In regard to juried exhibits. There are really two
kinds and I wasn’t sure which you are refering to.
Gallery shows & outdoor art shows/festivals. I have
done both, the outdoor variety much more extensively. I
have never had the problem you mentioned of being so
mobbed with orders that I couldn’t keep up,
sigh…what a problem. O.K. a few times I have ended
up at my next show looking a little skimpy or hauling
out some icky old stuff that I didn’t think would sell.
I know folks who have sold out, it doesn’t seem to have
had any ill effects on them in the long run…grin.
I don’t do shows that aren’t juried in general…you
can be next to almost anything if you aren’t careful. I
am not saying this because I think I am too good to be
next to the woven sweatsock rug lady, I am saying it
because my prices look ridiculous next to someone who
is importing and/or mass producing work and selling it
I also have to point out that selling at events like
this is a cumulative effort. My friends in wholsesale
say the same thing. The first year they are
interested, the second year you seem more
legitimate…with any luck by the third year they spend
their time hoping you will still have the same cool
piece they liked or something similar and are waiting
for you to come back.
As someone else stated, the good shows can be VERY
difficult to get into depending on your media, jewelry
is the most competitive. As a jeweler I had precious
little chance of getting into many "prestigious"
shows…as an enamelist I am in shows this year on my
first try that I have never been accepted to before,
and I had mediocre slides to boot. I know a furniture
maker who is a great guy, but his furniture isn’t drop
dead, top of the line yet, given some time it may well
be…but he is getting into some amazing shows, not as
much competition in the furniture area as other areas.
Oops, I am rambling, your question was about being
afraid of getting too much work to handle on your own.
I say getting to that point will probably alot of work,
and if you do get there you will be so thrilled with
having made it that your joy will far outweigh the
stress it will cause. Another humble opinion added to
Karen… in Northern Illinois where I am going in my
6th or 7th show and it has called for rain during every
weekend so far. La Nina indeed.