Thursday, July 15, 2010
Art Fair Booths
Having a more professional looking booth to sell my pottery is one of my goals. In previous years I used my work tables covered with table cloths. After visiting art fairs over the last several months I decided I wanted to improve the look of my booth. I plan on setting up my tent in the back yard and making up a mock display in the next couple of weeks. Many art fairs request a photo and that way I'll have one to send to them.
I reflected back to an art show I did in California where many folks seemed to walk right by my booth. As I watched the people walking by I saw their eyes weren't even glancing towards my booth. A light went on and I thought to myself, they don't notice my work because it's below their eye level as they walk by; I need something taller. So with that in mind, I decided to research some taller shelves. My friend Hil-Dee ordered these folding and stackable shelves from this company. The beauty of this type of book case is that it folds up for storage and is stackable for extra height.
Ideally I'd like to have work I can keep packed so I don't have to unpack it each time. I have plastic bins which stack that I pack my work in right now. These work well as they are light weight and they can be stacked. I need to label them though.
I also want a professional sign or banner for my pottery. Previously I had a sign but it was printed and placed in a placard display on my table. I'd like a banner type sign that I can place at the top of my booth on the outside. It will have to be sturdy and able to withstand the elements of sun, wind, and rain. Look at this nice pottery sign for Whynot Pottery I saw in a photo I found on google images. Isn't Meredith cute and look at how professional her booth looks. Here's a post about the wonderful banner's that Tracey Broome made for her pottery booth. Potter's are so creative. Here's a post Jen Mecca did with shots of pottery booths at Larkspur.
I've noticed lots of folks use pedestals in their booths. I remember reading about some pedestals on Michael Kline's blog that he has used for years. The photo above is from the place he ordered the pedestals.
Of course in this day and age budget is a big consideration but these are some of the ideas I'm thinking about. I figure over time I can slowly improve the look of my booth. Just visiting art fairs and looking at google images has given me a lot of ideas. If you have any tips for creating a professional looking pottery booth, please let me know. Oh, I promised my cat, Binky, I'd put his photo in the blog since Betty and Butter were in the last post. Comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome.