Lately I've been getting quite a few messages and inquiries about my Etsy shop. Why do I still have it? is the same stock on your site also on Etsy? Should you shop here or there?
Last year I made the big switch and upgraded this site to include e-commerce. This was sparked by recent changes in the way Etsy markets products to buyers, prioritizing products with free shipping in search results. That's all fine and dandy, but free shipping is not something I can reasonably offer without feeling grimy about raising my prices by $15+. Since I was driving all of my own traffic anyways, this turned out to be a cost effective move too!
So now all of my shop updates, current stock, and anything else I make will be primarily listed here. NOT Etsy. My Etsy shop will not carry the same inventory either; that would be a back end nightmare!
Why still have an Etsy? It's a great way to be found by new customers thanks to their massive search engine and growing customer base. However, as a potter who makes mostly bespoke pieces it's a little tricky to take advantage of their SEO. So I decided to keep it for items I have a high quantity of (like prints and stickers) and the occasional ceramic piece to draw in new clients. I'm still experimenting with what to list there to gain new customers, but for now I have no regrets!
I hope that clears up all the Etsy mysteries. If you were used to shopping there and have recently found my site, welcome! If you have any thoughts or questions on the matter I'd love to hear them. I'm always down for some business chatting.
I'm teaching a bullet journal workshop at Craftivate! I've been using this system for about 5 years and it is the only planner/journal thing that has stuck. Believe me when I say I've tried SO MANY planners! What I love most is you can fall off for some time and hop back in and you didn't waste half a notebook/planner because of the dates. There is so much value in taking the time to handwrite your thoughts and plans. Personally, I remember it more, there's satisfaction in crossing things out, and it's one less thing to keep track of through a screen.
The class is January 29th from 6:30pm to 9pm at the Craftivate Studio. The class is $48 and includes instruction, a printed bullet journal guide, and a pencil case full of stationery to get you started on your bullet journal journey!
Do you set goals for the new year? I set goals big and small all throughout the year, but I do love the feeling of goal setting in the new year. It fits so well within a maker business since the new year is right after the busiest season for gift giving! Some goals I have:
Hey I'm on youtube now! It was one of my 2019 goals that I'm finally following through on. I'm posting new videos 1-2 times a week! You can expect chats on business topics, a little about my process, how I business, and studio vlogs. I think this is such a great way to share how these muggos come into being. And if my rambles help out a new maker/artist? even better.
I recently made a sale through Redbubble and to be honest, I forgot I had one se t up from all those years ago! I decided to upload some of my new paintings and doodles to be printed as prints, totes, and all sorts of fun things. Check out Frida, Yayoi, and a few other dreamy blobs on my red bubble!
Over the next couple of months, I thought it would be fun to take some of the #marchmeetthemaker prompts and expand on them here!
How I started
Going into college I knew I wanted art to be a part of my career, and I knew I wanted to eventually work for myself. 6 years and 7 major switches later, I graduated with a BS in studio art, concentration in ceramics and a minor in Art History. Graphic design, media studies, art education, and metalwork are a few of the majors I've tried/considered. It’s been a windy twisty road since graduation, but I wouldn’t change a thing!
I officially started my business after finishing a post baccalaureate program in 2016, right when I joined the Nutmeg Collective. I've done a handful of shows before that, but 2016 is when I took this seriously. I was working in a friend's garage, trying every fair and market that came my way, and reaching out to any maker/artist community I could find. The best thing I've learned in this stage of my super tiny business is that community is everything. It's basically how I learned to business.
For the past few months, I've been working for this amazing craft studio aka Craftivate. It's been so cool to work for a small business that I truly believe in! Now that I've got the basics down, I'll be running a few of my own classes and workshops. The photo above is for the Modern Mug sgraffito workshop; carve a handmade mug made by yours truly!
I'm also teaching an intro to clay class where I'll go over all the basics of hand building with clay through four projects. I've got so many ideas for ways to bring clay to the masses! I'm thinking ceramic jewelry will be up next.
NCECA 2018 was in Pittsburgh, PA. I got to drive down with my clay brothers; we had a blast! I think I spent most of my time watching Kevin Snipes hand build with porcelain. Being an artist of color who was still an outsider for not being "black enough," I related with him the most. Not to mention he likes to inject humor in his work, and HAND BUILDS with PORCELAIN. My clay people understand why that's sort of a big deal (well at least to me it is.)
We saw so many fantastic works, and got to visit the Standard clay facilities! NCECA is always a great time. Here's some highlights!
Why am I sharing this super basement-y basement?? Well, this will be my studio space in just 6 weeks! The home we will be moving into is a foreclosure, so it needs a ton-o-work. I am MOST excited about finally having my own studio space! I love my studio mates, but I think it's time I stop hogging all the shelves and spread out in my own digs. Hopefully a kiln can be situated down here :)
Artist and maker discussing art and making. Peeks into my studio life, professional tips I stumble upon, and discussions about contemporary art and craft.