Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Anyway, every year when I start getting ready for shows, I have that voice in my head saying, not everyone can afford expensive work, but they deserve to be able to buy something nice as well and I should make some $5 items. After several years of the nickel and dime crowd I have decided that there is plenty of cheap shitty pottery they can go buy for $5 and I'm not catering to them anymore. You get what you pay for, after all.
Last year, I made some tiny houses that I sold for $24 and they were gone quick as a blink. I thought maybe I would make some more of those today, so I began. After throwing three of them away and cursing a bit, I finally got one that I liked. These little ones take as much effort as the big ones, not quite as much time, but still, the effort for a $24 little house is so not worth it. I think they were going in the trash bucket because the whole time I was making them I was resenting how much time I was putting in to get paid so little for them. But no way would anybody give me what I should get for the time involved.
I can make 3 barns in an eight hour day that I sell for $325. That's $975.
Of course they don't fly off the shelves as quick as the $24 ones, but I'm also not fiddling with a tiny little house that is pissing me off while I'm making it.
So, do I want to make three really cool barns that not everyone can afford, or do I want to make 40 little houses that everyone can afford..... I don't mean this in a snob kind of way, because my budget leans towards the $5 crowd, but I'm trying to realistically think through what will keep me sane. Making 16 little houses a day to sell for $24 is not rocking my world right now, so I might just move on and settle for making work that costs more, does not sell as quickly, but brings me way more enjoyment and peace of mind. When I go shopping at a pottery, I am not looking for a $5 item, I have saved my money so I can buy a nice piece, so that's what folks should do if they come here this year.....artists deserve to get paid a fair price for their well crafted, made with so much love work!