My Etsy shop has been largely empty for the past 2.5 years because I was so preoccupied with school and short of precious time to make anything that didn’t relate to school work. Just this week, I finally got around to photographing my ceramic jewelry that I made last fall – it’s about damn time if you ask me. Honestly, I forgot how time intensive it is to photograph and list items for Etsy and any other online venue. Plus, since the time I’ve been away, the interface has changed and I am relearning how to write decent copy and all the other steps it takes to promote work online.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems like the search function makes it much more difficult for buyers to find seller’s work on Etsy; especially in the ceramic category. I figure that it’s worth a shot though…. If you have any other venues that you consider successful, please do share.
Meanwhile, I am attempting to photograph and list 5 items a day until my current inventory is online – about 50 items to go. Speaking of product shots, I spent way too much time trying to get decent photographs of my work today using my fancy Nikon D90 DSLR. In the end, I took my photo setup outside and shot images using my iPhone and then edited the images using the Camera+ app (my #1 fave – 2nd is Snapseed). Who needs Photoshop anyway?
I am also back in my studio again which feels great. I have been using my new landscape architecture degree in a professional setting, but I miss clay. I miss making things. Yes, I design things, but live in front of my computer for work and I long to touch something tangible – immediate – and useful.
In addition to online venues for my work, I’m exploring retail outlets. I visited the Denver Botanic Gardens to day and obtained the contact + info required to sell in the gift shop and have been investigating other shops where my work might sell well. That would be a win-win situation for both the retail establishment and me.