gary navarre on thu 20 aug 09
Hay there Dawn,
You might try going over to that towns' community college clay department =
and ask them if anybody there enters. University students tend toward the e=
litist high end gallery venues so I wouldn't ask them. I haven't done shows=
for a long time, never thought I would for a while, but when I saw it was =
a possibility up here I went to any show within driving distance to get a v=
iew and talk to the potters even before starting to build the kiln. I can't=
sell what I don't have so after building an inventory I will enter these s=
hows because they looked "real". If you don't want to gamble on this show y=
et make sure you do a dry run and see it in action as a visitor. I even too=
k my video camera and interviewed some potters and others in Iron Mountain =
for my YouTube site... just too busy to post... but just be friendly and op=
en and you will get all kinds of information from the people on display. Sc=
ope out the people at artist registration to see their character, do
they seem honest or is it another con job to make $300 a pop per artist?
I did a show in lower Michigan sight unseen for some Bi neigh B organizati=
on and after setting up they complained my (wood-fired) prices were too hig=
h so I drove back from Kalamazoo to lower them. When the show was over I so=
ld nothing and realized it was more of a fund raising indoor farmers market=
garage sale. I'm sure it was a worthy cause but their venue was not what m=
y pots needed. Now-a-days the pieces would be more suited for the pretentio=
us high end gallery venue because wood fired is so cool now. Still I would =
try to attend another artists opening just to see if it was up to my standa=
Good sales and stay in there eh!
Norway, Michigan, USA
--- On Thu, 8/20/09, Dawn Kleinman wrote:
> From: Dawn Kleinman
> Subject: Re: [Clayart] anybody ever do this show?
> To: Clayart@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG
> Date: Thursday, August 20, 2009, 1:13 PM
> Thanks for your imput. I had thought
> of contacting the past artists who have
> participated but I honestly didnt recognize any names. I
> figured if I came
> here 1st, maybe some of them would be lurkers and it would
> be like we were
> already friends.
> Funny, some of them dont even have a website. I had tried
> to google a few to
> see their work and see what I was up against. I thought
> websites (even my
> free one) were pretty standard.
> And BIll, thanks. I like affluent snow birds.