I got some pictures of my new decal work this weekend and got my application in to Summerfair with a couple hours to spare. There are so many hoops to jump though when you apply to some of the bigger shows but I've been doing my homework and researching what the jurors are looking for (besides good pottery). One of the things I discovered is that your booth shot does not actually represent the booth at the show. They want it to look uncluttered, not like you're getting ready for the shoppers. And they want the pieces that you just sent them pictures of featured in the booth shot. I'm going to have to set up my booth in the yard (if the snow ever melts) and take some faux booth shots with the pottery that I made for the applications featured in the shot. The problem I have been having with this is the timeline - I send out most of my applications in January, therefore I make my pottery for my applications in January and they are in the booth shot I took in May that I would send out for the following year. Big flaw for me. I doubt that I will get into this show, but it's a learning process and I am determined to get in - someday.
There are numerous things wrong with this booth shot (and I thought it was so good).
1. The chair
2. My business name is showing
3. The work I submitted is not featured in the shot.
Damn. Maybe next time.
Here's a link to the article telling me all the things I do wrong: http://networkedblogs.com/Td3mC
The small business class I took yesterday at Funke's was very informative. It was split into 2 sessions, the first focused on taxes and the second accounting and marketing. I don't trust myself to do my own taxes after getting audited once, but it was good to know what to include in your deductions and how not to get flagged for an audit. The accounting and marketing portion lead to a lot of discussion among the potters there. I liked the way the workshop was set up in kind of a "round table" format. There were a board range of experience at the table and it was good to get some insight from people who had some knowledge on shows and etsy. I got the feeling that most of the group already knew each other from Funke's studio or Clay Alliance. Since I'm in a bubble in my studio, it was good to get out and meet other artists in the area.
I'm looking forward to the photography workshop this Thursday. Maybe I'll get a little closer to meeting my goal of getting into a big show.