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  1. 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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