by Kate Gatskia 44 page ebook, Self-published in 2012 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, and you can. Your craft can support your life. It can pay all of your bills. It can pay for your insurance and retirement benefits. It can pay for investments, travel and college funds for your kids. Your craft can do what any decent “normal” job can do. This book will not tell you how to run your business. It will not give you detailed instructions on how to sell your work. What it will give you is a recipe to make your craft pay. This recipe is a new, solid foundation for the time you’re already spending on your craft and on growing your business. You will develop a sharper focus on what you want, and what your customers want. You will find new opportunities to bolster your business, you will connect more consistently with the people who will help grow your business, and you will plan for the kind of success that will take you into your retirement. The steps are simple and easy to accomplish, but the combination of the routine is magic. I was raised by a full-time crafter, and I am nearing the ten-year mark as a full-time crafter. My husband, Ben, and I create metal sculptures and furniture from reclaimed materials in rural Pennsylvania. We have three young children. Our business pays all its own expenses and all living expenses for a family of five. It also funds business growth and future business opportunities. I made one resolution at the beginning of this year: be more useful. This book project is a result of that effort.
Tabletop Sculpture, Sculpture, Wholesale
Hat's off to you! This darling man whom we call, "Sir Blue" is handmade in Pennsylvania by Ben Gatski. The metal we use is from weathered steel. We hand draw the pattern on the metal with soapstone and cut it with a hand held plasma cutter. We then hand hammer and weld it into shape. The blue was hand painted with milk paint.The metal is sealed with a water-based enamel. Each man will have subtle variations. They are cut by hand and each piece of metal has slight color differences. Care: Wipe clean with a damp cloth. If outdoors, you can maintain a shiny metal look [entirely optional] by applying a clear metal enamel, available in a spray can at your local hardware store. Size: 21"h x 17"w x 10"d
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