Today’s musings reflect notions of economies, skill and marketing. General categories of ideas that I am perpetually pushing around in my brain.
Selling work at craft shows, art fairs, markets and through the studio is generally how we get what we make into the world. Selling and marketing artwork is a challenging process as art in general is so subjective. My art, the product of the studio, is functional and therefore an easy sell. I have chosen to market my work close to home both as a way to generate income and to contribute to the developing economic foundation of my community. I believe in the power of local economies and making things in a community in a responsible way. I have been involved in the Balle Network organization for many years, founding a Balle Network in Columbia County and attending several conferences. I have also been a charter member of Berkshares, a local currency that has had global attention because of its ties to the Schumacher Center for a New Economics as well as its longevity and history.
Ideas spur my work. The idea that art is more than making objects, is a practice of doing, of making and of participating in the world in my backyard is how I have chosen to express myself within my art, within my craft and my trade.
I will be part of the Art and Farm Tour September 26th and 27th at Spruceridge Farm in Old Chatham. Come see new porcelain giftware and dinnerware, enjoy the alpacas and take a glimpse at how a peaceful world might look. We are blessed in this place. Come visit!