The business of crafts: Some take it seriously
By Sarah Smith
Crafters are an interesting lot.
Some do it for business. Some do it for pleasure. Some do it to sell their inventory and start anew.
All three were present at Century School over the weekend as part of the 2nd annual Winter Wonderland’s Snowflake & Candy Cane Holiday Show.
Potter Dave Hudson of Pennington is a businessman.
“I make a meager living as a potter,” he acknowledged. The elegant blue pottery bowls and other pieces found an audience, however.
Hudson started by selling to friends, who told other friends. He held Raku parties to get friends interested in making pots.
He uses a blue glaze on many of his works. Pulled thin enough, the glaze turns green and adorns his pottery with various stripes.
“I’m small enough to keep my weaving habit going,” said Nancy Baer of Park Rapids. “To do custom baskets is too hard” so she doesn’t do a lot of custom work.
Sandy Fynboh is an Akeley jeweler who makes elegant pieces for a living. She’s just added on to her studio and was the beneficiary of a Region 2 Arts Fellowship. She will be going to Atlanta for 10 days to attend a class on butterflies. She owns Blue Sky Beads and adheres to a fairly strict business plan.
Dawn Erickson was crocheting pot holders just to keep up with demand. She cans fruits, vegetables and other items. She said she does a show every weekend from October through December.