But enough with the weather report. My email inbox is full with inquiries about prices of my work and how to obtain the pieces. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate these emails. I read them and am working my way through replying, but thought I would respond here in case there are others who are curious but have not made inquiries.
Currently heres how it works. Smaller pieces like tiles, porcelain & sterling pendants, memory boxes and smaller sculptures are on my etsy store as they are available. Larger pieces like table top size and bigger rarely make it to the etsy store. Those pieces usually are sold at events like Greyhounds Reach the Beach in Dewey Beach, Delaware or the Greyhound Gathering in Kanab, Utah. Two reasons for that – I like to meet the people who are interested in my work and the pieces can be challenging to ship.
Prices for tiles range from $4 for the smallest tiles to $150 for the large tile sets – priced by size, # of tiles, and glazing complexity.
Prices for porcelain pendants are $18 for simple, single glazed pendants up to $25 for pendants with more complex glazing or strung with precious stones, etc.
Prices for Sterling pendants are currently at $65 but with the price of sterling going up, up, up I might be writing about a price increase soon.
Then there are the larger sculptures. How to describe them accurately? This one about was 16″H x 7″W x 17 1/2″L – I consider that a larger piece (but it really is mid-sized). Pieces in this range are around $650-$750. Prices are based on size and difficulty because, well, bigger pieces require more materials, more tile, more resources.
As for obtaining these “larger” pieces, I’m working on amassing a collection of pieces to have an exhibition at Dickinson State University in March 2011. The “winter hat” bust will be there, as will the “Faith in My Lucky Rabbit’s Foot” piece and “Frank” and others. Those pieces do not have homes as I write this. One reason why is that I don’t like to sell work before they are 100% finished – fully dried, fully fired, fully finished. ‘Cause things go wrong and I hate to disappoint people who have fallen in love with a piece. I want people to love the work, but I also have to be true to my vision of the piece. The best way for me to do this is to wait to sell the piece until the piece is fully complete.
The DSU show is an unusual circumstance. In the past I’ve sold work as it was completed, never wishing to keep a large collection for exhibition. But the DSU exhibition is different. For some time I’ve wanted to see all my work in a gallery environment displayed as a collection rather than a smaller selection like it is in an art-fair/booth environment. I wrote a grant based on this desire. This important goal is finally happening.
So… wow this post is long and if you’re still reading, thank you…
I have more goals. One of those goals is to have work for sale on this site. Tiles, small sculptures, memory boxes, and larger work too. Finished larger clay work with prices and links to a secure shopping cart. Now there will always be pieces that I would never feel comfortable shipping, but there are many that could be shipped safely.
And the other option is bronze…. But that’s a whole new ball of wax.