Friday, May 1, 2009

It's a Wrap!

I'm delighted to report that the show went well! We had a good turnout -- and that was at 9 o'clock in the morning. I have my students and friends to thank, because many of them made a special effort to be there. A full gallery draws more people, while an empty gallery discourages. I still have about forty-five mugs (guessing), which will now make their way to various other outlets.

I learned a few things:

  1. Context matters. While I was pricing, $20 or $30 seemed like a crazy price for a mug. It would be, at KRA. In the formal, gallery setting, it seemed more than reasonable. I could get used to that!
  2. Context part 2: Several of the mugs were wonky: functional but functionally and aesthetically challenging. These I fully expected to still be in possession of at the end of this event. I was proud of myself for not being influenced by what would sell, and making pots true to the original spirit of the project. Surprise! The funky mugs are almost all gone. That would not have happened at a retail store, where people seem to prefer handmade things that almost look mass-produced. My theory is that folks are unconsciously choosing work that they are comfortable with; pieces that look like what they are accustomed to. It can be uncomfortable to have your aesthetic challenged with your morning coffee. It takes a certain kind of person to welcome that. Those people are in greater proportion, apparently, in a gallery than a store. 

I haven't really got time to rest and reflect, as I am rolling right into spring and the stores need inventory. I was up late glazing to load today & fire tomorrow. As a result I missed another event I meant to enjoy: The  Portland Pottery Teapot show! I hope it went well. I did have a teapot in the show, although it was NFS due to leaking. .jpg">


Jerry said...

Congrats on a great show! It must feel so good to have it turn out so successfully.

You mentioned that most of the funky mugs sold, but if the top righthand mug in the last picture (green dip with handle attached at top only) is still available, please let me know!!

Linda Starr said...

How beautiful your mugs look displayed there, congratulations ona successful show. Did my purple pokka dot mug sell? I still can't help myself from thinking about it; I'd love to purchase it it it is still available.

Lori Watts said...

Hi Linda & Jerry --
Thanks so much! I'm glad it went well and I am also glad it is over.
I still have both of the mugs you respectively asked about, luckily. You can see (and purchase, if you are so inclined) them at:

or click the shopping link at the top of the page. Thanks again for your kind words.

Kathleen Krucoff said...


The displays look awesome. Happy things went so well.

Anonymous said...

congrats... i agree context matters.

Barbara said...

55 mugs in one morning is wild. The show looks great. Hooray for the gallery context.