Author: Handmade Business

Tombstone, Ariz.: A Town Not Too Tough for Handmade Art

Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

regional-vignette-december-2008-2Tombstone, Ariz., site of the infamous shoot-out at the O.K. Corral, has been called lots of things over the years: The Wickedest Town in the West, The Town Too Tough to Die, and similar monikers reflecting the rough-and-tumble nature of this windswept patch of desert an hour south of Tucson and an hour north of the Mexican border. But calling it a hub of creativity, a haven for craft artisans, a destination for those interested in quality handmade art? It’s not as big a stretch of the imagination as one might think.

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Shine a Little Light

craft-matters-november-2008I just did a nine-day outdoor retail show. If this story doesn’t make sense, well, you try making sense after a nine-day outdoor retail show. …Parts of New Hampshire actually flooded that week from all the rain we had. I’m still a little grumpy. Does it show? Anyway, I had to reconfigure my lights during setup. That got me thinking about my history with booth lighting. It’s a long, sad tale with a happy ending, so bear with me.

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The Myth of Instant Success

beginning-business-november-2008It’s far too easy to look at a successful crafter and assume that you, too, can achieve that level of success. But here’s the thing: you can. Remember, the crafter you admire did not achieve that level of success immediately. Nor will you. And never forget the far greater number of crafters you can’t see, because they’re no longer in business.

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Ancient Tradition Survives in Modern Memorials

insight-gained-november-2008-4The verdant hills and dark hollows that surround potter Keith Lahti’s home in the rugged Appalachian Mountains of central West Virginia belong to one of the oldest mountain ranges on Earth. Exposed rock formations found along riverbanks and cliffs offer a timeline in geology and natural history reaching back to the earliest days of mankind and millions of years beyond. After working with clay for over 35 years in the shadows of this awe-inspiring environment, it’s little wonder that Lahti’s creations are so thoroughly infused with a sense and spirit of the past, even as he embraces a growing new niche market for memorial urns that has arisen in the 21st century.

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Tips for Working Efficiently with a Consulting Service

For the past two months, we have discussed the advantages and disadvantages of using an outside marketing company for your marketing needs, and also how to choose that marketing company should you decide to use this option. So after you have chosen the most appropriate marketing company for your company’s needs, it is important to maintain this business relationship so that it delivers the most value possible.

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