making

Showing, Selling and Marketing

Today’s musings reflect notions of economies, skill and marketing. General categories of ideas that I am perpetually pushing around in my brain.

Booth shot, 2014

Booth shot, 2014

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!

Beautiful alpacas at Spruceridge Farm

Beautiful alpacas at Spruceridge Farm

Musings on Production

Preparing bisque-ware to be glazed. Sage, Jessica and Ben.

Preparing bisque-ware to be glazed. Sage, Jessica and Ben.

We make things. That is our art, that is our business. By “our” I refer to myself and to the people that work at davistudio. By things I refer the items you see for sale on this website, at the studio, in stores listed on this website and at the craft shows, art fairs and markets we participate in. Everything that comes out of the studio, start to finish, is made here. For some this might seem obvious. I would suggest that for those to whom this is not news are a) people who know the studio, who have been here and have seen how it operates – OR – b) other makers/producers or aficiandos. Making/producing is a highly charged and complex activity. It wasn’t always so. For this bit of writing, suffice it to say that wealthy nations, such as the USA, have, for better or for worse, let go of much of our productive capacity. I argue that a shift is taking place, however.

The rise of the maker community, the rising awareness, acceptance even, of artists, designers, artisans and that nebulous being, the ‘creative’ are encouraging the noble act of making again.

Davistudio has been committed to making since its inception some 20 years ago. Pressure was applied by those who would like to see our products more cheaply made, or existing factories that would like our business itself. Somehow or another, I intuited the need to hold on for dear life the noble act of making, to maintain control of my productive capacity and by extension, every detail of the design and execution process. This control grants us control over options in regards to environmental protection as well as contributing to the economic integrity of our community. These small acts of agency allow us to live with greater freedom and to know that simply making is anything but simple. It is in fact, a revolutionary act. 

 

ps- 14 years ago today I was deeply impacted, as was everyone else alive on the planet, to an even further commitment to making. Keeping it local seems a better way to govern ourselves, to keep ourselves solid in community and to respect other's capacity to survive without our intervention. Never forget is a cry to tread lightly, to be an example and to be responsible.