It’s showtime in the pottery/craft-making world. That means the weekends are filled with sales opportunities at festivals, bazaars, open studios and local shopping districts. Makers, like me, rely on these events to showcase our artistic efforts, make sales and gain new customers. Because the fall and winter is filled with so many entertaining and gift-giving holidays, artists focus much of their effort into one meaningful season.
These days there are so many ‘shopportunities’ available it can be overwhelming both for makers and buyers. On-line purchases are easily clicked, so artist websites (ClayByLaura) have become one more way to support your favorite maker. But, if you have a chance to attend a local craft show or holiday sales event, it’s a great way to discover new creators, share in the festive atmosphere with other shoppers and make a purchase that greatly impacts the vendor.
Here are some gift ideas that I've created for this holiday season:
So there you have it. Hopefully I've given you some gifting ideas for the people on your holiday list. Let me know if there is something special I can make -- I get my best ideas from you! Remember to shop locally and support the efforts of the makers in your area.