Monday, August 15, 2011
This has been the summer of weddings. Kids growing up, falling in love and tying the knot in the warm beautiful summertime.
We are off this afternoon to journey to Maine for the wedding of my godson.
I am dreaming of eating lobsters and wandering on the beach.
I wanted to make a special gift for the new couple.
So I came up with these funny "His and Hers"cups.
Thankfully this fun loving couple has a great senses of humor.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
This has been the summer of cups. I have made and sold dozens both at the ACGA show, my Etsy shop and through wholesale orders. Quite a few of them went to this great new store that should be opening in San Francisco any day now. My patterns are now perfected and I am actually feeling a great sense of pride in being able to produce multiples. For me, a reluctant and very slow production potter, this has been quite an accomplishment.
The wholesale orders are a bit painful. Getting paid half the retail value for these labors of love is just a KILLER. The old manufacturer/capitalist mentality in me raises to the surface and I have a hard time saying NO. Getting paid before delivery does, most definitely, help. Putting work in a gallery, waiting for it to sell, getting paid half when it does and taking back the pieces that don't sell after they have sat dormant for a sad, long time can be even more painful. It can feel kind of like renting expensive storage space. However there is something so ego boosting about seeing my work in a beautiful gallery perfectly displayed and precious.
I don't have the answers about what's the right direction in this "career" of mine. Anybody out there have any insight you might want to share?
I just know that I should be turning off this computer and wandering down to the studio to put on a few more handles.