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Artist Interview with Casey Melton from F. is for Frank

Posted September 30, 2012 by Marquin Campbell
Artist Interviews , Design , Jewelry

I hope you enjoy our Artist Interview with Casey Melton with F. is for Frank- she is a super talented artist who has literally carved out a great business in Dallas, Texas.  Casey is also an old friend who is bubbly and full of life: her work is a great extension of her personality.  I hope you visit www.fisforfrank.com to see her quirky, beautiful, work.

Where are you from? Atlanta, Georgia

Where do you live? Dallas, TX

What college did you attend? What did you study? University of Georgia, double major in Marketing and Sculpture

How did you get involved with F. is for Frank?  One of my first jobs out of college was working at a company called studio 3-0.  Shannah Frank was co-owner of that company along with a guy named Brad Oldham (Todd Oldham's brother).  Shannah sold her shares of that company and it was eventually bought out.  I decided to go work for Shannah and about year later I bought into f. is for frank to become co-owner

How has the business evolved since you started at F. is for Frank?  When we first started F. is for Frank, our main business was custom interior architectural elements like hardware, sculpture, lighting and furniture.  We did a lot of collaborations with designers and architects.  When the economy fell apart the custom jobs were the first to go because they were to most expensive.  We cast pewter in our studio and would make jewelry for ourselves, friends and family.  Shannah is trained as a jeweler so 4 years ago we decided to create a line.  We love creating jewelry because we can do it almost all in house and its all our designs.  We still do the custom side of our business but don't advertise it.  Last year it was about half our total revenue but this year our jewelry is leading.

Tell the readers about the name: how did you two come up with F. is for Frank?  Shannah started the company and her last names is frank.  It's cute and catchy.  People always comment.

What is your all time best seller?  Our woodgrain collection is still really popular and we have had it for 4 years.  Our fox and bunny collection draw the most attention

All time worst seller? The hickory collection was not that popular.  We cast a hickory nut with a natural impression of a heart.  I loved it but the nut was on the heavy side once cast in metal.

What, in terms of marketing works well for you?  Free press, editorial coverage, facebook, instagram, twitter, our blog and occasionally we will trade for advertisement on blogs, doing indie craft shows.  We focus on marketing that gives us a direct result.  People can click on something and go directly to our site to potentially purchase and then I can see the results on Google Analytics.

What, in terms of marketing has not been a success?  Buying print advertising.  we are not big enough or rich enough to just buy advertising just so people start recognizing our brand.  maybe one day but for now if i purchase anything i need a direct result.

How have you gotten the awesome press you have received? Being lucky helps, having a unique product, and of course getting to know the people that work for the magazines or knowing the people that influence the people that work for the magazines.

How do you get your work in stores?  We have done the New York Gift Show (NYIGF) 3 times and POOL in Las Vegas 3 times.  For us it took finding the right tradeshow for our product and doing that show consistently.  The first time you do a tradeshow do to expect to make all your money you have invested back.  I would be happy if you made your booth fee.  Stores don't always like taking chances on the newbies.  They want to know you are a brand that will be sticking around for a while.

How do you turn your ‘creative fire’ on? Experiences, surroundings and Pintrest

What is your favorite thing to create? I love creating new product.

What is your role in F. is for Frank? What is Shannah’s?  We both do the designing, sculpting, casting and finishing.  She does more of the technical aspects of the jewelry while I might focus on the production.  She does the accounting while I do the marketing.  She bids out the custom jobs while I focus more on the store relations.  We are both involved in all aspects of the business and its a true collaboration

What do you spend the most time working on?  It changes everyday.  Today I spent the majority of the day on the polishing machine, cleaning up jewelry we had just finished casting.

What is your least favorite part of your work?  Putting on the hard sell.   Its hard to sell your own work and a little awkward.

What do you want to happen with F. is for Frank in the next 5 years? Next 10 years?  I just want us to continue to grow.  I want us to be profitable enough that Shannah and I are making a comfortable living.  I want our company to fulfill our creative drive while not letting us loose focus on other important aspects of life like raising a family and taking care of our ourselves.

