I’ve enjoyed looking back on my blog to see what progress I’ve made over the past year. It will be interesting to see what 2010 brings. In my last post I mentioned an ambitious new years resolution. It’s something I’ve always thought about doing since I was at uni, but I was put off but my tutor who thought it wouldn’t be the right path to go down.
Anyway, I’ve decided I want to give it a go. I’m aiming to stock my work in a garden centre this year! Since a lot of my ceramics are suitable for outdoor use, I’m hoping it will be a good idea to approach garden centres. I’ve had success with galleries and will continue to restock my current gallery stockists but I want to try something different as well.
I’ve had a look around a few near-by garden centres and I’m aware that most items like pots, vases, trinket gifts, decorations and ornamental items are sold in batches of the same thing – just like other shops. However all of my work is made as individual one-offs, so I would need to find out if a display of my individual one-off items would be ok, or if I would need to make batches of items the same or similar.
At my local garden centre there is a nice gift shop that sells handmade glassware and other gifts (its all quite expensive!), so I might see if my coasters, clocks, magnets and brooches could fit in there too. I’m excited just thinking about it!
I’d really appreciate any hints, tips or thoughts anyone could give if you have experience approaching shops with your work. I’m comfortable approaching galleries but I think a garden centre in particular will be much different.