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Re: Words out loud can be so hard (got long) Racer

Posted by Kath on January 12, 2008, at 21:07:47

In reply to Words out loud can be so hard (got long), posted by Racer on January 11, 2008, at 2:36:19

Hi Racer,

I experienced something SORT of similar. This Nov at our Guild's pottery sale.

Usually I sell about $240 worth of pottery. I do hand-building (not using the wheel). I make jewellry & lots of other things. I hope to SOMEday get a photo link of some of my stuff.

I can get pretty excited about some of my stuff & I get excited if I make more money. At a sale, I have a 'comfort zone' of selling 9 items. Once I sell 9, I can relax. I usually end up selling WAY more than that.

So THIS Nov, a lot of people came to the sale & potters did very well in their sales.

The sale is Thur, Fri & ends Sat at 5 pm.
On Fri nite I was "on duty" & added up my sales in a slack time. I'd made $600! Unheard of! I phoned hubby & was SOOO excited.
So, when I sent in near the end of the sale Sat & added up my sales I'd sold over $750 worth of my pottery! Was I excited? Nope. I got a huge "kick in the stomach" feeling. I felt really upset for at least 4 days, if not more. I was almost ashamed inside myself.

When I went to a doctor who I see for energy-type work & told her, she smiled & said, "Oh - so you're worth $600 but not more, eh?!"

I am now comfortable AND excited that I sold 60 items. It still seems totally impossible that I made that much money & sold that much stuff.

I don't really understand it. If someone said to me, "you're a talented potter!!" my mental reply would probably be, "well, people seem to like my stuff".
I make different things from lots of the other potters. One thing I make that's different is jewellry. This year a new potter had a WHOLE table full of jewellry. I got REALLY insecure. I felt that the only reason my jewellry was selling was that I was the only one making it. But this year I learned that that wasn't true.

I still haven't sorted the whole thing out.

When I read that you don't use patterns I was blown away! THAT is true TALENT!!!!!!!! And yes, it's designing & you're a designer!
And I don't use a pattern either! So I guess I'm a jewellry designer, in a sense....and THAT feels like a ridiculous thing to say. LOL

Aren't we silly?!

love, Kath




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