This post is for fellow artists — not customers. (Customers please read. It will make you an informed consumer.)
I’ve grown to love Luann Udell from her regular column in Crafts Report magazine and an interview on the podcast Craftcast. She’s wise and funny and very talented. She wrote the following article for Fine Art Views.
At the Indiana Artisan’s Marketplace last spring a friend and former employer came to visit. She owned a pair of high end cookware retail shops. My wife and I split a full time job and worked in the shop evenings. Sharon is a master retailer and critiqued my booth and sales methods during her visit. She really gave me a hard time about how I answered this question. She and Luann seem to agree. (I knew they right, but didn’t know how else to handle it. Luann fills the gap for me here.)
Questions You Don’t Have to Answer: How Long Did That Take You to Make?
by Luann Udell
Today I met some friends for coffee. All of us are artists, and we’d recently been part of a local art tour.
One of our members made short videos of the artists in their studios. One video in particular came up, where an artist is asked how long it takes her to make her art. I commented that she never should have answered that question, especially the way she did.
For me, it was a no-brainer. But the others questioned me, though they agreed they always get that question. And they always, always hate it when they asked.
“Easy,” I said. “Don’t answer it!”
But why not?