What happened at Penrith, did I make my fortune? How did I do at Chapel Allerton Festival Leeds and my trip down to London SoLo Craft Fair, was it worth the hassle?
An addition: The photo above is me subjecting myself to a blind folded throwing contest facilitated by Tom Jackson at Potclays in Stoke-on -Trent. Potclays were celebrating their 85th anniversary. Last time I did that I was forced into it by the Great Pottery Throw Down Judges and Directors. This time I forced myself. Like self flagellation! Made the tallest though……
Potfest in the Pens, Penrith: That was the first time I had participated in a 3 day ceramic festival or selling event. It was hard work setting up especially on my back. Even so the best part of selling for me is preparing my stall. Planning the layout and making the stall look the best it can be. It is like interior designing, or working a shop window. I really enjoyed transforming a farm animal pen into a shop, essentially. It was also intriguing to watch the whole place transform from a wet and a bit smelly into a potters market.
I made a significant loss on this weekend which left me licking my wounds for a few weeks. On the up side, I sold work, I met lots of new potters. I think my work is salable and well made. Some potters sold much less than I did and some potters sold so much more. Not sure I will do it again. Need to decide soon as the applications for Potfest in the Pens 2018 are due in a few weeks.
Chapel Allerton Festival, Leeds: This was a wonderfully sunny day and I made up for my losses at Penrith. Restored my faith in my work and the buying public. Made almost as much as I did in Penrith in a few hours at the festival. Packed up my stuff feeling very happy and confident at the end of the day.
SoLo Craft Fair, London: I have to say that this was disappointing but it was a risk I was willing to take. In terms of finances I just about broke even after fuel and stall costs. Mistake I made was to bring too much stuff. Only needed one crate of work and I brought 3. I suppose if more people had come and bought stuff the 3 crates of work would have been sufficient. It was a poor turn out and I wasn’t the only one that struggled. I wont be doing that one again. I think it is a space for twee makers not to insult those that do pretty, hearts, flowers and birds stuff. My work is maybe too contemporary and serious. Will not be put off and will look for another London outlet.
The next thing:
Planning a SAZi open studio before the end of the year so keep a watch out for dates.
Also coming up is Adam Partridge Auction . We, those from the Throw Down series one and two, and others were asked to donate pieces of work for auction. The funds raised will go to support Clay College. Just hope that my work will sell at a respectable amount and I wont have to leave the auction room with a bag over my head. Assuming I will be able to go.
I am running some pottery workshops through out October. Places still available have a full class this week and next. Will be working with/teaching a world famous person at the end of the month. Will share when the time is right.
A less sweary blog this time.