Tuesday, January 20, 2009
ARTographing Our Work
Linda at Blue Starr Gallery asked a good question yesterday, how do other artists sign their pottery? She also asked for input on a new mark she was creating and there are some good comments and input (though varied) on her Blog. I feel that signing, tagging, “packaging” or adding an original mark to works are essential as pricing, to generate sales. Those finishing touches are the business end of artmaking that some artists may find unpleasant but necessary.
The mark I chose to use on my clay is a re-do of an old mark that I used to use to use in school. The mark is of a Nautilus shell, a very meaningful design with references to the Golden Ratio that I enjoyed doing research on. My tags that I use on my metal work is a folded business card that I hole punch and tie on with a strip of batik fabric. I print them 5 across on index weight paper from my HP Laser Printer, then trim to size. I like to vary the collage design, color and artwork on the “cover” of the card. The card folds in the middle and the title of the work and Gallery price sticker are neatly inside.