues for learning the process of selling, but not for making serious bucks.

I'm not sure I'd dive in for 3 holiday art venues all in the same year. If you are new to this, you might be biting off more than you can chew. Try one this holiday season, and go from there. It wouldn't hurt to try the other farmers markets, they are not all the same.

Also, the notion that customers need to see you several times at the same venue is incorrect. I've heard it said a lot, it's just an excuse. The real truth is if you are the new artist at a show, you get way more attention than the returning artists.

In Topic: Metal Grid Shelves Vs Wood Shelves

30 July 2014 - 11:41 AM

Can you post some photos of the metal shelves?

You are correct that you need to work within the confines of your car space. If wood shelving means you can't bring enough pots, then it's a nonstarter of an issue.

In Topic: Used Pottery Wheels: The Good And The Bad?

30 July 2014 - 08:07 AM

If you are looking for a used wheel, you probably aren't going to get much choice in terms of brand. The premium brand wheels are generally not found on the used market (people who buy them, keep them). And even for a full-time professional, any wheel will get the job done as long as it's level, spins smoothly, and has speed control. If I was shopping for a used wheel, a "good" wheel is one that is affordable, runs smoothly, and located within driving distance. If I was motivated by the finer points like noise level, splash pan design, or extra torque, I would buy a new wheel.

In Topic: Put Name Of Event That I Am Selling Products At, On My Products Sold There?

24 July 2014 - 09:06 AM

I'll try just the town and state, no date, make half a dozen, simple pieces.  

That sounds like a sensible way to try it. Let us know how it works out!