Happy 2011! And oh--a new years resolution!

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Wow-the new year is here, I've done 117 posts since I created my blog, and I was thinking.......how many jobs do I do?  My new years resolution for 2011 is to streamline my jewelry business by farming out some of the jobs I do.  So I started making a list..... and here goes:

Photographer: taking shots for my Etsy shop, jurying into shows, my web & blog site

Booth Designer: marketing my work at fine art festivals, working on presentation of my work, signage

Accounting: keeping track of expenses, paying sales tax, income taxes

Web and Blog:  I do have a web designer, but I write my own blog, and try, try to update it as much as I can

Marketing/Branding:  I was a graphic designer, so know Photoshop & Illustrator, and do my own marketing

Sales Manager: I sell my work at shows, I have work at galleries on consignment, I keep track of what has sold, what inventory needs to be re-stocked

Buyer:  scoping out new items at the local gem shows, hunting through Tucson for unusual items to include in my work

Yikes, I'm tired!  Does anyone else feel like a whirlwind all of the time?  After thinking about streamlining my jewelry business, I began to think about how many art things do I do?

Jewelry Designer:  metal clay & silversmithing, maker of the Craig Hospital broken man charm

Ceramist: work with earthenware clay and am a member of the Colorado Potters Guild

Lampwork Artist:  work with soft glass when my garagio studio is not too cold....member of the Bead Cluster

Teacher:  I teach kids art camps: jewelry making, clay & cooking

On the up-side, I am never bored.  I feel blessed I'm able to work & do the things I love.  I've met great people and made great friends through the art world I'm involved in.  I love creating, teaching, taking classes, exploring new mediums.  So in 2011, I'll work on giving up some of these jobs--anyone know a good bookkeeper to start?

Fall is approaching, or is it here yet?

It's been such a warm fall, I'm ready to put on a jacket and feel a little chill in the air.  I've been busy laying out the Colorado Potters Guild postcard for our fall show.  I do the layout in Adobe Illustrator & edit the photos in Photoshop.  I wanted a different background, and first took a bunch of photos of fall trees, plants, etc.  I tried editing them in Photoshop but they all seemed too busy.   One of the members suggested I use an up close photo of some glaze.  So, here's the final layout--pretty dramatic, huh?  Also, some of the shots I attempted for the background.  

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Busy Bee

[caption id="attachment_641" align="aligncenter" width="490" caption="Colorado Potters Spring Show & Sale, May 6, 7, & 8"][/caption] Aside from making jewelry, teaching, and attending to my family, I am also a part of the cooperative, Colorado Potters Guild.  As a retired graphic designer, I have been recruited to design the postcard for the twice yearly sale.  I just finished it and uploaded it into the world wide web for printing.  Our spring sale will be here soon, May 6, 7, & 8.  It's a week later this year.  We are very fortunate to have a member who brings a photography set up to our show, and we photograph our pieces so they are available for advertising our future shows.

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