Sunday, July 24, 2011
Buzzalogical question and answer
I’ve always wanted to do this and frankly tonight just felt right, so here we go. I am going to answer a question I get asked/emailed on a regular basis.
Where can I buy your ceramics?
Ahhh well, do you live in Portland? Hahaha, ahhhhhhhh….. Well that sort of is the case, I only sell at local shows and markets or at least that was the case up until now. But before I go there allow me to digress and explain why I am not an online seller.
Once many years ago, I had some of my ceramics for sale online and after many months only one cup sold, and to a dear friend who wanted to support my ceramical carrier. However when only your friends and family buy your art it’s not the same feeling of success. You know what I mean so I’m not even going to explain.
So no other work sold after that and soon after all my etsy listings expired. I know there where probably ways to increase my online sales but posting was a bit of a hassle to begin with and I don’t like pottery sitting around in boxes. These pots need to be in homes, in hands, with a piece of toast or a coffee beverage.
I then decided to sell exclusively at local venues until I got enough outside interest to reopen my online shop. But now, as it happens I have been getting a few shout outs and it seems that day has finally come around. BUT Oh NO! I’m going to grad school and won’t have the time! Hang on, don’t despair, college grads are just as hard up for cash as any undergrad. So thankfully for all of you, necessity will force me to keep panhandling my wares and start selling on etsy again.
Tid Bit: I also prefer selling my work in person because I like meeting and seeing the people who are buying my work. I love to hear about how they use my dishes each day, where they are from and share stories. But I most enjoy explaining to my customers that if they don’t use their newly purchased pots like the creator intended them for (eating and drinking), I WILL NO LONGER SELLITH MY GOODS TO THEE. Its true! I have threatened and scolded those who confess or have been outed by a friend of not using my pottery for food or drink but “decoration”. The thought of my work collecting dust on a windowsill just makes me shutter, so if you don’t use them for food consumption keep that under wraps.