Over the last five or six years, I have been adding some lathe work to my repertoire.
Some of this work has been in the form of utilitarian objects like bowls and rolling pins. Pretty much small scale and not yet to the point where I have an income from them. I have also been making some more sculptural pieces that are basically useless but satisfy the need to be creative.
In 2011, a local gallery took a few of the art pieces to the SOFA (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art) exhibit. This was done under some duress but a few of them sold for pretty good prices and the gallery owner is not adverse to selling work! So in 2012, he took more. That show was in Chicago which, at the time of the show, was still reeling from the big storm and sales were slow. Even so, the interest was there and the gallery owner decided it was worth putting some energy into promoting the work.
This month, I have my very first gallery show. It's the real thing with promotional literature, post cards and an opening. With the economy supposedly doing better, it's quite possible that I will even sell some pieces.