Hi! I’m Kate Gatski, one half of Gatski Metal.
Over the years, we’ve built a creative business through trial and error. We’ve learned that we have to balance the making we love with selling and putting ourselves out there. The balance isn’t always easy. But the freedom we find in making our own path is exhilarating.
In this space, I want to share my thoughts and reflections on building our creative enterprise. But I also want to answer your questions and help you pioneer your own creative venture. If you have a question, you can ask it here.
And if you would like more personal help, I am happy to offer a one-on-one consultation. When you sign up, you’ll send me your shop link(s). I will spend two hours reviewing your shop and making recommendations, and send you a detailed written assessment. You can purchase a two-hour review for $100 here. Once you purchase, I will confirm your consultation and let you know when you can expect my reply.
If you have any questions, please do reach out here. I love hearing from you!
To Etsy and Back – Join the ClassRead more
This summer I had the pleasure of traveling to the Etsy headquarters in Brooklyn. Leaving our quiet little hill before the break of dawn and arriving in the middle of the city around 9AM left me feeling slightly overwhelmed & very awestruck. I got a grip and went into the large building within which Etsy lives. I was there to
Why You Should Sell on EtsyRead more
Whether you are a hobby crafter or a fine artist, I recommend selling on Etsy. Why? 1. The Smarts factor. Etsy attracts smart customers in droves. They might be shopping for a crocheted scrubbie or an impressionist painting- either way, they have a discerning eye. Your customer is smart. They can tell the difference- and they will find you. Etsy
Tell Your Everyday Story, Or not?Read more
I do believe there is great power in your everyday. Learn how to unearth it with a simple exercise in Tell Your Everyday Story . This article I wrote was met with some criticism. This inspired a response piece by textile artist Wai-Yuk called, “What Does Trivial Mean.” The gist of these criticisms
Crazy is a ToolRead more
What have you learned from crazy lately? Early on we set up at Brimfield one of the largest outdoor flea markets in eastern US. Our wild, hardscrabble neighbor screamed, “You Fool!” at anyone who didn’t stop into his booth. He also had a tattoo on the inside of his lip and you don’t even want to know what it
Resting & ReadingRead more
It’s been about two weeks since I launched our ebook. I took a little time to gather myself. I loved writing this ebook for you. There were some challenging moments when words would not come, sickness came and time came and went too fast. Those passed and we kept plugging away. I’m really glad we did. The book found its
It’s Here! All Craft. A Recipe to Make It PayRead more
Welcome! Thank you for being here. I would like to introduce you to my new project… All Craft. A Recipe to Make it Pay I believe You are talented, creative and thoughtful. You apply artistry and skill to create a unique and beautiful object because you love doing it. But you also want to make a living from your craft,
Your Plan. All Craft. A Recipe to Make It PayRead more
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnQ89cnfnEc&feature=youtu.be Please do sign up for our project All Craft. A Recipe to Make It Pay. We will be launching it next Wednesday April 25th.
Introduction to All Craft. A Recipe to Make it PayRead more
On April 25 we are officially introducing our new project call All Craft. A Recipe to Make it Pay. We believe that craft can support your life. It can pay all your bills. It can pay for your benefits. It can pay for investments, travel and college funds for your kids. Craft can do what any decent normal job will
All Craft. A Recipe to Make it Pay- Coming Soon!Read more
The “All Craft. A Recipe to Make It Pay” project is in full swing. Ben and I threw our schedule to the four winds- and have focused our “extra time” on this project. Many mornings around 5 AM you might find us in deep discussion about how we make our full-time craft pay. On the weekends, I hustle on the
All Craft Real IncomeRead more
I believe that being a crafter is an achievement. People who “make things” every day overcome great challenges to craft useful things and works of art. In my mind – that is enough. Unfortunately, it’s not. If you want to create things day after day and make a real living from your work you need something more. You need income.