Like most hobby-level potters, I am dependent on group sales and a few consignment locations to get pottery off my shelves and onto yours. The spring and fall sales of the Brantford Potters’ Guild have been my primary venue for the last few years. But this year, just as we were all gearing up production to be ready for the spring sale, the CoVid19 lockdown cancelled that event as well as closing the doors almost everywhere else that sells my work.
Somewhat ironically, I suppose, my personal response to this period of isolation with fewer sales outlets has been to spend more time in my studio, producing even more than usual. I have done some testing and experimenting, along with a lot of recycling of pieces that weren’t going to justify their space in storage. It’s been wonderful: calming, restorative, rewarding in terms of creative development. But, understandably, I have more completed pottery on hand at the moment than ever before, at the same time as I have fewer places to sell than ever.
My local potter friends have come up with various approaches to this conundrum. Facebook Marketplace, Etsy, Squarespace and personal website stores have all become more active in the last couple of months. A number of potters have also developed their own version of the new buy/sell protocol called “porch pickup.” Customers make a selection through photos, pay by e-transfer or PayPal, and receive their goods with no personal contact.
To date, I haven’t pursued any of these options for selling—partly because they all involve unfamiliar technology and procedures. I’d rather stick my head in the sand (or clay!) and keep on making. But I do live in the 21st century, and I can be taught. So maybe you’d like to the customer that gets me moving! If you see something on this site that you’re interested in, please get in touch and we’ll see what we can work out.