Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The last few years I would be asked to donate to empty bowls here. I gave 4-5 and looked for gratitude and a pat on the back. One of my bowls was rejected (well, it had a small flaw but I GAVE IT TO THEM). The idea is people show up, pay a monetary donation, get a potter's handmade bowl, then everybody eats soup. I would not want to sit in a big crowd eating mystery soup for 35 dollars, bowl or no bowl, but that is me. Proceeds benefit some charity. There are empty bowl events all over the world. I figure 4-5 bowls was nice of me, considering I prob. earn less than the dude flipping burgers at McD's, or even less than the homeless dude stirring the mystery soup.
OK, but here is the thing: they were MAD AT ME because
a) I donated a bowl with a small flaw and
b) only 4 or 5...because they wanted me to make and donate 40 bowls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FORK! Forty bowls during the Christmas season? 40 soup bowls, each worth 15-20 bucks (depending on the amount of deco on each). I told them last year that I earn doodley squat, need to make bowls and sell them for groceries, and if they got a millionaire to buy my 40 bowls from me, we could talk. I did not hear back.
My clay supplier lives an hour away, and he asked me to do the Syracuse empty bowls thing, which has some nice features, very different from ours. And just 5 bowls, blahblahblah. Their idea is to find those millionaires who make a cash contribution (fork the stinking msytery soup, amen to THAT) and they each get a bowl. The artists get something substantial: a gallery show for the month of October (nobody offered me anything but grief and guilt for the event here). If I donate something, I need to get SOMETHING back, like free advertising, or like in this case be part of a show. I was like "hell yeah!"
I got the written details last week and gasped. The blahblahblah that sorta sailed through my ears? EACH BOWL DONATED should be worth 100 DOLLARS! Whoa! 5 bowls, 100 dollars each, 500 bucks? I was like, what does a 100 dollar bowl look like? And wondered if I should drop out. I only make 10-40 dollar bowls!
But I realized, they don't know that. We have talked price here: many potters seem to charge an arm and a leg, so why not make 5 really nice bowls, and let them assume they are worth 100 each? Nobody else knows....except us here.... :)
Posted by Gary's third pottery blog at 7:15 AM