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Artist Interview with Lindsey Motley of Lindsey Motley Photography

Posted September 23, 2012 by Marquin Campbell
Artist Interviews , Photography

I hope you enjoy my interview with Lindsey Motley of Lindsey Motley Photography.  Lindsey is super sweet, incredibly talented, and a delight to be with: I feel honored that she shares space with us at Vino & van Gogh-- she shoots her sweet little babies in the morning before I arrive at the studio.
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Where were you born?
I was born and raised here in Greenville, SC. The best town around, don’t you think?
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What is your professional background?
I have an undergraduate degree from College of Charleston in Early Childhood Education. I’m certified to teach up to the 3rd grade. I have spent my whole around in the world of photography, as it runs in the family.  My grandfather, Ernest Rawlins, was a portrait photographer here in Greenville for over 50 years. In fact, his studio is still up and running, although it is no longer in the family.  My uncle, Pat Rawlins, is also a very well known photographer in Greenville. My mother owned Mohawk Color Lab and developed film for photographers in the area when I was growing up.  Although I have no “degree” in photography, I’ve attended workshops and seminars for professional photography training.  An interesting tidbit is that I have been trained in the art and safety of newborn posing!
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How did you start LMP?  What prompted it?
After finishing college in 2009, I went on the hunt for a teaching position. Luckily (I say that now), I didn’t find one and opened up the door for me to combine both of my passions - children and photography! During my job hunt, I was a nanny for two newborns and I took photos of them often. Also during this time, I saw newborn photographers, Kelly Ryden and Tracy Raver, on the Today show. Those converging moments are what really got my wheels turning.  In 2010 I started Lindsey Motley Photography!
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How long have you been in business?
I have been in business for two years. Wowzers! I can’t believe it.
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Have newborns always been your focus?  
While I’ve always photographed more that just newborns, I’ve always been most passionate about newborn portraits. I absolutely adore this time that I spend with families, as they come to me when their baby is just 5-10 days new. It’s a truly unique time. I’m smiling just thinking about it!
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How do your clients hear about you? 
Most of my clients hear about me “through the grapevine.” Word of mouth has been my best friend, I would say. Although, Google is a close second. :)
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Is there any style (pose, lighting, accessories) that seems to be a best seller?
I use natural light only, which creates what I like to call model light - those natural easy shadows that fall across the face creating a very soft and warm feel. While studio lighting equipment can surely be used to create the same thing, I just prefer the natural light. My clients tend to favor the sweet simple posed images of newborns on natural backgrounds like the two below. I love these, too, as it really puts the baby at the focus of the image at hand.
What, in terms of marketing, has been a success for LMP? 
I’ve found that the best way to market myself is through social media and word of mouth. Think about it: when you go to hire someone for a type of service, be it house cleaning, a doctor, etc, what’s the first thing you do? You ask friends for recommendations, or you refer back to something that you read or heard about! Facebook has been my key tool in marketing. This world is all about knowing what others are up to, and seeing precious one-of-a-kind portraits of your friends children really gets folks smiling and interested.
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What, in terms of marketing, has not worked for LMP 
Most paid advertisements have been a total bust for LMP. Every now and again I still will submit something here or there. However, I always end up with the same outcome - little to no business directly from the ad. Again, word-of-mouth rules! The key is to get people talking!
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What has been the best thing that you have implemented to grow your audience at for LMP?

