Saturday, August 20, 2011

Lessons

Well, I'm taking away two lessons from this year's Visions In Clay exhibition.


First... Go big.
Small works just get lost in the crowd. People want to be entertained. "Small" engages people in their personal spaces but it's "large" that engages the crowds in a room full of work.

Second... I'd rather be the lowest price sold work in the room than the most expensive piece that's being shipped back to the artist.
As much as I love it,..
I can't afford to collect my own work.

My shelf mate this year is Malissa Bland . Love her work and I feel good gett'n to set my work next to hers.
Cheers mate!

7 comments:

carter gillies said...

That's a great observation about size and how it influences an audience's ability to 'see' our work. Some venues are so crowded that quiet pots need additional help to get seen. Do you have strategies for how you display the smaller pots?

John Bauman had a great post a few weeks ago about his display set up, and the risers and dividers he uses to give the pots more presence. I have heard all sorts of strategies about how to group pots on a display: Segregated by color, mixed colors, grouped by type of pot, a mishmash, alternating tall and short, similar sizes together, as many as possible crammed together, isolated pots by themselves, groupings and vignettes, a line of pots all in a row, etc.

What kinds of things do you aim at in your displays?

Tracey Broome said...

Living here in the land of big pot competition amongst all the guys, it does seem like the smaller work can get lost. But some of my favorite pieces in my house are the small jars and little wine cups I have. Bigger isn't always better it just gets seen first! I recently went to a show at the Ackland museum, as you walked in there was a big Mark Hewitt jar and a big Daniel Johnston piece and everyone talking about them. But the really nice pieces were in the glass cases made years ago and salt fired. Little jugs that were just amazing. I love the shows that galleries do for small work, then everyone gets an equal chance to be seen.

jim said...

hi joel, i agree with your lesson learned about scale. it's a double edged sword as i see it though. the big piece may demand more attention but the shipping cost to get it there and the packaging to make sure it doesn't break are on the other side of the equation.

cookingwithgas said...

size does not matter- there I said it!

ang walford said...

:)) love it

FetishGhost said...

I love making smaller more intimate works. They sell well and I love showing them too, but with juried exhibition, it's too easy to get swamped by all of the other works if you strictly play it small. Size does matter, and it's the bold statements that draw in the casual viewers attention. Either way, I've got to figure out how to turn participation in these juried shows into a way to reach out to potential new supporters.

JUDI TAVILL said...

WHERE ARE YOU SELLING IT???? to ship??? email me!