Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Trunk Show Debrief

Whew! back from 3 days in New York City where I took a hotel room in mid-town and displayed my wares for show and tell. I had some wonderful visitors. Toshie Otsuka is pictured here helping me set up. Check out her amazing pottery here.
This approach to selling pottery is a bit out of the box. Jewlery and fashion have long been associated with trunk shows. For some reason, potters have not pursued this avenue of selling. If you know anyone who has, let me know! It was easy- a comfortable room, people through the entire time and easy access for New Yorkers. Setting up was a breeze. The bellman unloaded my van and delivered my boxes to the room.
Break down was just a easy. I packed up Sunday night, while watching a movie and finished up Monday morning. I was able to spend some quality time with my favorite retailer, Amy Shaw from Greenjeans. Other friends and clients had a much more relaxing experience than the high anxiety of a show.
I recommend this approach to any artisan. It might be an interesting idea to group artisans in a block of rooms and share mailing lists to get more traffic. That has been done in the past with some success also. Glad to have done it. I will definately do it again!

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Susan Schwake said...

wonderful wonderful mary anne. i will consider this show next time. i love the way everything looks in these photos. very nice way of selling... much nicer than my javitz gruelling experiences.
good job, well done!

Anonymous said...

The display looks great mad! I especially like the dotted fabric.

Glad the show went well… Maybe I'll have to try something like this some time!

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Oh my!! The teapot too!! The photos are lovely of the displays of your fine art! I am glad your time was successful!

Greenjeans said...

I had such a good time at your trunk show this weekend, Mary Anne! And your pictures look great, better than mine came out. So I linked your post here to my blog. Can't wait to do it again!

Anonymous said...

Love the pictures MAD, next time I'll come along. i love the idea of a number of Artists. If I'm not mistaken I think Minneapolis does UMAGA "gift show" what ever they call it.
Congrads on your success.