WHERE TO CATCH UP WITH US NEXT
THE SAN FRANCISCO FEBRUARY SHOW FINALLY CAME TO A HALT,
A COUPLE OF WEEKS AFTER IT WAS SUPPOSED TO END.
IT WASN'T OUR GREATEST EXPERIENCE.
SANTA FE IN AUGUST REPORT: Last year, the pandemic shut down Indian Market along with most of the allied events. The reports suggest that 2021 will be more like business as usual. I'm planning to arrive in New Mexico on August 11 and start back home on August 23 after I've done Indian Market.
NOTE: We encourage you to make it to any upcoming shows we announce. Sometimes pots get to the show before we they get to the site. Even though we update pretty much weekly, every so often a wonderful piece (examples: a rare 19th-century Mojave or O'odham figurine, a Hopi seed jar later attributed to Nampeyo and a bargain-priced Lucy Lewis) sells at a show before we post it.
Meanwhile, if you don't have our latest pottery book, you should probably pick it up. The publisher seems to have dropped it from catalog, but we still have a few. Click on the picture for a description.
Thanks to COVID-19, the Objects of Art Show, which used to be the Marin Show until it moved to San Francisco, became a 100% virtual event. We'd never done a virtual show before, but we thought we'd be overwhelmed by new and old customers following us on Zoom. The great national sweep of this important show should have given me more than I could handle. We put up 60 pots and, as it turned out, had the largest and most varied pottery offering in the entire show.
We were hardly overwhelmed. I spent seven hours a day for the first four days, sitting in front of the computer waiting for a Zoom call, but didn't get a single one. The show's server broke down on the first day, which prompted the promoters to extend the show. It started with a preview on Wednesday and was supposed to end Sunday, but they continued it through the following Wednesday, then added a dealers-only extra week of postings.
In all that time, I made precisely two sales, and those were to two of the only three people who called. The third caller wanted a piece I'd just sold to the second caller. Fortunately, the two sales were big enough to cover my entry fee and a dinner out.
That show has always been important to us. We've done it every year since 1996, and we're determined to continue to support Kim Martindale. I can only hope we'll be back in San Francisco next February at a real in-person show. If it's still virtual, I may not bother.