The car is all packed, and it’s almost time to head out to set up for tomorrow’s Etsy “Made In Canada” Kitchener market event! It would be great to see YOU there. Open 10am – 3pm at the Walper Hotel in lovely downtown Kitchener.
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It’s that time again! Come join me in Downtown Kitchener this Saturday April 26th from 11am – 9pm for a day of eco-friendly fun! I’ll be there with my recycled bottle glassware. Tons of other great vendors, awesome music, a clothing swap, a recycled fashion show, crafts for the kids… come celebrate the planet at Kitchener City Hall!
I’d have to say that overall, 2012 was a good year for Colour and Light! This marks the first year since I started the business (in 2008) that my accounting spreadsheet has a BLACK number at the bottom of it. I’m pretty proud of that.
All of the sale events I was a part of were more successful than I’d anticipated, in some cases very much more so. I did many custom orders over the course of the year, particularly in the latter part. My Etsy sales were down from 2011, but I still sold a few items. I tried out the “variations” option on the molecule listings, and I think I will continue to do that in the future. It’s a great way to offer custom options on the geeky pieces that people love, and the customer pre-pays for the item, so I can create the requested product with the confidence that the buyer isn’t going to disappear on me when I list the finished piece.
My summer sojourn as a Bird Nerd certainly impacted my studio output. Not only was I not physically creating items (including soap…I had no soap to sell at all this year) but thanks to the general lack of internet access while I was away I also wasn’t doing any sort of marketing or promotion, even on a casual basis. I won’t be doing such a long absence this year, and I’m looking forward to being home (and in the studio!) for the summer in 2013. But my bird work is important to me, and I’m not ruling out doing something similar in future years.
Late in 2012 I finally managed to take my recycled bottle glassware to the next level by figuring out how to create a flame-polished rim. This was a particularly exciting development because it led to a deal with my favourite new local craft beer establishment in which I’ll be creating a large number of pint glasses from clear wine bottles, with the logo sandblasted on the side.
This is also great news because now that I can make a REALLY NICE product, I feel that I can charge more money for it! The previous price for my bottle glassware did not reflect the amount of time and work I put into each one, but I never thought I could ask for a higher price because the rims weren’t very nice. As a result, I never felt very enthusiastic about the recycled glassware, even though that is often the thing that draws the most customer interest at a sale event. Everyone seems to love it! And now I have a renewed excitement for that side of my business.
Now that the holiday season is over, I can take a moment and look ahead at 2013. In the immediate future, I have the bottle glassware project to keep me VERY busy, along with a couple of custom stained glass projects I need to finish up. I have the very important goal this year of getting further into the glass fusing. So far I’ve been using my kiln very heavily for creating wine bottle trays and (more recently) annealing the flame-polished bottle glasses. I also made a lot of simple fused glass star ornaments in the lead-up to Christmas. These are great, but I really want to dig deeper into the art of fusing and experiment with producing some nice fused pieces.
I was inspired today by a great sale price to pick up the double e-courses “Business by Design” and “Marketing for Makers” by Megan Auman, who produced the “Pricing for Profit” digital workshop that I found so helpful. I’m looking forward to working through these and hopefully learning some great things to help improve the business side of my business in 2013.
I’m pretty excited about what 2013 has in store for Colour and Light! I hope you’ll join me on this journey!
So, this past weekend wrapped up my last art show for this season. It was called the “Creative Spark Winter Market” and I have to say, it was pretty successful, especially for a new show in its first year. Both sales and attendance were higher than I expected, which is great! There was also a really great vibe to the show overall. If it happens again next year, I’ll probably do it again, despite a warning that the booth fee might be more in the future. Hopefully it won’t go up TOO much. Here’s a quick shot of my setup:
The Frederick Art Walk, which happened back in November, was also pretty good to me, as was the Central Art Walk. And now my shows are done! This is fantastic, because it means I can now turn my attention to the Very Long List of other things that need to get finished in the next two weeks (or less). Etsy shop maintenance, custom orders, more custom orders, oh and more custom orders!
Time to get back to work! 🙂
Oh my goodness, I have been so busy lately! Let’s see, what has happened since I got stuck on the Jiimaan?
The Central Art Walk was October 20 and 21st. I think it was pretty successful for me this year! I was a little worried about how things would go this year, for several reasons: I didn’t have soap to sell, I didn’t have nearly as much glass inventory on-hand as I would have liked, and the weather forecast for the weekend was looking rather threatening. But, I surpassed my sales total from 2011 despite all that, so thumbs-up! It’s always such a fun event, too. I love being able to open up my studio and actually work on stuff through the day as people come in.
Since then, I’ve been working super hard at getting ready for the next event, which is the Frederick Art Walk on Saturday November 10th. Once again I’ll be at 60 Chapel Street, which is location “G” on the tour. I would love to see you there!
Finally I want to share an Etsy-related thing. I’ve decided to try to use the new “variations” feature that they have introduced, so on my molecule pieces you can request different colours and solder finishes at checkout! Pretty cool. It means that I’ll have to create a custom piece to-order if the buyer chooses something other than what is actually listed, but hopefully I can manage to get the piece finished and shipped in a timely manner if someone buys something. We’ll see! Anyway, check out my science-geeky listings by clicking below!
Soon! It’s so very soon. This weekend, I will be leaving Kitchener behind to spend the summer working at the Rock Point Bird Banding Station. I will be out of the studio for an extended period of time, and my Etsy shop will be closed as well. I’ll miss my glass work quite a lot, but I’ll be doing some pretty awesome things instead. I expect that this blog will also be very quiet. If you are interested in keeping up with my birding activities, check out my new blog over at Bird Nerd Adventures.
But for now I will leave you with a little look at my latest work-in-progress. I had hoped to finish this one before I leave, but I don’t think I will be able to. But come see me at the Central Art Walk in October to check it out in its finished state!
Ahh, Pelee Island! It’s so nice to get back there. I spent this past weekend being a vendor at the Total Recall Retreat. The last few weeks were filled with super-hard work to get ready. It was a great weekend! I sold lots of stuff. Even taking into account ALL the expenses (registration, ferry passage, a tank of gas, camping fees, ice, firewood and food) I actually made money on the trip. Mind = BLOWN. I didn’t even sell enough to cover my registration fee last year. So that’s a win! Also, my little credit-card swiper for my Blackberry worked like a charm while I was down there, AND I got to stock up on a case of wine from the Pelee Island Winery. Awesome. And I’m pleased to say that both the Midnight Tree piece and my Pelee Window survived the trip there and back. It’s tough to safely pack large pieces like that in a car full of camping AND art show gear, especially since the frame on the Pelee Window is so unstable.
The whole thing is really just an excuse to visit the Island, though. Being able to sell my art while I do it is a bonus. At the end of the weekend I dropped a pile of items at the Pelee Art Works for them to hopefully sell over the summer.
And I got to see this:
Now that the event is finished, I must turn my attention to a small custom project and then start moving on preparing for the Art Walks coming up in the fall. I have from now until mid-July, and then I won’t be able to be in my studio again until the end of September while I am away working for the Rock Point bird banding station. So I’m going to be a very busy little glass artist for the next month. I also need to finish my Pelee Forest window project. I got a call from my local glass shop saying that they were able to get a sheet of the glass I need, so I have to go pick that up sometime this week. Hooray!