I took part in the annual The Kiln Rooms Christmas sale, where I had a selection of my ceramic pieces for sale and for display. The chocolate bar sculptures where displayed with labels stating that I am available for commission for similar pieces, as I made the chocolate bars as part of a larger project and didn’t wish to sell them. For sale I had a selection of earrings that I made with the intention to sell at the previous Christmas sale which were not finished in time to be included, a newer selection of Christmas tree ornaments made for the sale (the gingerbread men, Christmas tree, and snowflake ornaments pictured) and more of my Anti-love heart and rude star pins, which I made to sell at the Pure Class exhibition and this sale.
The pins sold very well, and the chocolate bars got a lot of interest, so I am pleased that I took part! Unfortunately I didn’t sell any of the earrings- I think they could do well at a general arts and crafts market, or at a Valentines themed event, but they just didn’t stand up well next to the artsier ceramic jewellery made by members and my peers in the show, which were also packaged better and more expensive. My Christmas ornaments also didn’t sell well, again due to being surrounded by other, higher quality pieces by more experienced makers. I also had to settle with twine that wasn’t visually very appealing for them, which I had since replaced with a more festive and better looking thread, so hopefully if I try to sell them again next year they will do better. I also think displaying them in a more aesthetically pleasing way will help them to sell better next time. I think this was definitely a learning curve for me, and has inspired me to up my game and keep practicing and exploring new ideas. I am still fairly new to this medium and hopeful that with practice I can get better over time!