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Judy Christian
  • Bellefonte, PA
  • United States
  • ceramics
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Good News- Getting Your Number for Wait List

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn on Friday. 1 Reply

I am on the wait list for SC Artisphere. I contacted the show to get info as well as my place number for the list, which was given to me. Very nice.I'm opened Zapp to apply to another show and I see…Continue

Tags: number, list, wait

Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Oct 16. 23 Replies

I haven't thought this out- just quickly posting-I'm going to be vague here because I don't know if this will turn into a legal problem.I was just notified by email by a third party, for a company…Continue

Tags: trademark

How to take a year off from a show?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Jun 19. 3 Replies

When everyone who sees you at a show tells you that they bought from you in the past, and they love their PAST purchases-How do you take a year or two off, then return?I have been able to do this…Continue

Need info Health Ins for self employed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Jan 19. 12 Replies

The last time that I had health ins for my husband and myself was in 2008 through an insurance agent for $10,000 emergency plan.We are currently insured under my husband's plan at his work, but he…Continue

Tags: Employed, Self, Insurance, Health

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Judy Christian replied to Sherry Pelletier's discussion What category am I?
"Yes, you are right. I do know Zapp is not asking for an "artist statement," noticed what I wrote as soon as I pushed the add reply button. Sorry. But, yes, it can get confusing, especially to those of us who do not write too many actual…"
yesterday
Judy Christian commented on Nels johnson's blog post Setting up my booth in the driveway—and making lots of moola
"As to the taking advantage of an opportunity, I agree, thanks for the wake-up Nels. If you have some smaller less expensive items, there are places to be, close to home, especially over Nov-Dec. Small shows/fairs, not prestigious, but some sales…"
Friday
Larry Sohn replied to Judy Christian's discussion Good News- Getting Your Number for Wait List
"Great idea. I wish all shows would do that. I've requested to know from shows and been told, NO. They will not reveal. various reasons but, No.  I understand their myriad reasons, why, however I disagree with the reasons."
Friday
Judy Christian posted a discussion

Good News- Getting Your Number for Wait List

I am on the wait list for SC Artisphere. I contacted the show to get info as well as my place number for the list, which was given to me. Very nice.I'm opened Zapp to apply to another show and I see my wait list number-right there on the opening page with my shows! I have not been on many wait lists so perhaps this is normal- but I think it's great to be able to see your number. Wonderful if all shows would do that!See More
Thursday
Judy Christian replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Newer Artist Looking for Good Mid-level Show in Ohio
"Yes to what Connie said.  Also, Akron Art Expo Hardesty Park in July, Lakewood one day, beginning of August. Chagrin Falls, 2 day June,  Willoughby, one day July, Cain Park 3 day, July. also to view- Columbus in June,  Cincinnatti (…"
Thursday
Judy Christian replied to Sherry Pelletier's discussion What category am I?
"When I write an artist statement for Zapp shows, it is strictly explaining technique.  However-  I have applied to other shows that seem to want something else. Sorry to hijack thread- but here are artists at the future Smithsonian…"
Thursday
Judy Christian replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Newer Artist Looking for Good Mid-level Show in Ohio
"Hi Sonja, I know of lots of Ohio shows-can you be more specific as to what area? Are you interested in NE Ohio?"
Wednesday
Judy Christian replied to Sherry Pelletier's discussion What category am I?
"I see wood category. And that is good-because you have something different!"
Wednesday
Judy Christian replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this weekend? Dec. 9-10, 2017?
"Nothing related to business except trying to push a few small pots online (etsy). Last week I fired and Friday I packed orders. Later today I'm going out to buy some more boxes for shipping. But nothing that is pressure or too busy-nice!"
Dec 10
Judy Christian replied to Carol Bloomgarden's discussion Anything new in wholesaling? Mostly old posts here...
"Hi Carol, Could you be more specific? How do you currently sell your work? Are you looking for galleries, gift shops, museum shops?  I have wholesaled to all of those, usually one or two shops going at a time.  You can get started without…"
Dec 2
Judy Christian replied to Kathryn Kienle's discussion Please critique my jury and booth photos
"I think that you booth looks appealing for your customers, for the style of jewelry that you have. It is very cozy and soft looking and it would be pleasant for a woman to shop in there. It may not be what jurors look for, though, but I don't…"
Nov 29
Judy Christian commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
"Well, I say "go for it" then, and best wishes. Myself, I cannot fathom planning my business year based on an unconfirmed, unsubstantiated, unverified, unknown, anonymous paragraph found as a facebook post, that cannot be documented…"
Nov 27
Judy Christian commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
"Hi Walt, Please don't be concerned about the lengths of the documents. The Tax Relief Act in 1997 (Clinton) was also very enormously long.  So far, there is nothing to point us in this direction. Judy"
Nov 27
Judy Christian commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
"I went through 30 pages starting at page 138 and I don't see what you are concerned about.  I saw some sole proprietors not needing to account for inventory, which I have never done anyway, on my own returns, or when I have done returns…"
Nov 27
Judy Christian commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
"I went back to www.irs.gov and looked up mortgage deduction changes for 2018 and found "nothing new at this time" posted there."
Nov 26
Judy Christian commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this?
"I prepared taxes years ago, while I needed to take some time off from my artist business due to health (muscle problems). The go-to place for any questions was irs.gov Here is what I found- I don't have time to pick around, but maybe someone…"
Nov 26

