Friday, January 26, 2007

The Eternal Optimist - Pots Part 4

After the disastrous first show knowing there where two more booked before Christmas that year I knew I needed some help. I enlisted a woman whom I had met at my first course and who lived in the neighbourhood to take part in the next two sales.

Joan liked working by hand doing slab type ceramics whereas I was totally hooked on the wheel. That would of course change later on where I became proficient in both. Between the two of us we managed to put together a nice selection of pottery.

We started a company and called ourselves On A Whim Artisans, got a Visa machine and away we went. We enlisted my sweetie to build us shelving which would be portable, easy to assemble and look decent. Of course none of this stuff fit into my nice real estate car which was an Audi at that time. Lucky for me one of my pals had a van and we switched vehicles for the weekends we needed to go out of town.

The other major lesson I learned for the first sale is this; there is a difference between craft sales and it's major. There are juried sales and then there are sales where just about anything goes and from then on we applied only to juried sales.
Setting up the Booth

The result of all this work was an invite to the second largest craft show in downtown Toronto, the Signatures Show and Sale, second only to The One of a Kind Craft Show. That's me, the hippy setting up the booth.

Signatures Craft Sale 98

The finished booth, and below some of the pots and of course the chrocheting!
Green Speckle Ware

My Stars

Did I finish that tablecloth? Stay tuned...



Blogger randi K design said...

This is an interesting story! I have done somr ceramic cly work, taken some classe, - it's fun.
My mother -in-law, was a great clay artist, but she doesn't do it anymore.. Quite a struggle and a lot of work with those shows. I did one this Christmas, and made about nothing!

January 26, 2007 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger randi K design said...

you are a genious wit the links! they all work now thanks to you!!!

January 26, 2007 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger randi K design said...

So did you finish your table cloth?

January 26, 2007 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger Rositta said...

Trial and error with the links, also had some help from the grandson. The tablecloth, he he he, you'll have to wait two more posts to find out. I promise, only two more stories to go...ciao

January 26, 2007 at 10:57 PM  

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