I'm so very terrible at updating it and keeping it current, but blogging is definitely an audience grower. Everybody loves to read blogs these days!
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You are very creative and crafty: does your photography work feed your creativity?
Absolutely! Although you won’t find me knitting the sweet little hats that I use for my newborn sessions, it’s not rare to find me crafting up some other type of prop to use. For example, the little hair pretty in the photo below I made from twine. I also crafted the hat in the other photo from the sleeve of an old sweater. Isn’t it darling? I’m constantly revamping and freshening my selection of props, hats, and colors used during my sessions. I love trying new things and photography certainly lets me do that!
How do you turn on your ‘creative fire’? How are you inspired?
These kinds of questions are always hard for me to answer, as I sometimes don’t even realize when that “creative fire” has been ignited! I love looking through Pinterest, of course, and seeing what other photographers are up to.  However mostly I’m inspired by the child I’m photographing. Each newborn always brings some sort of uniqueness to the studio. It may be that they have long delicate fingers or super curly hair... no matter what, I’m posing and shooting to capture that uniqueness. This is the same for older babies and children as well. I get inspired by the mood and personality of the child. You won’t hear me say “sit here” or “put your hands there” during my sessions. We play - bringing out those raw and natural expressions! The creativity happens during the session... as you surly can’t predict how a session will go. The kid is running the show! :)
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What music do you enjoy listening to while working?
While at the studio, I always have Pandora playing. My favorite stations during my sessions: Adele, Norah Jones or Will Hoge. Now, if you come into the studio before a session while I’m setting up... you may hear something a little more upbeat like: The Avett Brothers, Jason Mraz, or Taylor Swift (and no I’m not embarrassed to admit that!)
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Who is your favorite artist? photographer? 
There are many photographers that I love: Kelly Ryden, Baby as Art, and Heidi Hope are a few of my top favorites. What I love about every artist, not only photographers, is that they each have their own style. No artist is the same, and that’s what we should all be proud of.
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What is your favorite color?
Any shade of blue/green. If I had to pick one - Robin’s Egg.
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What would you tell someone trying to get into a career in the arts?
Believe in yourself, find your own style and run with it, and don’t give up on your dreams.
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Who has been your best mentor and why?
I’ve had a team of supporters in the past two years to get me to the point of where I am today. I couldn’t do any of this without my loving husband, of course. The person who I have learned most from, talked a lot with, and bounced a ton of ideas off of would be YOU! Marquin, you’re the bomb. Seriously people, this girls got it goin’ on! Even though we don’t specialize in the same type of art,  I’ve always felt like I can learn so much from you as a fellow small art business owner and friend.
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What is the hardest part of your job?
The hardest part of my job balancing home and work.  I work from home mostly, which to a lot of people sounds like the ideal scenario. Believe me, I love it, but it is incredibly difficult to “step out of the office.” Every day I have to make a conscious decision to end my work day and switch from photographer to wife.
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What is the best part of your job?
Hands down, the best part of my job is getting to know all of the wonderful families.  Seeing my little clients grow up is truly wonderful. I’m amazed each time at how fast they develop into tiny little people! They all hold a special place in my heart.
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What do you shoot with?
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II. I almost always use my 50mm f/1.4 lens.
 
What do you edit on? (Computer & Software) 
I edit on my 27’’ iMac, and I use both Adobe Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5.
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What do you spend the bulk of your time working on? (Editing, shooting, etc...)
Most of my time is spent on editing. Client contact and follow-ups are a close second, though. I strive really hard to have fast and excellent customer service quality.
Lindsey Motley
Lindsey Motley Photography
phone . (864) 979-6684

address . 317 Jones Avenue, Greenville, SC 29605

We are a BYOW art studio based in Greenville, SC. We offer art instruction - primarily painting lessons - to children and adults.
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Interview with Teresa Roche of Art & Light

Posted September 14, 2012 by Marquin Campbell
Art and Light , Artist Interviews , diane kilgore condon , Gallery Interviews , greenville , Greenville , Spaces

I had the honor of interviewing one of my favorite people and mentors: the lovely Teresa Roche of Art & Light Gallery.  If you have ever met Teresa, you know that she is a jewel and has an amazing eye: her rich marketing, event planning, and business background have helped her mold A&L into a very unique shopping experience.  I encourage all to check out her space, Art & Light located at 4 Aberdeen Drive, Greenville SC 29605 - Open Monday - Friday from 10am - 5pm & Saturday from 10am - 3pm.

Where were you born?

Greenville, S.C.

What is your professional background?

I graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Dance/Arts, but my first job was Assistant Marketing Director of Haywood Mall in 1980.  I was the Assistant M.D. for 2 years and then promoted to Marketing Director where I stayed 4 more years.  After that, I was Marketing Director for Modern Office Machines for 2 years.  My son was born during that time and this is when I opened The White Room - a bridal boutique on Washington St.  With my partner, Laura Baur, we owned and operated The White Room for 8 1/2 years - we sold the store after 8  1/2 years.

Then, I went back to my marketing and event planning roots in a corporate job at ScanSource -  I was an event's coodinator and then event's team manager for almost 9 years.

 

Starry Night Greenville Print

When did you open Art & Light?  

I opened A & L 5 years ago in the Flatiron Building on Pendleton St.

What prompted it?   You know, it was a total fluke…I retired from ScanSource to explore and figure out what I wanted to do.  I had been a part of an art group - friends from ScanSource and we started doing a one time a year art show…I met Paige Caraway, who made hand crafted lamps and pendant lighting - that's where the "Light" of Art & Light originated.  My friend, Kathy Harris bought the Flatiron building and asked if our art group wanted to do our annual show there in her building.  We took her up on it and once the event was over, she asked me to think about staying.  So, I thought about it for about 5 mins. and I stayed - no business plan, no money, nothing but passion and a lot of work ethic!

