Re: craft relief, timing, etc.

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Posted by annie on October 22, 2001 at 18:50:30:

In Reply to: Re: craft relief, timing, etc. posted by Luann Udell on October 15, 2001 at 16:43:54:

Hi, I don't know how I missed your post, I guess I wasn't scrolling down far enough, but thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful and careful reply.

I do agree with your perspective. I am working with a crafts business advisor. And as an aside, anyone in a crafts "crisis" good or bad, should look into some coaching. Before getting a bit of coaching, I solved all my business problems by throwing more product at the market. It was industrious but a bit low on strategy. :)

I am getting some feedback of the type you mentioned, my buyers want my old stuff. Like your friend, I notice that my current galleries are not interested in taking on a new completely different line. I would have to build a new client base for that. Taking this into account, my advisor thought it best to continue with the momentum I have going with jewelry, and to ease into art lamps much more slowly than we thought we would.

Luann, I think we show in the same places, as I make "Spirit Pins". Anyway, I have admired your work for a long time. But, I digress.

For now, I'm persuing jewelry, and concentrating on new work that really interests me..the art lamps can be developed along the way, and they won't have to pay off right now, I can just enjoy the fun of making them. Not a bad life.

What I am learning about craft business I am applying to jewelry, and then later to lamps, but it's most satisfying to feel like I am getting some things right after such a long time. I am hoping that I can keep the jewelry on-line in the coming years by focusing on my best work, and a few good accounts.

Again, congrats on your studio sucess.


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