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Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals

Christine Heisler
  • Female
  • Zionsville, IN
  • United States
  • Ceramic Art
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Christine Heisler's Discussions

2D photos of 3D work in booth

Started this discussion. Last reply by Diana Sue Yum-Bucher Jan 5, 2012. 6 Replies

Better late than never... Talbot Street

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jacki Bilsborrow Jul 28, 2011. 4 Replies

Need a better tent. Light Dome? Trim Line?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Oct 23, 2018. 6 Replies


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Your Medium
Ceramic Art
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Trader's Point Green Market.
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Selling stuff! I get a charge out of that. I also like meeting other artists, and I enjoy the customers.
Best show ever and why
Broad Ripple Art Fair, 2012. Great show.
Worst show ever and why
54th and Monon 2008. 12 inches of rain and WAY too much lightning.

Tried this show the next year, and my next door neighbor tried to sell cookies in front of my tent! After I asked her politely to move, she leaned on my tent, and almost upset an entire shelf of pottery.

I'm not going back this year.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Not sure...

Christine Heisler's Blog

A study you might be interested in

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 9:41am 4 Comments

I received this today as part of a newsletter from the Indiana Arts Commission and thought you all might want to read about how happy we all are whether we knew it or not.

National Study Suggests People Involved Professionally in the Arts are Happier

Studies of happiness and well-being suggest that participating in the arts should lead to increased life satisfaction, self efficacy,…


Interesting Words from Ann Arbor

Posted on July 27, 2014 at 8:30pm 10 Comments

I had a great time this year at Ann Arbor.  Amid the lovely, heartfelt compliments there were a few comments I "collected" and thought you all might get a chuckle out of them...

Two separate buyers assured me I shouldn't worry because my work would be "going to a good home."

A lady with a very obvious Chinese accent and a large camera pointed at my ceramic art:

"Is all of this made in the US?"

Another  lady scrutinizing the sculpted ceramic…


Question about details

Posted on September 9, 2012 at 1:01pm 1 Comment

I have a question regarding jury photos.  What do you all think about picture-in-picture details of a smaller part of the work in the photo?  Is it distracting, or does it give the jurors an opportunity to see the details of a large piece?  I make ceramic art with sculpted elements, so the whole piece is interesting, but there are details that would be missed by an overall photo.  Good or bad?  Thanks in advance for your input.

Pro Gallery Covers

Posted on November 2, 2011 at 12:57am 6 Comments

I am seriously considering investing in some mesh wall panels for my Trimline, and with the mesh panels I'm thinking of getting some Pro Gallery covers from Flourish.  Does anyone have experience with these, and possibly some photos?  The Flourish people don't have many photos to share, and I want to now more before I make the investment.  Thanks!

Insurance coverage?

Posted on October 9, 2011 at 4:08pm 5 Comments

I've checked through the blogs, and I've found a couple of companies mentioned that I plan to contact, but I welcome any other suggestions on this topic.  I'm interested in comparing a yearly insurance policy for art fairs against buying insurance for a single event.

Originally I contacted the agent who has our homeowner's policy and discovered that what State Farm offered was not only too expensive to be practical, but it also had a whopping deductible that pretty much made the…


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At 8:41pm on June 05, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Christine Heisler a gift
Christine, thanks so much for all your support. It is appreciated!
At 5:44pm on June 07, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Christine Heisler a gift
Many thanks for your support Christine!
At 7:17am on September 14, 2010, Anita Hopper said…
Hi Christine. I'm glad you wrote about Penrod. I've been wondering about how it went. I'm getting ready for Riverfront By Hand this week. It will be Friday through Sunday. Busy week! Anita
At 9:00am on May 22, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Christine Heisler a gift
Thanks for the recent offering, Christine. This helps build this community and makes it more meaningful. I appreciate it. Connie
At 8:47am on May 20, 2010, Christine Heisler said…
Ah, good news. Thank you, Nels. On one hand I'm glad, and on the other hand I was almost hoping for an excuse to buy one that's easier to put up that I could do by myself. I'm SO looking forward to 3rd St., and I really appreciate your comments about the various sections. Basically I hoped to get into 3rd St. because basically I'm a weenie about schlepping pottery, and the thought of parking behind my booth sounds wonderful!

Do you go to Madison Chautauqua? I'm trying to judge the amount of inventory I need for 3rd St. and wondered if there was a comparison between the 2 shows. I did Chautauqua last year though, and they said it was the worst in 22 years crowd-wise. Maybe I can compare it to Penrod? I'll be new to both of the shows this year, but I have a lot of friends who have done Penrod, and I've been there as a shopper at least.

I have SO much work to do...

Thanks again.
At 7:08am on May 20, 2010, Nels Johnson said…
your tent will be ok for 3rd street

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