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  1. Hello! I’m gearing up for a big outdoor craft show in a few weeks and the exhibitors packet said “no ez up tents” due to the venue being windy. This is my first time doing this show so I’m not sure what to do! I don’t own a canopy like a light dome or trim line, and I’m not sure if I’m ready to invest that much, and renting one will cost almost half the price of buying one! Anyone have any advice?? Will a good quality pop up probably be ok with proper weights? Or do I bite the bullet and buy the light dome? Thanks!
  2. Crazy Quiz: selling pottery, best practice at a craft show? Select correct answers. When setting up the display which of the following should you do? a. Set up your display and sit back in a corner by your cash box and let the customer come to you. b. Set up a self -check-out table up front with a cash jar and let the customers help themselves while you set in back and enjoy your favorite drink. c. Set your boxes out and let the customers rummage through the boxes. d. Set up an attractive display and engage the customer. Which of the following should you do when engaging customers? a. When someone (who has no initial intention of buying) compliments your work, thank them and ask if there is one thing they specifically like. b. Customer, “My mom collects cats. Do you have any?” Do you respond?, “Yes, I have a litter of 8 kittens. If you give me your mom’s address I’ll drop them off next week.” c. Ask your neighbor to watch your booth while you spend the morning wandering around the show giving other venders good advice. d. If someone gasps when they spot what they perceive is a high price, try to sell it to them for half price. At the end of the event, you know you had a good show because: a. Several people rummaged through the boxes you set out and bought a couple of items. b. You found a good home for the 8 kittens, and will drop them off next week. c. You have a lot of empty spaces on your display and will have to work fill the special orders you took during the show, including pieces with a cat motif. d. Your cash jar made a great trash can so you had very little trash to clean-up at the end of the show. SORRY, NO ANSWER KEY WILL BE POSTED.
  3. I found this blog that might interest anyone considering or doing Craft Shows. http://bit.ly/1HtnQb3
  4. Hi all, So with a few shows behind me I'm looking for packing advice. Do you pack by product? Ie: all mugs together, all bowls together, etc... or for those who have more than one color scheme, all blues together, all white, all green, etc.... I do all functional ware. Planning to narrow down to three color schemes. I packed by color. Then when I sold a green mug, I had to dig through the green boxes to find another. Thinking there must be an easier way. I have a new glaze. Almost every person who came in my booth picked it up and commented on how beautiful it was. They would hold it and fondle it. Only one mug sold. It was only $16. I plan to make more of this glaze. But wondering if it is going to sell.
  5. We have had two soggy, rainy weekends here and many potters have seen their income hopes disappear. I just saw a post from a potter friend lamenting a totally rained out, low sales show and could not help but think of all the potters here who do the grand haul of work to and from shows. We are kind of like farmers, counting on the weather. Too hot, too cold, too wet ... people stay home from even the best run shows. Coping with this is truly what separates the doers from the wannabes. How do you pull yourself up and get back in the groove after a disaster show?
  6. Okay. So, I am struggling with a decision here, and I really hope you guys can help a guinea out. My dear friend David and I were doing a little gallery trawl in downtown Coeur D'Alene, Idaho yesterday. My precious bunny girl, Malutka, was having her teeth checked for molar spurs at the vet, and since she would be there all day, we figured we could kill some time by looking for inspiration from other artists (he is an excellent linocut print artist). So, we came to a gallery there that I've known about for ages called The Art Spirit. We are both diehard fans of Beth Cavener Stichter (she is a freaking GODDESS), and she has her work in that gallery a lot. But...I saw there were other really wonderful ceramic artists there, too, and...NONE of them work in lowfire. My gears began turning in my head... I talked to the lady working there about possibly submitting my work for consideration. I was so shy and nervous, being surrounded by such magnificent artworks, but I showed her my rabbit bowl with the roses (on my phone) and she gasped. Ummm... yeah. I was really shocked by that reaction and she insisted on me contacting the curator immediately. I am really intimidated by this. There were coffee mugs and wierd yunomi tornado things in there selling for $90. I sell my mugs of that size for like $35...and mine were every bit as good as those others. The onlydifference is that mine are in redart. I also know my sculptural work is really good (I get people screaming at me to sculpt more CONSTANTLY), and I want to find my talavera voice. I feel this is a really good opportunity. Thing is... I can't have my Etsy store anymore. That curator wants to focus on art with a capital "A," so to speak, and Etsy is too much of a "crafty" kinda thing. I haven't had my store up for a while, and have been meaning to get a website going...but... I'm really nervous about getting accepted. Will that mean I'm not allowed to go to art shows anymore? I understand that maybe I have graduated beyond Etsy, but...I'm super scared to raise my prices. This is really tormenting me and...aw, geez...dangit, imma cry. I guess a part of me feels I don't deserve to be paid so much... This is an example of a stoneware piece I made in college. Everyone just went batty over it...it's about 13" tall and weighs as much as a boat anchor. I don't really make a lot of super creepy pieces like this anymore, but I still enjoy this guy a lot. What should I do..? Should I take that next step..? Arrgh... *pulls hair out*
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