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Three CT Shows in 3 years - Short Report

Posted on August 30, 2017 at 11:12am 0 Comments

Please feel free to comment or make any opinions, thank you.

Dates, may not be exact, just posting from memory.

Three small shows along the CT coast, all in small scenic pleasant towns. Easy to do. 

1. 2015 -Guildford CT, Craft Expo, mid July. Set up easy Fri morning for me. Grassy center of town green area. Show Hours were easy- Fri from 3-8 pm or something like that. Sat and Sun, no long hours. Tear down easy.

Fee for customers. Quality was good, booth fee…

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Two PA shows- Mt. Gretna and State College- short report

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 12:31pm 7 Comments

Just a quick post with a little info on two shows.

Anyone, please feel free to add or comment.

Mt. Gretna Art Show, Mt. Gretna, PA

Jenifer VonStein posted a bit back on Mt. Gretna Art Show.

Thought I would add. I have done this show about 7-8 times over the past 10 years.

This show is a two day mid August. Situated in scenic Mt. Gretna, PA.

Wonderful setting.  Trees, grass, decent food and background music.

Apps are on Zapp :…

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Reston VA Show, a short report

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 9:27am 22 Comments

Two things:

1. Beautiful show, great work, great presentation, great food, great looking crowd,

in a sophisticated area (DC). Perfect. Show committee did a wonderful job here. Everything was great.

2. Sales. Not. 

The customers that I had all told me the same thing---they WALKED from their condo to the show!

This show was too good to not be visited by people from the greater DC area- where were they?

 For a $500 booth fee, $50 jury…

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Manayunk Art Show 2013

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 9:00am 38 Comments

Here are a few thoughts on the show, while they are fresh in my mind:

Manayunk, June 22, 23, 2013.

 

Large street show, variety of work, good quality and some ok work.

Nice area, nice atmosphere.

Interspersed in between booths- commercial booths- 5 Hour Energy, Geiceo, etc.

Also gave out tons of free yogurt near me- tons, so people were carrying entire BOXES of cold yougurt, hands full, and I would say no longer shopping as they just received some…

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At 8:32pm on October 6, 2011, Connie Mettler said…
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At 7:44pm on August 20, 2014, Nate Feinberg said…

Thank God for you.   I thought that I was strictly alone regarding my comments.  As old as I am I am still stunned that some people (very, very few) are watching The Ed show!  I am open to all opinions within reason and listen to different discussions but I do not tolerate stupidity-and that is what we have so much of.  I am honored to be your friend and please keep in touch.

Nate

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