I have spent the last few weekends visiting various fairs and markets in and around Sydney tying to figure out what works and what doesn't and how best to attract the attention of visitors. I could not help noticing how few potters actually use this resource to sell their work. There are a few smart ones who seem to turn up to every show, but overall very few. Other arts and crafts are well represented - such as painting, woodwork, fabrics and jewellery, but if I am lucky I may find one potter - very occasionally two. That includes both arts and crafts markets and normal produce/general ones. I am trying to find out why by talking to potters as I go about my work buying things, and it seems so far that most find it difficult to "self promote" not to mention finding the time to "show" in addition to doing their clay work. If anyone has any other reason as to why we are so under represented I would love to hear it! At the moment I am hoping this is going to be a very important part of how we market Living Clay, so I need to get it right. More plans this weekend to visit the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and then to Millthorpe, by which time I think I will have a pretty good idea of what we have to do. .
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