I was conflicted as to put this under business and marketing, or making/studio op. It does pertain to making so here I am.
I did my first wholesale show last march, and I am gearing up to do my second one this march. I kept my line very basic last year, because I really wanted to see how it went. I did great, and my line was well received. I stamp images onto hand built work. I have a mug line which is mid range porcelain, and an earthenware line of two small trays, and a 11 inch oval platter and small bowl. I also have little pendants.
I am currently in a situation where a few people have suggested that I make a large bowl or platter, or a large vase.. One of the suggesters is the person who curates and puts on the gift show. She says I have a gap at the high end of my line.
I have prototyped all three of these, and I just don't feel like they are ready design wise for me to release them wholesale. At least, I keep making up excuses and reasons why they just don't fit with the rest of the work.
Reason 1: If I am going to do a large platter, I think it should be stoneware like the mugs. This platter will not go with the earthenware platters I already have in my wholesale line. I want it to go with the dinnerware line that I have been designing, but have yet to develop. I could do a platter and pitcher duo in porcelain, but I see it glazed very different from the mugs.
Reason 2: I have a few other small items that I would like to bring out with the work this year. A cup and a tumbler to go with the mugs. And a ring dish and medium bowl to go with the earthenware.
I am running out of time.
Here is my question: Should I bust my butt and bang out the platter(and pitcher) set before I feel like they are really ready. Or stick with just the NEW smaller items and leave a gap in the line at the very top end? I would consider all of the items I currently have in the middle and low price range.
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