I’d been making these funny little robots for my own amusement out of junk in our basement. My darling husband said “Why don’t you take a few weeks off until things pick back up (little did we know!) and make some robots?
Joy spoke to the Arts Business Institute about making smart choices, and how she has used sound business methods to develop an audience for her high-end work despite a sputtering economy.
When professionals offer criticism of your work, listen to them. They are not critiquing you personally. They are simply helping your work improve so you can succeed.
Being flexible is key to working with retailers in this economic climate. So is loyalty. I provide loyalty to my accounts and get loyalty in return.
At first I thought Etsy could be the business. But I realized the sales needed for a good income couldn’t come exclusively from Etsy, at least not for me.
During my time in Asheville, I took three Arts Business Institute sessions, twice in Philly and once in Florida. They prepared me very well for what was ahead.
Jonathan doesn’t just make spoons – he invents new products, and holds several patents. One of these is the lazy spoon which is notched to sit on the side of a pot, keeping the drips in and the handle cool.
I have been able to explore what I already do, by thinking of smaller and more affordable versions for the gift gallery client, while still producing one of a kind pieces.
I think the most surprising thing I found was that it was actually a viable way of making a living as an artist. I was skeptical at first because I know a lot of artists who do the art fair circuit, and can’t wrap their head around how wholesale works.