Saturday, March 13, 2010
Things were getting rather stale round here. The last couple of months had brought the lowest sales figures for a long time, partly because I had to turn down at least one opportunity because I was still not back making pots and other outlets had fizzled out for one reason or another. Eventually I fired the kiln the other day, only to have one of the most disappointing firings for a long time. This kiln has been uneven since I had it and there are things I can and do do to counteract that but sometimes it still surprises and therefore greatly disappoints me with how uneven it can be. There are still more things to try, which always makes me hopeful. But a downturn in selling opportunities and sales income together with a downer of a kiln firing didn't make me happy!
There have been things in melting pots, though. One of the melting pots - probably the biggest! - is my own mind. I may have looked idle in the pottery department but I have not been idle in the business planning department. At first sight, the recently offered opportunity to have a gallery all to myself in April looked impractical, especially as there are other things in the pipeline and bearing in mind that I have three missed months of production to catch up on. Yesterday, though, I made a decision. Commit myself to working on sales and being away from my workshop for April in order to get the sales figures lifted. There are opportunities coming up in the autumn, so it's now that I particularly need to give things a lift.
So. My first solo exhibition will be from 13th - 17th April at the Cotswold Craftsmen Gallery, Nailsworth!
I'm extremely excited about this.