Show and tell

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The farmers’ market and my empty cattle pen

I got back from Penrith late on Sunday night after an amazing experience. It was a weekend filled with firsts… most notably my first show and my first sales.

On Thursday afternoon, after weeks of making and days of organising, I loaded the campervan full of my things and set off. I was excited at the prospect but horribly nervous too. After a five-hour drive I arrived at Skirsgill farmers’ market, registered and was given my pen number. I walked into the hall and, after being greeted by the lingering smell of cow, discovered my space – which was much larger than I had expected.

I spent the next three hours setting up and meeting my neighbours. I had been told that Potfest was a great event on many levels; the first of which being that you meet so many like-minded individuals. I was struck by how generous people were – lending me things I had forgotten; giving helpful advice; offering to mind things if I needed a break and so on. By ten o’clock my stand was pretty much complete and I headed off for a well earned night’s rest.

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The next three days were a wonderful mix of hard work, happiness at making sales, delight in meeting and talking to customers, and enjoyment in discussing a shared passion with other potters.

As I drove home again on Sunday evening I had time to reflect on the previous three days. I came away feeling elated at having made my first sales and I think I did alright in comparison to most others. It was fascinating to see the range of work on sale which comes with an unselected, clay-only event and it was interesting to think about where my work fitted in amongst the rest. I received some kind and supportive comments both about my work and the way I had displayed it. I’m now sure that I’ll will do more shows, but try to space them evenly throughout the year.

So now, after a couple of days rest, it’s nose back to the grindstone in preparation for North East Open Studios (NEOS) in just over a month’s time.

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In with the new

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Happy New Year! I really hope 2014 proves to a great year for everyone.

I’m looking forward to all that this year will bring and as always I’ve got a long list of things that need doing such as:
Developing my collection
Creating a logo
Designing some business cards
Doing my tax return

But the main thing on my mind now is trying to sell some work. I’ve been thinking of starting an online shop. Does anyone have any good pointers about this… Ebay, Etsy, Big Cartel, Facebook, Shopify or my own website? I’d really welcome any advice you have to share as to be honest I’m finding it a bit of a minefield. Thank you.