A small vignette: pottery, paintings, a book necklace

How has the business changed from the initial conception?  

Oh goodness - it has changed a lot!  When I first opened, I was only open for the First Friday Gallery Crawl event.  I featured a couple of different local artists for each First Friday event and then opened by appointment during the month of the show if people wanted to come in after the opening.  I discovered that it was such a huge amount of work to do for a one night event - for the artists and for me - so about 6 months later I started opening every Friday and Saturday.  I opened on Fridays and Saturdays for 4 years and continued to open by appointment as well.  I started adding jewelry, clay, paper artists so that I had a bigger and better mix of merchandise - all local.  That really helped the business along - art sales didn't happen that often.  So I promoted the smaller items as well.  Any time I had a chance to participate in festivals in the art's district or do special events, I always did that to increase traffic.  I also rented the space out for product launches, birthday parties, showers, etc. to produce additional income.  Luckily I was able to keep expenses to a minimum, so that the business could survive.  I am also a designer and I continued with design clients as well and that business certainly helped the cash flow for the gallery business.  One thing I had on my side was my strong marketing background.  I used every trick I could think of to draw traffic in.

style statements: handmade jewelry

Art & Light is a very unique, niche shopping experience.  How did you come up with the concept?

  I wish I could say that I had some grand expert plan for A & L, but it really just evolved out of my passion for the arts.  Since I'm a Greenville girl, it was very important to me to sell local merchandise - I have stayed true to that plan. I did travel some over the years and I was constantly looking for unique boutiques, home accent and gallery spaces for inspiration.  The business side of things came naturally since I had already owned my own business.  I adapted some of the things that made The White Room successful to what I was doing with A & L.  I felt that changing things up - keeping the merchandise fresh and new was very important, so that when people shopped, they were always seeing something new and different.  I did 55 shows in 5 years.

a keen attention to detail 
Who tends to be your shopper?
My customers are all over the board age wise, but most of my repeat customers have art backgrounds themselves or the love of art and all things creative and artful somewhere in their background. Many of them enjoy buying local and this is important to them when they buy.

New Work: Diane Kilgore-Condon

 

What is your all time best seller at A&L?  

That is easy - Diane Kilgore Condon's oil on wood block bird series has to be the all time best!  I can't even keep them in stock - she keeps asking me if people are getting tired of them - the answer is NEVER…my customers collect them and husbands come in with it written on their wives wish list.  The smallest bird pieces start at $25 and they go up to $150…the small ones are so great clustered together as a collection - so much personality in them!
Diane Kilgore Condon: bird block series
What, in terms of marketing, has been a success for A&L?  
I have spent very little money on marketing, but I have mailed a postcard to my customer base every single month for 5 years.  This consistency has helped a lot.  With my business model of only a 20 and 30% commission, the funds for marketing have not been there.  I did a co-op ad in The Peace Center program the second year and also did a co-op ad with other artists in Town Magazine for a year.  I have also sent press releases and press kits for every show I've ever had.  I have been very fortunate to be featured in many local publications.  I always focus press releases on the artist I am featuring at the time.

 
hand cut leather bracelets

What, in terms of marketing, has not worked for A&L?

Magazine advertising.

figures in the rain

What has been the best thing that you have implemented to grow your audience at A&L?

Doing shows for different artists every single month for 5 years has been the key to growing the audience.
 clay sculpture 

How do you find the artists you represent?

In the beginning I reached out to the local art community and each time I formed a relationship with someone, that lead me to someone else.  I knocked on a lot of studio doors and have met some incredible people during this journey.
 loving this folksy piece by Diane Kilgore Condon

Do artists ever approach you to sell their work?

Yes, all the time.
If yes, what do artists do to ‘package’ themselves well so that they are most presentable?

You know, they don't do a lot.  They generally drop by without appointments (which is fine most of the time), but when you work in a retail store, it's nice to see artists before or after the store opens or closes.  Many times they don't have professional photographs or websites.  Many of them can't afford to do those things when they are first getting started.  I like to mentor them and help them to become more business like - about 20% of them really have the work ethic to make art as a living.  Many of them have loads of talent… yet running a successful art business doesn't seem to be on many curriculums.

