This past weekend, I was at the Berkshires Art Festival in Great Barrington. It was a fun weekend, and my sister came out to help me. It was nice to have the assistance, but it was more wonderful to hang out together for a couple days, which we don't get to do often enough. During the weekend, I met many amazing artists and talked to lots of friendly visitors. I have to admit, before attending the Rhinebeck Crafts Festival and then the Berkshires, I was intimidated by the size and scope of these shows. Up until now, the markets I've participated in have been local, familiar, and relatively new. Both of these are well established and respected. I didn't know if I was ready...but I was.
When talking to the other artists, almost all of them are full-time makers, traveling from show to show. Career traveling artisans...if that's what you want to call them. I've spoken and written many times about how my goal is to be a full-time potter, supporting myself off my ceramics. Even though every year I feel like I get one step closer, there is always a voice in the back of my head saying it's never going to happen.
After these shows, and seeing the commitment others have put into making and selling their craft, I can't help but feel as if I am already doing what needs to be done to meet my goal. There is interest in what I'm doing, and if I can make it, I can sell it. As long as I keep pushing forward and step out of my own way, I don't see any reason why I can't make the dream a reality, sooner than later.
There is the saying "you can achieve anything you set your mind to" and it's true. Every person who has supported me through my site and at markets, and also through words of encouragement online and off, have helped keep me on track. I offer a heartfelt thank you and acknowledgement I am not doing this on my own.