Monday, January 6, 2014
Usually I take December away from creating new pieces and concentrate on shipping packages from my online sales. As far as sales go, I made the same amount this December but with less items sold. I suppose this is a good thing since there was a higher profit margin. There were a few items that I definitely needed to have more on hand. I should really learn to like making mugs because I noticed that most potters sell a ton of them. Maybe this year??
Today I received the Christmas gift to myself. These stamps came from a wood stamp maker in Canada, Charan Creations. They seem very sturdy so I am pleased with the quality. I can't wait to start using them. Hopefully the weather will get better soon. Since I have no shows until May and plenty of stock for my online shop there is no reason to hurry into a cold studio.
One project that I plan on working on is making pieces for my kitchen. We plan on remodeling and I will be making canisters, utensil holder, tea caddy, plates, bowls and mugs in the new color. This will only take a few weeks, then I will get started making new pieces for my inventory.
I have also applied for a few new shows this year and hope that I can get into a few and they are successful. My new plan is to drop shows that encourage crafty or cheap. My new work doesn't sell well at those shows. I also need to work on my portfolio and approach some new galleries. I have recently pulled out of one gift shop and will drop another as soon as I find the time to go get my pieces. I believe that my new work would do better in higher end galleries or gift shops where art is appreciated.