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The Youngest Vendor

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Today I am preparing for the WI Sheep & Wool Festival that’s held annually in Jefferson, WI.  It’s a 3 day fiber festival, and has two barns full of vendors, various food trucks, knitting and other fiber workshops, and even a sheep dog herding competition. For all the fiber artists in the area, this is like the State Fair. What a great way to spend your weekend! It’s 3 jam packed days of fun, fiber, and fall!

This is going to be my second year at the festival, and I am returning with high hopes. The shoppers were so pleasant last year, and very supportive of my work. The vendors were friendly and fun to talk to. The onsite staff were really great, too! All in all, I’m definitely excited for this weekend (well, as excited as anyone gets about working weekends :P) The show was a huge success for me last year, and I made many great connections as well. I got a lot of feedback about my booth, with the main suggestion being to bring more than just items related to yarn! Sure, the sheep mugs are cute, and the yarn bowls are always a huge hit, but many shoppers made the comment, “oh, we’ll buy anything!” This year, I will have a booth stocked with all the items I make, still including yarn bowls and sheep/alpaca themed pieces 🙂

One thing I did learn last year…I am definitely a “youngster” in the vendor group. By a lot. It can be very hard to be taken seriously as a young vendor, especially in the art world. Many a vendor has commented on my age (like that should matter, right? look at my work please)! And the most common question asked in my booth is, “did you make all this?” But I feel very lucky to be doing what I’m doing at such a young age, since more often than not artists have to work there way up to full time. I am not taking this for granted! But I do want to be taken seriously, because I take what I do very seriously. I work hard, and work often! This is not my hobby, this is my career. The only way to be successful is to take yourself as seriously as you want to be taken by the rest of the world 🙂

 

 

3 Reasons Why My Blog is Worth Your Follow!

Photocred: ©David Reuter, Cup: Sonja Gloria Pottery
Photocred: ©David Reuter, Cup: Sonja Gloria Pottery

Good morning, and happy Friday! I hope you all had a wonderful week, and that you also have a fun-filled weekend ahead of you! In today’s blog entry (my first blog entry!), I’m going to give you 3 great reasons to follow my new blog!

A little backstory: I am a 25 year old full time professional studio potter, living with my husband in Madison, WI. I have a studio in my basement, an awesome puppy pal, and lots of gardens around our lawn! I love the outdoors, I have a very active lifestyle, and I also LOVE good food (thank god I live in Madison).

Today, I am giving you 3 reasons why you should probably start following my blog 🙂

Reason #1 why this blog will be worth your follow: I make functional pottery. That’s right, functional art! Not only is it beautiful, handcrafted artwork, but it’s also usable. Art can be hard to justify spending lots of money on; trust me, I know! But functional art is a whole different category. When you take home pottery from an art fair or local gallery, you are bringing home something beautiful that has had hours of work and heaps of love put into it.  But, you are also bringing home something that you can get enjoyment out of in daily use. I love collecting other artists pottery, and I have a whole mug collection that I get to choose from every morning! When you hold a warm, coffee-filled handmade mug in your hands, you can feel the energy and love that the artist put into it, and there’s no better way to start your day!

Reason #2 why you should continue reading this blog: This blog won’t be just about pottery. Yes, I am a ceramic artist, and yes, I do this full time. But I also have many other interests that will be shared with you through out this blog series. As mentioned earlier, I love to be outside, I enjoy active adventures, and I can never resist a quick play session with my puppy. Gardening is another one of my strong interests, and I preserve and cook a lot of my own food. This blog will give you insight into why so many potters are also foodies (hint: beautiful pottery doesn’t deserve easy-mac dinners)! I’ll show you meals that I choose to serve in specific dishes, and share delicious recipes for eating off your own land.

Reason #3 why this blog is still worth your time: I post pretty pictures 🙂 Yes, so do many bloggers out there, but all the photos I post are either taken by me or my husband. That’s right, we’re photographers as well.  I majored in Photography back at University (and yes, now I do pottery…but that’s a blog post for another time)!  David and I shoot portraits and weddings together. I won’t be using stock photos, and I will always engage the readers with beautiful pictures. Blogs with photos get more views, and I completely understand why! Aren’t you more likely to click on a post with an enticing photograph than one without?

This blog is a work in progress, but I hope you will find it interesting, funny, and that it gives you a better understanding of one artists life in this crazy world 🙂