Monday, December 5, 2011
Artisan and Farmer's Market
The Inverness Artisan and Farmer's market is from 8 am to noon so I only set up a quick display. It's open air so no one puts sides on booths which invites more visitors. Even so it takes one hour to set this up or take down, mostly due to pottery which has to be wrapped well to avoid breakage. I took these photos before I was completely set up. I switched to lighter color table cloths and a more minimalist look to the booth. Wish I had a carpet for the ground; I'll have to watch the ads for one.
With the open sides to the booth the pottery glazes really show to their best advantage. So many folks complimented my pottery and I was surprised at how many folks loved my group of wall tiles. Every age group seemed intrigued by them. Especially the young adult crowd. I like the rotating display for booth sales; I plan to cover the pegboard with some grass cloth and just have the hook poked through, which wouldn't show once the piece is hung. The unmatched chairs distract, especially the lime green one, will think about that. I have to take small breaks in a chair so I have to have one. I notice some art booths utilize a director height chair which would make the artist appear more accessible to the public.
I had a young male tattoo artist who spent over an hour looking at each one of my wall tiles and discussing them with me. He had so many ideas about art. A ninety year old man said he was so happy to see hand made work. He's been a cattle farmer in Florida all his life and plaits Florida cow whips by hand to this day. Another man told me about a location to dig Florida clay from the river bank where the Native Americans used to get their clay for pots. It was so energizing talking to the public about my art - very rewarding and stimulating. My head is ready to burst with new ideas.
There were a few requests for custom work, I don't want to get into those. And then there were suggestions of what to make, winter scenes and a santa claus. One woman said she visited Seagrove and couldn't find a shot glass after visiting five places there. Not sure which potters she visited. She said her father likes to use a shot glass to hold the pills he needs to take each day. I might make a few shot glasses, never have. Thanks to those visiting my booth and my fellow bloggers and potters in blogland, I really appreciate your comments, encouragement, and support of my art.