Finally the pottery is back in the pottery and the car is in the garage. Open Studios is done for the year. I spent the last day demonstrating on the potters wheel, which is usually good for getting people to stop and have a look.
Sure enough there were some interested people and it’s always an ice-breaker to start a conversation. It was Tonbridge Carnival day and so families passing with children were passing on their way to or from the parade and some stopped in to have a look.
I have to say, not so many as in previous years though, despite it being a lovely day and plenty of people about. The same was true for the days I was not demonstrating: visitor numbers for open studios, or at least my studio in particular, were definitely down. Sales were down too, in spite of our supposedly being out of recession and confidence being on the up.
The event overall has been profitable though. In addition to the sales there were also intangible benefits: lots of positive comments and more people have discovered that I’m here. In the past that has resulted in requests for pots at a later date.
My next pottery event is for Tonbridge Arts Festival. There is an exhibition taking place at K College during the festival. There is also a craft fair outside the Angel Centre in town on 5th July and I’ll be demonstrating on the wheel at that.