Well what do you know! A nice surprise came in my inbox this week! My Modern Stripe Bottle Vase is a finalist for an Etsy Award! At this point it is great to be included with 60 other makers but there is also a contest involved now that the finalists have been chosen. A contest not based on merit but on popular votes and to be perfectly honest, I never did like popularity contests. They never feel fair and I always feel bad about those who didn't win but were often so much more deserving then the winner. Alas, here I am in the thick of it. With a cash prize for people's choice at $10k and category winners getting $1000 each, I have a 1 in 60 chance of winning. It could be a total game-changer for me in the studio, boosting my ability to purchase some equipment that I have needed or alternatively pursue an artist residency or workshop opportunity that I have only been able to dream of. I know many many other makers who could use a leg up in their studios too! There is less money available for artists in the way of grants or awards and it takes a lot of energy and time to raise money for growing our studios through a crowd-funding campaign.
Please consider voting (especially for me) and please feel free to pass the news around! I have until June 6th to keep at the shameless self-promotion (pretty much a kick in the pants in Marketing 101, never did take that class) and the winners are announced June 20th! You will notice a ranking beside each finalist's name to indicate where they line up and I'm off to a good start at 10 or 11th day 2, depending on the time you look. So thank you to so many people for their support and for passing the info around!
I have more news coming up about an up-coming pop-up shop and some wholesale orders I'll be shipping off to a few shops in time for summer but I'll save that all for later!