You may have heard me talking about doing a show last weekend in Baltimore. Here’s how it all went.
First, set-up was pretty easy. Our hotel was right next to the convention center (all be it on the far side from the show entrance) and the weather was cooperating with driving down to Baltimore. My neighbors also ended up being very nice and friendly with beautiful work, though we were in the same section as the flute guy and that never stopped, even after the show ended.
Friday was a little bit slow foot traffic wise and it was a really long day (10 am – 8 pm). It had nothing on Saturday though. People in the Mid-Atlantic area might realize that the middle two weekends in February have a strangely high rate of snow storms, but Maryland just never seems to be able to handle the snow in quite the same way as some other areas (I’ve lived there, I know). So it wasn’t that there was an enormous amount of snow, but the traffic was at a standstill on the beltway and the snow fell too fast to keep up with cleaning it up. Needless to say, foot traffic on Saturday was ever dwindling as the day stretched on.
Sunday we had a warm-ish day and way more people made it out, but there still weren’t many buyers. Did I make my sales goal? No. Did I even come close? No. Will I try the show again? Yes. With these big shows it takes a couple tries to get people to notice you plus the bad weather distorted the actuality of the show’s worthiness. Yes, I took a big hit, but I did get a lot of exposure, good comments from people, and I met a few other metalsmiths who had nice things to say about my work and lots of free, good advice!
I do want to thank all my people who made it out to the show and stopped by to say hi. Your support means so much to me! It was an honor being able to stand amongst so many of the great craftsmen of our time, people who I see on the pages of magazines, people who I admire. So I’ll just work even harder this year to make work worthy of being shown with theirs and next year, I hope to see you there cheering me on!
I’ve been working super hard to get my new booth set-up ready. I designed tables and display stands that complement the shapes in my work and I’ve got new lighting and display stands as well. At this point I just need to finish up the fabric pieces and then I’m ready to go. Just in time, too!
Like with my metalwork, I used some paper prototypes to figure out how to do my set-up. At first I thought I would just have rectangle tables, but then realized that something more organic and asymmetrical would better mimic my work. So once again, I could’ve taken the easy way, but instead
chose the hard, uphill path. One day I’ll learn!
If you want to see this new set-up in person, stop on by BOOTH #716 at the ACC Baltimore Craft Show (retail only) next weekend. I’ll be there the 20th – 22nd.
It’s a craft show like no other! Join us for our three-day celebration of all things handmade, where more than 650 top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists from across the country gather under one roof. It’s your chance to touch, feel, and explore high-quality American craft and meet the makers behind the fabulous work. This is the American Craft Council’s flagship show – a must-attend for craft lovers.