My First Makers Market!

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December 1 & 2, 2018 I did my very first show! It was the Alchemy Initiatives Handmade Holiday Festival at The Stationary Factory in downtown Dalton. A great organization, a great space, a great vibe and great makers and customers!

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I told myself last year I was doing it this year. Encouraged by a fellow maker Hey Kate Kimball! I put in my application as soon as applications opened for the coveted 65 spots. This being my first show and knowing I didn’t have enough to fill a whole 10x10 foot space I asked my best friend Nicole Sage if she wanted to share a booth with her beautiful, minimal, functional ceramics. She lives in Boston now, but she’s from here and was excited to have her first show in the Berkshires!

We’ve been friends since our college days where we actually met in the ceramics building at UMASS Amherst. Neither of us ended up majoring in ceramics but instead we both chose Graphic Design. Coming from such similar backgrounds and education it’s no coincidence that our styles compliment each other and are a natural match even though we are working in completely different mediums.

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The week leading up to the festival everything came together so smoothly i know the universe is leading me in the direction of doing more fairs and making more rings. I set a very modest goal on what I wanted to achieve at the fair, which I met. What I didn’t factor into my goals were perhaps the most valuable aspects that ill take away from these two days: The comradely between fellow makers, especially C.E. Golden, the trial and error of my displays, and how much more fun it was sharing a booth with Nicole Steiner because we both got to go to the bathroom whenever we wanted to! hahaha.

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