My kiln has been firing her little heart out and opening the door this morning was a happy, happy moment. Inside a conglomeration of different projects - pieces for wholesale orders, a commission for a friend, works of collaboration, coloured clay tests and new work especially for market - all merrily baked and awaiting a gentle sanding. A perfect firing. Bliss.
Southern Ice beaker
This Saturday I will be at the Brunswick Town Hall for my first Sisters' Market. I have visited before but never participated. I am looking forward to being surrounded by crafty types and hopefully getting some immediate feedback on new work.
The challenge with markets is creating the right product at the right price for everyone concerned!
It is understandable that market goers may expect to find something special at a price slightly lower than what would be expected in a retail store. Buying directly from the craftsperson means store overheads and other retail considerations are avoided. However, there is also the concern that markets can undermine the value of the craft object if work is sold too cheaply. The standard of handmade objects at Melbourne's many artisan markets is usually high and deserving of a respectable price tag.
My approach is to create a different body of work for each purpose. I have my retail 'range', work for exhibitions and now I am creating 'market wares'. We'll see how that goes!
What I am discovering is that the work I am making specifically for markets is leading me back to functional basics. Ornamental and conceptual concerns are somewhat diminished and I seem to want to make simple, practical forms for domestic use.
This is where it all began for me and I must admit I am relishing revisiting this creative space - with greater knowledge, developed skills and a few more years under my belt!
Saturday 6 Aug 10am - 4pm
Brunswick Town Hall
233 Sydney Rd, Brunswick