Here are a few pics from the event:
Each piece is made using wine bottle glass. I break the wine bottle then heat the pieces to 1400 degrees. It takes about 12 hours for the heating and cooling. Once they are done cooking...there are no sharp edges on the pieces. Making them perfect for wearable art. Each piece is unique. I never know what shapes I will have once I hit the bottle with the hammer.
I have a artist friend that paints on glass! I wanted to buy a special wine glass for my friend - I bought the Friendship Tree Wine Glass!
Perfect for fun evenings drinking our favorite wine!
Check out her Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/That-Woman-That-Paints/117458008374229
A few weeks ago I posted a list of Do's & Don'ts for artist that are thinking about starting to sell their art at fairs..
At each fair this holiday season I am sure I will remember a important tip! Well sure enough I have...here are this weeks tips added to the list.
- Move your car to an area where customers do not park. If people can not park - they will not attend the event.
- Talk to your fellow vendors...ask questions about other fairs..get their opinion on what works and what does not. Many vendors love to share info...some do not.
- If the fair was a good fair - let the organizer know. They have worked very hard and a positive comment can make their day. I also ask if I can please have the same spot next year. I have never had a organizer tell me no :)
- Respect your neighbor - stay in your area and never have your items in fridge in their space.
- As for how much items to bring to sell....I have learned over the years...you can NEVER be totally prepared for all customers....so please do not try. After many years...I bring what I can and always explain to the customers where I will be next. If the customer really wants a item..the customer will be willing to go out of their way for the item. When I have a customer like that...I always add something free to the order.
- Have money change - take CREDIT - I use SquareUp - A excellent charging system! I love it! No annual or monthly fees and only 2.75% charge per transaction. There are many companies that offer charging service. My favorite is SquareUp
- Outside fairs: Be prepared for any type of weather. WIND: needs weights to hold down your tent and also have a system to hold down your signs. Make sure your display is wind ready. Rain....have sides for your tent and be prepared to down size your selling space. In nice weather you can enjoy the whole area your are given, but in rain you need to be about a foot inside the tent.
- Be careful when accepting SPECIAL ORDERS.....as a artist your opinion and the person requesting the special order may not be the same. Be careful that you can meet their expectations and always ask for a $$$ down-payment. When a customer gives you a down payment you know they are serious about the order. Numerous times I have taken special orders with no down payment and they change their minds.
- Always bring your confirmation and fair information with you to the fair.
- BE prepared to rearrange your booth at every fair. No two fairs are the same. Being prepared will save you much grief and reduce your stress.
- Make sure your items are marked. People expect to check prices.
- Leave your car parked where you unload and load. It is so flustrating when you arrive early unpack -move your car so the next person can unload. Then that person refuses to move their car so the next person can unload. They leave their car in the closest spot the entire day. That person will then take their sweet time to pack up and not allow anyone else to be able to park close enough to make packing up easy. (This happened today YIPES!!! )
- Do not pack up early! Very disruptive to other vendors! Customers think the show is over when in fact it is NOT!
- DO NOT OVER EXTEND yourself. I have done this and so have many of my friends. Set a do-able schedule and stick to it. This is so important....I personally took almost 6 months off from doing fairs..because I was totally burnt out
- DO NOT judge yourself or your art by the customer you have at your booth. Art is the opinion of the person that designs it. You are a artist...stay true to yourself.
- Be on time for the fairs....never set-up late. This causes much drama for the artist that already are set up and were timely.
- Never promise a customer something you can not deliver.