May 12, 2014

Best Made Local – Makers Market in Buckingham

Best Made Local Makers Market

Best Made Local mosaic

Best Made Local Maker’s Market

I had a great day in Buckingham on Saturday. Meeting new customers, viewing other makers work and networking are always enjoyable at these kind of events.

My vases seemed to be the most popular of my pieces on the day. It’s funny how one item such as coasters are the highest selling product at one event, and then something completely different takes off at another event.

makers market Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics

It’s nice to listen to feedback and lovely comments from customers. Lots of people are usually attracted to the glass in the bottom of my dishes and like to touch it. I always display a sign urging customers “Please feel free to pick up and touch”, as I think it is important to physically hold and look all around my pieces, because being unique one-offs, each piece is always so different.

ceramic bud vases and mini ceramic art

Below was part of the ‘Coastal Corner’. I decided to display a range of pieces all related to the same seaside theme.

The Coastal Corner

Handmade ceramics

These handmade ceramic buttons below were purchased by a lady who is going to use them to adorn her handmade journals. What a nice idea!

handmade ceramic buttons

My new range of products took off nicely – in particular the ceramic curves. I was pleased with all of the positive comments I heard.

ceramic curves, wall planter and buttons

I was particularly pleased to have sold a large terra-cotta vessel at the market. I was only just having a conversation with another stall holder about old pieces we had had for a while and wanted to sell. Once I have hung onto a particular piece for a long time, I begin to dislike it and think that others dislike it because it hasn’t sold. We were discussing the fact that these pieces should still be displayed because one day someone will come along and fall in love with it… and then bingo! That is what happened with my terra-cotta vessel! I am very pleased it has finally found a new home 🙂

ceramic vase display

I will also be exhibiting at the following Best Made Local Maker’s Markets later in the year:

  • 8th November 2014 – Towcester Town Hall.
  • 6th December 2014 – York House, Stony Stratford.

Hope to see you there!

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