What is one of the worst things an artist can do when trying to get their foot in a gallery?  

Interrupt to talk about their art while the gallery owner is with a customer

You paint.  Does your work at A&L feed your creativity?

Yes - for sure!  I am totally inspired by all of the great artists at A & L - I am also a little timid too - since they are all so great!

How do you turn on your ‘creative fire’? How are you inspired?

By visiting other galleries and museums - in Greenville and out of Greenville.   And also by the energy and sights and sounds of NYC - that city is my favorite place on earth!

What music do you enjoy listening to while working?

I often listen to show tunes - with my musical theatre background I get so much energy from Broadway tunes.  I also love putting Pandora's singer-songwriter station on - love that - also Maroon 5!

Who is your favorite artist?

I have lots of favorites - love the work of Edward Hopper and William deKooning!

de Kooning

What is your favorite color?  

All time favorite color is chartreuse

 chartreuse = favorite 

What would you tell someone trying to get into a career in the arts?

I would tell them first and foremost to work a lot  and have a very large body of work before approaching galleries- about 100 pieces.  Once they have a large body of good work, if any way possible, archive the work and have professional photos taken.

We are a BYOW art studio based in Greenville, SC. We offer art instruction - primarily painting lessons - to children and adults.
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Artist Interview with Katie Poterala

Posted September 02, 2012 by Marquin Campbell
Artist Interviews , Artist Marketing , Business of Being an Artist , Design , How to be an artist

This interview is a part of a rolling series I am working on about The Business of Being an Artist.  I will be interviewing all different types of artists, galleries, and professionals in art-based careers about their take on how to be a successful established artist.

It is my hope that this information will be helpful to an artist out there who is trying to make it.

xx M

 

Katie Poterala

 Jewelry Designer | Fine Artist


How did you get into metals?
I first fell in love with metals during high school, while taking a class at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC.

Have you always loved jewelry?

Yes. I inherited a love for jewelry as a child, most definitely from my grandmother. It's funny, though, that I only have become interested in making jewelry in the last year and a half or so. I always was sure I wanted to be an artist, but never considered being a jewelry designer, even while pursuing my BFA and MFA in metalsmithing. Looking back, I'm not sure why I didn't see this before -- the interest was there all along.

Why jewelry over larger sculptural objects?

Most of my artistic career has been focused on sculptural objects, including many of my more recent statement/fine art jewelry pieces, although they all tend to be 'small' in scale when thinking about sculpture in general. I became attracted to fine metalsmithing instantly. I think it's a combination of getting lost in and obsessing over the details, the intimacy of the size of the objects, the ability to work in a scale that I am comfortable with, and the relationship potential that small and functional objects have in relation to the body and to other people. Take heirlooms for example -- they're almost always functional, and almost always under 20" in size. I really get into the conceptual and contextual meaning of jewelry and objects -- which makes this a perfect match for me.

Working large poses some physical limitations for me due to some health issues -- but if there's something I want to make, I don't let this stop me. From time to time, I experiment with larger pieces, when the idea is important to me. For example, I just did a series of modified mirrors, still concerned with issues relevant to jewelry. I also hand built Oak display cases with steel legs and fixtures, utilizing blacksmithing techniques. There are images of these in the 'Decadence + Decay' section of my website: www.katiepoterala.com.

Favorite medium to work with?

I'm not sure I have one favorite -- but I tend to be attracted to materials that allow me to achieve texture and unique surface quality. Some of the materials I've been using most recently are: powder coat, brass and copper modified with chemical patinas, and enamel. My work is all about combining materials, so you'll find some precious stones and metals thrown in there sometimes, too. I love the combination of high and low perceived value, and am freer to explore ideas and experiment technically using these materials in combination.

Favorite jeweler/artist?

This is a tough one. I'm finding new amazing artists/jewelers every day. I tend to be most attracted to work that is very different from my own. Some of my favorites are Amy Tavern, Jennifer Trask, Michael Dale Bernard, Todd Reed, and Lisa Gralnick.

Favorite color?

This changes, often. I am always very attracted to whites, grays, and neutral colors. Right now, though, I really like coral and yellow.


Where do you sell your work?

I sell at various galleries and shops across the country, as well as through my website and a UK company online.

Any other sources of income?

