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Shattering Glass Myths

On a scale of difficulty from 1 to 10, the photography of glass is right up there at 11 or 12. By comparison, the photography of polished gold jewelry is a mere 9. Photographing glass requires much more attention to detail than with any other craft....

Time Bandit

It's ironic that Long Island artist Susan "Sue" Beatrice has become known for her absolutely captivating sculptures made from watch pieces, clock gears, and other mechanical gadgets that smack of bygone Victorian elegance. Adept and versatile, the...

Overseas Odyssey

When many people reach the age of 50, they experience what pop culture calls a "midlife crisis." For these birthday celebrants, they seek out that shiny red Corvette they always desired, the built-for-speed Harley they always lusted after, or the...

Focus: Glass

"The Mbola pieces are the direction that my newer pieces are going," states Carrie Gustafson. "These pieces have been a real breakthrough for me. They have pushed me in technical capacities, as well as creatively. They have also allowed me to work...

Catching Flies with Honey

It seems like such an easy thing to say bad things about your competition, especially if you have a legitimate reason. In truth, however, badmouthing can come back to bite you in the butt ... big time. My husband and I have operated our woodcraft...

Handing Out Wisdom

Comic Lily Tomlin once observed that society couldn’t function if we all grew up to be what we dreamed of as children: ''Imagine a world populated by nothing but nurses and ballerinas, firemen and cowboys! Who would pick up the trash?'' That wry...

On Borrowed Time

Without much fear of contradiction, one can say that artists want to exhibit their work and sell their work, too. Getting an exhibition opportunity and making a sale, however, is rarely a given, leading artists to try alternatives. Some artists have...

Making the Leap

Jennifer Marie Hofmann has been making soap since 2009. It all started with one batch of soap and she couldn't stop. Fascinated by the science of soapmaking, she found it was the design possibilities that captured her love for the craft. She...

Where Creativity Thrives

In this competitive day and age, professionals from all walks of life have their eyes set on improving their skills in order to remain relevant in the job market. Understanding the latest advances in your field keeps you relevant rather than...

Sheep of Fools

As readers of my column know, I've been clearing out my home and art studio as we prepared for our move to California. Most people describe their homes as X number of bedrooms and baths. We describe ours in terms of storage space--2.5 attics, 2...

How do I Approach Galleries?

Start at the beginning. You’ll have to decide whether you’re going to offer pieces you make in multiples or only one-of-a-kind items. I’d suggest you consider some of both. The production pieces could be the bulk of your offerings and the...

Wholesale Artists Shine

''I hand fabricate everything from silver and gold, and draw my inspiration from a combination of architecture and nature. I enjoy balancing strong structures with delicate textures and patterns,'' says Megan Clark. www.meganclarkjewelry.com Garden...

Business Tips A to Z

The mission of is to inform, instruct, and inspire both the beginning and the established professional craftsperson and crafts retailer. Here are some of the best insights from this past year. New designs are really key to driving sales. I have a...

Pearls of Wisdom

When Anne Bliss heads to her local grocery store, she's sure to return with more than just what she's penned on her list. A trip to the supermarket or her nearby mall ends with "compliments all the time while I'm out. I hear the identical feedback...

Order Up!

The Brooklyn-based artist works under the moniker of Object + Totem. Her ceramic creations have been sold at upscale boutiques and specialty shops, and her jewelry has been available at Anthropologie. Ahn sees herself as a new breed of clay artist,...

Knock on Wood

Woodworkers talk a lot about the "touch" of wood; that is, its nature, its textures, and particularly how it feels in the hand. For a photographer, the challenge is to convey the tactile sensation of the wood in a flat image. Lighting plays a...

Reflecting Upon Reflectors

Using reflectors is habit-forming because they are just such an easy way to get better pictures--although sometimes it can get a little extreme. Once, while touring a museum, I was asked by the public relations director to take a quick shot of a...

Facebook 101

It's easy to think of Facebook as simply a social networking website where young people hang out and connect with their friends. Surprisingly, one in five Facebook users are actually between the ages of 35 and 54, accounting for the fastest-growing...

Retail Marketing

When running a craft business, there are two basic divisions in sales type: retail (selling directly to the customer) and wholesale (selling to a middleman, who sells to the customer). It's entirely possible to do both, of course. But, the common...

Kentucky Crafted: The Market

So how does someone with a Ph.D. in biochemistry become an artist with such a unique product? While completing her doctoral studies, her husband encouraged her to pursue a hobby to relieve her of the stress of research work. Senetar joined a local...
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