Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rethinking the economy

After returning from the NC Potters Conference, I have done some rethinking about work, classes, going greener in the studio, etc. All of these relate to the economic situation, mine particularly. I spent some hours putting together my "marketing" plan for the year. That mostly means how and when I will contact my pottery public, whether it is retail or wholesale. I made a decision to only work out of the gallery this spring and summer, except for the committments I had already accepted. This will allow me to make more work for the wholesale side that I started in July of last year and also to set up a retail online store for some of the non-wholesale work that I produce. I do feel like I am juggling all aspects of the pottery world like no other time since I started selling work in 1997.

On the work side, I have been doing some wholesale orders and getting the studio back in shape. Much disarray in the gallery side led to hours of moving pots and cleaning/dusting. It's almost back there! Stop in and visit if you are in the area.


Jen Mecca said...

I've always thought your gallery looks super clean! Good luck with the year and sales..hope you enjoyed the conferance. I heard it was a good one. Jen

Patricia Griffin Ceramics said...

Hi Vicki- Wow, you have a lot of irons in the fire. I need to follow your lead and create a marketing plan for myself. I'm guilty of carrying it around in my head, which means that it's always changing and refocusing. Not a good idea!

Vicki Gill, potter said...

I did enjoy the conference, Jen. Got a video of Phil Rogers and have enjoyed watching it while home. Has some very interesting commentary by Mr. Pucker, of the Pucker Gallery in Boston.

Patricia, I have to put it on paper or it makes me crazy trying to remember what I meant to do. Just my own self-preservation, I suppose.