I also do commission pieces for private collectors, contract work for other artists, and teach all levels of classes, from beginner to advanced.

What does your typical day look like?

Currently, my typical day is split about 50/50 between doing administrative work (website modification and updates, marketing, answering emails, applying to calls for entry, blogging, taking care of class details, shipping out work, etc.) and producing my own work in the studio.

What do you spend the most time on in your work?

I spend a ton of time on the computer, believe it or not. Much more than I ever would have anticipated. This is because I manage my own website and do all of my own graphics, which is great as a young artist just starting out, but can be very time consuming when I'd rather be making things! In the studio, most time is spent cleaning up and finishing work. It takes way more time to file, sand, and finish pieces than it does to form and solder them. I also use a lot of patinas and surface modifications, which can at times be tedious, as they are carefully applied and reapplied until I get the exact effect I am looking for.

Favorite part of your job?

My work is all about interaction and perception. I love the excitement a person gets when viewing or handling my work for the first time, and watching their surprise to discover something radically different than what they're used to. I thrive off of being able to open people up to something different, and to expose them to the still thriving world of the well made, handmade object. It's really rewarding to see people get excited about objects that they can personally invest in, things that possess a story and history. We've become so detached from objects in our culture because everything is mass produced and disposable. It's so refreshing to see people find value in something handmade.

Least favorite part of your job?

The dry administrative stuff: business paperwork and such. I don't hate it, and it's necessary, but I'd love to just be able to shut myself up in my studio, jam out to 90's music, and play with my torch all day.

How do you approach a gallery?

I've done a variety of things. Unfortunately, there is no 'right' way to do it. Some gallery owners prefer email, some delete them. Some may notice a postcard sent through the mail, others have a special stack for them next to the trash can. Some want a personal drop in, and some will send you away before you can even say your name. I always scout a place out first, to make sure it's somewhere my work would fit into and to determine if it seems like a reputable business. If I can make the drive in person, I go in person, and leave physical information. If it's out of my reach geographically, and I really want to pursue a place, I'll email them with a link to my website.

What works when approaching a gallery?

I'm not a hundred percent sure that anything does. So many things have to fall into place to make a connection with a gallery. Personally, I've gotten the best responses by showing up in person with a no pressure attitude, good photographs, and something to leave behind with my information on it.

What has not worked when approaching a gallery?

Email, in my opinion, is not the best approach. I have gotten responses this way, but I have a suspicion that many times they hit the 'trash' folder without ever being opened. Having said that, in my opinion it's still worth a shot since it's quick and virtually cost free, especially if it's a gallery that's far away.

How did you learn how to ‘sell yourself’ as an artist?

Unfortunately, there wasn't a lot of direct focus on professional development topics when I was in school, however one of the best things I learned was how to write and talk about my work. This is so important, because all of the other contributing factors to selling myself have found their foundations in this skill. Although typical expectations for professionalism in the art world tend to be a bit more lax, I think that there is still value in dressing professionally (at least decently) at events and meetings (avoiding the artist/genius grunge look). It is also crucial to be punctual, have good follow through, and be able to interact well with other people. If people like you as a person, or have a good first impression, they are way more likely to appreciate your work and develop a relationship with you or your product. I know a lot of stereotypical artist types, and unfortunately many of them aren't meeting their full potential because they've bought into the lazy, sometimes careless lifestyle that our society associates with creatives. It's just not professional, no matter how good you are at your craft.

There are also the technical things that shouldn't be overlooked, like killer photographs, uniform styling throughout your marketing collateral, and using spell check and professionalism in correspondence.

What are your goals?

I have a ton of goals, and they're always growing! My main goal is to be able to create a sustainable creative career for myself that allows me to produce my own work and continue to contribute to the growth and support for the craft and art fields.

How big do you want your business got get?

I would love for it to get big enough that I could have an assistant or two to help out with some of the business related tasks, freeing me up to design and make more pretty things. I'd have no problem bringing on more makers, too, which would be great because it would mean there's a growing value for the handmade. I definitely don't have ambitions to become a gigantic cliche 'designer' brand that everyone knows by name. That's not what Katie Poterala jewelry is about. It's more personal than that. It will remain handmade, artistic in concept, and designed for a bold and inquisitive wearer.

We are a BYOW art studio based in Greenville, SC. We offer art instruction - primarily painting lessons - to children and adults.
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