A case in point on the fickle nature of shows.
I am showing enameled wall pieces for the first time this year at
shows. A few weeks ago I did a fairly well known show in my area
that I did well at last year, it was 96 degrees…I made 2 sales,
not big ones either and although nobody went home rich I watched
the Raku guy and others nearby sell decently so I couldn’t even
blame the heat. I was really questioning my choice to get out of
jewelry at shows.
This last weekend I did another show nearby…Oakbrook Invitational
for those curious…sold several big pieces plus enough others to
make a decent chunk of change, won an award that came with a chunk
of cash as well, while other artists were complaining about sales.
One of the jurors stopped by to tell me how wonderful and exciting
he thought my work was.
I guess my point is…there are alot of factors out there we
can’t always anticipate or understand and if you feel you are
heading in the right direction don’t let one (or six for that
matter) bad show turn you off to the whole thing. I am an artist
because I can’t imagine anything else I would rather be
doing…enduring the bad times are more than worth the end rewards
if you can spend your life creating things you love.