Tuesday, December 8, 2009

going up and coming down..


scratch away...here i am at at turning point in my life. i just finished doing a show with stacey simmions, and it was a success in terms of the people that cam out, and the response. it was stacey's first show in town, and people responded well, buying a good bit. i have mixed feelings about the show. i did not sell much, but got alot of compliments...personally i was very happy with the direction my work went, i explored a new clay body, and and used hand-building as the main tool in creating the pieces. i have a whole new skill set, and the last couple of pieces felt like the beginning of something much bigger. on another note, i felt depressed about the sales, i had but alot of energy into the show, and was depending on making money to pay the bills. really i just broke even, although i am reminded by others, that i have inventory now, and the show was only one night...still i made 20 t-shirts and only sold a couple...something about making art for aliving is hyper-emotional for me. i get very involved in my work, and when the sales are not what i expected, i get down...whatever. maybe it is good to have some bombs every now and then, keep my fragile over-inflated ego in check!...
i am now in a fresh space, i feel re-energized about the next direction i am going, and the big lesson for me was 1.don't put all your eggs in one show basket, i had been neglecting my galleries, and etsy. not smart. the more streams the better. 2. expectations on a one night show, should be kept low. 3. people will drink ALL the alcohol you buy 4.t-shirts for a show are a big risk. 5 i love taking risks so, i will make show shirts again i am sure.6..thank god there is another day to make art for me.
so...my camera is broke right now, but i will be posting show/piece pics soon., i have some x-mas commissions that i will be working in stone ware, doing the sgraffito process. besides that i am going the sculptural route, i willl make large platters some wheel thrown, some hand built, busts, wall pieces, and what i am most excited about is a line of funky planters. i made one planter for the show, and it was a major break through for me, i have all kinds of visions for different ones. the concept of my work will focus mainly around texture and colors. i want to bring a painterly conversation into the work, mixed with a raw feel and look of the earthen ware. also on the home front, i watch the show hoarders on a and e. i have decided i am a class one hoarder, most of americans are class 2 i think. anyways, i will be putting most of my shit that i don;t use in boxes and bags. not label them. and in the spring if i cannot remember what is in them, i will have a big yard sale and let it all go. all i want in my house is art, plants and rocks. i have too many clothes, dishes, magazines, random shit i don't even know what it is for...my daughter emma is a class 3 hoarder, but that is normal for 3yrs old..still i am getting rid of all her toys mostly. she doesn't play with 90% of them. she like bugs, rocks, clay and paint. clutter breeds clutter. right. well i am outta here, got to clean up my studio, from the deadline glaze bomb that exploded. cheerios...

4 comments:

Matt Grimmitt said...

Awesome post Jeff, sorry the show was not great for but you do make fantastic looking work and I know words don't pay the bills but its true!

Dirt-Kicker Pottery said...

This holiday season my pottery sales have been very discouraging. The weather and the economy definitely are not helping.
I'm going to give Etsy a try. I must admit, I've very confused on how to succeed on Etsy.. Spending money to make money is getting so frustrating.

traceybroome@mindspring.com said...

Jeff: I had a horrible show last week also, people apparently allow themselves $10 to buy from each booth they visit at a show! Nothing over $10 sold and it was pouring rain and cold so hardly anyone got out. We just have to find the right customers. You make fantastic stuff, it's not you, no one has any money right now. I didn't get out on the Chatham County studio tour this year because I didn't have the money, I'm sure others are in the same place. You have brilliant ideas so just find the right places to show!! ps: I need to de clutter as well :)

www.jeffmartinceramics.blogspot.com said...

thanks, i always hear what i need from other artists..thank god for that or i would be in trouble just listening to myself..yes, tracey, i feel "stuck" in my town artisticly, i need to branch out into the urban areas more. end of story.