Archive for November, 2011

Senator Rosenberg’s holiday gifts. by Angela Fina

Massachusetts State Senator Stan Rosenberg has been a supporter of western Massachusetts artists for the 25 years that he has been in the State government. He offers space in his Boston office for artists to display their work. He also selects a western Mass. artist each year to make the gifts he gives to the other legislators and the governor and other cabinet members.  
This year I was honored to be chosen to make the gifts, small spherical vases in 6 different colors.

Angela Fina




Senator Rosenberg’s holiday gifts


Senator Rosenberg’s holiday gifts


What’s It Worth

by Steve Earp

Twice during the last two shows I have been asked by customers about how I place value on my work.  The second time was due to the presence at the show of another potter who makes (somewhat) similar items but at phenomenally lower prices.  As I’m generally best at coming up with replies several days later, (it helps to spend hours alone driving home from a show) here’s my stab at it.

In particular, when comparing two potters’ work where one is considerably cheaper, the question of value is relevant to both potters, ie; not just “why is yours so expensive;” but equally “why is the other’s so cheap?”

There are probably several things that could be said.  For example, given the costs involved and the nature of the art market economy, I really don’t know how we can do retail at bargain basement prices and stay in business for too long.  Or I could go into a painfully long and overly aesthetic discourse on how I try to “go the extra mile…”

But perhaps a more straight forward response would be to ask the questioner to think of the item sitting on their shelf five years from now.  Will the fact that it was “kind of cute and really cheap” be enough to care whether it collects dust in the attic?