Today I went ahead and signed up for a table/booth for the Valentines day sale at SIUC. (Not a great website, but it gives you the basics I guess.) It is not a very big thing; it only looked like 15-20 people had signed up so far. I figured I didn't have anything going on in February though, so I would go ahead and give it a shot.
I needed to get some new stuff done for a wholesale thing before February so I went ahead and made some stuff for the Valentines day sale too. Now at first I was not too fond the whole kitchy, make things for specific holidays thing. I had mixed feelings about making stuff specifically for this show, but I did it anyway...sort of.
I started writing some sort of diatribe about selling out by making stuff you wouldn't normally make for the holidays. As I was working on it, though, it got kind of convoluted and messy, so instead I will just refer you to a previous post on Ron Philbeck's blog about making Christmas ornaments. There is some good discussion on there about the perceived pottery class system and making what you enjoy making vs. making schlock to turn a quick buck. If you haven't read it yet, check it out.
As far as the stuff for the Valentine's day sale, I don't think it falls into the schlock category. I really enjoyed making (most) of the things I made. That anatomical heart and the robots will definitely be coming back in the future. And that was the general consensus on Ron's blog: if you enjoy making it, who gives a shite what other people say about it.
So what is the next holiday, St. Patrick's day? I think I can work with that. Until then...
-Rob, simple Circle Studios