This is a story about why I don’t do shows. It’s a true story.
I love making pots…I mean, really love. So much so that when I started making pots I overwhelmed my family and friends, which left me no other option than to see if others would like them.
I had the good fortune to marry a guy with a large barn and outbuildings. Kings Creek Pottery was born so I could justify making as many pots as I wanted!
My shop is an old milk house (about the size of a two seater outhouse) on our property and perfect for my needs.
When I started out I needed to get the word out that pottery was available for purchase and that meant doing shows.
Starting with small, inexpensive local craft shows, I was able to get my “name” out there in my community. But how to cast a wider net? The big shows are wildly expensive and 1) I did not have the money and 2) did not have the inventory so, easy decision to cross them off my list.
Then there are the mid-range shows. I looked in a 60 mile radius, basically. These shows cost in the $100 – $200 range. After trying a few of those I quickly lost my enthusiasm… having a booth next to a kettle corn booth was one of the worst experiences, but mostly it’s the standing around hoping for a sale that wears me out. My mind keeps wandering to: I could be in my studio working right now.
There have been shows where the booth next to me, selling little tchotchkes, was kicking ass while my booth, with awesome stoneware pottery was crickets. And there was the show that had a great venue but was so poorly marketed, no one showed up! I literally packed up and left – I know, but seriously?? [click to continue…]