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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 Dec 14, 2017. 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, 2017. 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, 2017. 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, 2017. 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 commented on Debbie Barnett's blog post web site hosts
"If you also have a shop site on one of the shared sites such as etsy, ebay, amazon, you can get traffic and direct it to your own website. Ideally, I would like to do that. It's allowed, but the shared sites have some rules, such as not trying…"
5 hours ago
Judy Christian replied to Greg Little's discussion Selling on Amazon Handmade
"Having a shop on etsy or your own website are probably not much different in the need to continually refresh everything. That may not be the same for everyone, but that seems to be where I put much of my time. Especially shooting new photos. A good…"
Judy Christian replied to Greg Little's discussion Selling on Amazon Handmade
"I would love to explain things better, because I feel that others need to know and realize that even if you are doing nothing wrong, there is a way to get you kicked off these sites. Very hypothetical-  Say you sell handmade pink watermelon…"
Feb 15
Judy Christian replied to Greg Little's discussion Selling on Amazon Handmade
"Again, Cindy, you are correct. And now I am learning about all of this, also. I currently have an attorney, so I cannot discuss. I believe it would be ok for me to post this: It is very easy to have someone get your shop closed down. Not the same as…"
Feb 15
Judy Christian replied to Greg Little's discussion Selling on Amazon Handmade
"Hi Greg, I have been on etsy for some years. I started there because I have no other internet presence and I wanted to learn about selling online. It has been a good experience for me in that I have learned a lot. I agree with Cindy in that it is…"
Feb 15
Judy Christian replied to peter brown's discussion Big vs little update
"Years ago, I got a form letter rejection letter that said-  " Your work was rejected because of the reason checked:" 1. Poor quality of work. 2. Poor quality of slides. ( Yes, that long ago) 3. Your work was fine, but too many…"
Feb 14
Judy Christian replied to Peter Geiger's discussion New booth shot would like some input
"I think that it looks fine but I am no expert on booth shots. Have you ever had a dark booth? I point this out because if you are not used to it, you may not like it, especially on a dark or rainy day. I tried darkening mine- only the shelves- and…"
Feb 12
Judy Christian replied to Paula Decker Haynes's discussion Easton Art Affair in Columbus, Ohio
"When I lived in Ohio, I never heard anyone say that they did this show. Others that may be worth looking at---Kettering-1 day in Aug, Upper Arlington-1 day, I think, Sept. Also a show in Westerville, 2 day in July, but have no idea how it is doing…"
Feb 8
Judy Christian replied to peter brown's discussion Bigger or smaller shows
"No, but I live on the other side of the country. That looks like the type of show that I am talking about, though."
Dec 22, 2017
Judy Christian replied to peter brown's discussion Bigger or smaller shows
"Peter,  I suggest that you look at shows that are one step higher than what you are currently doing. Outdoor art shows one or two day, with a booth fee $150-$300. Traffic of 7,000-12,000 or so, an established show. You will have to put more…"
Dec 21, 2017
Judy Christian replied to peter brown's discussion Bigger or smaller shows
"Forgot to mention that although I only did 5 shows last year, they were in 5 different states. So you can see, it isn't that easy to get to the right ones."
Dec 20, 2017
Judy Christian replied to peter brown's discussion Bigger or smaller shows
"Peter,  Do you have hotel expenses with these shows? I don't go by booth fee price as much as other data. It is a bit of research, what works for one artist could be a total flop for another. I suggest being able to identify your customer,…"
Dec 20, 2017
Judy Christian replied to Allan Leon's discussion To price-label or not question
"To anyone who does not show their prices- to make a comment- you are not thinking about the customer, as that does not benefit them. When I'm in my booth I have my business cap full on. The world market is huge and people have expectations when…"
Dec 18, 2017
Judy Christian replied to Carol Bloomgarden's discussion Anything new in wholesaling? Mostly old posts here...
" I suggest finding 3 shops that you think would be able to sell your work, contact them and make an appt. When you go, take what you think would sell in their shop, and arrange in a rounded out grouping so that they can see a range of your work…"
Dec 17, 2017
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…"
Dec 15, 2017
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…"
Dec 15, 2017

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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…


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 :…


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…


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.


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