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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Do I make what sells or what I love?

[caption id="attachment_1304" align="aligncenter" width="285"]Polymer clay Troll Troll[/caption]

Sometimes, it takes one comment to make you start to think. One Facebook today when I posted a link to the bride and groom I made yesterday, one follower let me know she didn't like it. Rather than delete it, I decided to ask why. She said it was really simple and had no detail, all I could say was the bride liked it.

Later she apologized and all I could think was, she's right. I make a lot of pieces just because they will sell, not because I like them. I started with polymer clay because I enjoyed it and making pieces like this troll or the oil painted ornaments really gets me going but they don't seem to sell.

What happens when your craft becomes a business but all you are selling are the pieces you make just because they will sell? What happens to the creative side and being able to focus on your own ideas. I've worked hard to try and make this a business when all I wanted to do originally was create and hopefully a few people would like my work and I make some space for new pieces.

Sometimes, I hate getting insights, especially when they are right and I have been going in the other direction.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for writing this article. I think this is great and it allowed me to remember why I make what I make. My items sell "okay" but I'm making what I want and love and that's what makes me happy.

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