Ok. May be not GREATEST...but I wanted to showcase my latest work. Honestly, I am super excited about the latest pottery I've made. I haven't posted much about it because I was in a hurry to get it all ready for an artist's market right before the Easter holiday. Then it was Easter. So yeah, I've been busy. And a little bit lazy because somewhere in there the "powers that be" decided it would be a good time to give me a dose of the flu/sinus issues that just won't leave me alone! I think I have chronic sinus issues. But whatever, that's not a conversation I want to have here. You probably don't want to read about it either. I wouldn't!
So back to my work. I actually feel like I am FINALLY in a place where I can say "ok, this is the right direction. These are the pieces I want to make. These are the glazes I want to use." And I am excited about that. I was honestly feeling alot of anxiety as I was glazing and firing these pieces because I just wasn't sure how they were going to turn out. Turns out, they turned out well <insert happy dance here>!
Then came the artist's market. I had high hopes for this particular market. It had a great turnout and there were some really awesome vendors with unique, well made items. Unfortunately I didn't sell as much as I had hoped. BUT the good news is that from talking to some of the other vendors, that seemed par for the course. Plus I did get quite a few compliments. And I DID sell some of my pottery so it wasn't a loss.
After this market (ok, maybe DURING the market!) I thought about and decided on a few things. First, I realized I really don't like making mugs. This is tough for me to admit because I know people love to buy them. For me, they feel like an obligation. And I hate that. I don't want to make something because I feel obligated. I feel like that feeling will transfer into that piece of pottery and it'll become a source of negativity for whoever buys it. Crazy? Maybe...but I never claimed to be sane, so.
Second, I realized my work sells the best around the Christmas holiday. I decided that I am going to try to sell at a few events during the year but hold off mostly until the last two or three months of the year around the holidays. I think if I test this theory this year and maybe into next year, I'll have a better idea how my work is received. We'll see...I need to see how the next couple of months go.
And finally I decided to list my pottery on my Etsy site. So you can buy it now. Go ahead. I know you want to. (Wink wink!) I have been putting this off but decided that if I'm going to sell at only a handful of markets per year, it'd be a good idea to list my pottery. Again, we'll see how the next few months go and see how my sales go.
Here's a little smidgen of my favorite pieces from the latest batch of pottery...
I have just a couple more ideas that I want to try but I am loving the direction my pottery has taken. I've decided on a select few glazes, added a new clay to the mix, along with other materials.
So there you have it. What do you think?