Celebrating Arts and Crafts


I cannot believe it has been seven months since I launched me and my pots on the web. It all started in November when we got a Mac.  I finally had a computer that would make creating a website easy.  I also thought it was time to get my pottery “out there”, if I was going to become serious about becoming a full-time potter.  I had my holiday project.  I bought a photo tent and some lights to shoot my work.  I began to figure out iPhoto and iWeb.  By the end of the holidays, I had launched a website, opened an Etsy shop, and threw in this WordPress blog for good measure.

Fast forward seven months.  Wow. I have revamped my website once.  I am finally getting the hang of Etsy, and beginning to get more regular sales, one a week for the last 3 weeks. (I am keeping my fingers crossed for this week).  I am less wowed by my blog, which suffers from neglect since I am never quite sure what to write about.

But the most shocking thing about my entrance into the online world is how I took to social media.  I really didn’t go into marketing my work with the thought of using Twitter or Facebook.  But now they are the most regular way I communicate with friends – new and old, and let people quickly know what I am doing with my work.  I am on both platforms almost every day, usually in the morning and evening.  I share thoughts and quotes, post newly listed items in my shop, and give kudos to others.

What have I gained from all of this some friends ask? Within about 4 months I have over 700 followers on Twitter and I am slowly growing my facebook fan page.  That is 700+ people who did not previously know of my work and that is just plain cool.  I also get to highlight the works of others, and sometimes, I even get my work highlighted.

I’ve had a blessed week with being highlighted in two blogs.First is the interview series being done by Erin on http:ceramicerin.blogspot.com. Erin is surveying potters and then posting the surveys.  My most interesting question was about my concern of the environmental impact of making pots.  This is a subject that I am increasingly interested in and I was glad to see others are thinking about it.

Then today one of my vases was highlighted in http://etsyitemoftheday.com, a blog by Jackie, highlighting a different Etsy item each day.  This vase was a bit of an experiment, one I haven’t repeated.  However, this is a pot that I think about a lot, particularly the tension between the classic neck design and the chunky, organic base. And that’s the great thing about these online communities – they make you think.

Thanks Erin and Jackie.

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About Claytastic

Health coach. Writer. Teacher. Artist. Living an amazing life with MS. Interested in bringing peace and beauty into people's lives.
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3 Responses to Celebrating Arts and Crafts

  1. You have such a wonderful Etsy shop! I am happy to share your Blue Monday vase with my blog’s readers. There is so much talent on Etsy.com and I was really excited to come across your shop!

    Best of luck to you and I’m happy the feature “made you think”! LOVE your work!

    Jackie
    http://etsyitemoftheday.com

  2. Erin says:

    It’s nice to hear you’re doing well online! I’ve been meeting a lot of new ceramic artists on Twitter as well. My problem is that I spend too much time online, not enough in the studio. Well I’m happy to feature you on my blog this week! Good luck with your Etsy sales. 🙂

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