I'm happy with the work that we submitted. A year of experiments and working through the problems paid off. The work is everything I was hoping it would be once it was finally in hand.
Still, now that the problem solving is done, the biggest risk that we're taking now is a risk that could very easily leave the work hanging unclaimed...
We decided to honestly price the work.
It's priced to reflect the real costs of making the it.
It reflects its actual value.
We just needed to be content to show it proudly without relenting to the temptation to undersell it in the hope of gaining the validation of a red dot. (To be clear, I still would like that dot though.)
There's more at stake than our ego or dollar signs; honest pricing is about valuing the work that's being done. Sold or not sold, it has a value and before anyone else can be asked to respect that, we need respect the work ourselves first. Our craft is one of the very few gifts that we have to give to the world, it stands in place of us, to undervalue our gift cheapens what all of us are offering...
Our best selves.
Be yourself and sing with the choir.
Ps all the proceeds are donated to Studio Potter magazine.