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My show at The Dalles Art Center opens Thursday evening, October 7th, where I’m premiering my new Glacier Series. The reception is from 5 pm to 7 pm on the 7th, and I’d love to see you there if you’re in the area.  My artwork along with Anthony Kiser’s and Scott Berger’s has been installed and runs through Oct. 23rd.

Many of you know that 1000 Markets has closed and I’ve been scrambling to find a replacement venue.  Our shops were transferred to Bonanza, for which I am grateful – uploading photos and descriptions, sizes and prices of every available piece of work can be tedious.  I’m not sure however, if Bonanza is a good fit for my work.  That’s where I temporarily parked my glass medium.  (Edit:  it’s now available at Artfire).  I plan to sell my other tools and supplies for glassworkers also that you may  have seen (and some of you have phoned to purchase) on my website.

After investigating price, ambience, ease of use, and what other artists are showing, I decided to try Artfire.  It has Art in it’s name – isn’t that a good thing?  And I can sell art supplies there.  One of the advantages to Artfire is I can have a kiosk on my Facebook Page!  After each long studio day this week I managed to get a front page open and upload a couple photos and descriptions.  As I said, this is tedious, even though it’s a simple copy & paste plus upload photos that are already cropped and sized.

Midweek I stumbled across a post in a 1Km Refugee forum that Zibbet had also imported all our shops like Bonanza did.  We have until Oct. 5th to open a shop there and utilize their import of our items.  I decided to jump in and try it & am so glad I did.  I think I’m going to love it.  The owner has already given me a new classification for my recycled glass wall pockets that didn’t fit any categories.

For now, I think I’ll leave the Bonanza shop up to see how it plays out, but my real comparison will be between Artfire and Zibbet.  Which of the three do you like best?  I’d love to have your feedback!

There are a couple other places I’d like to try out, but like everything else right now they’ll be on the  back burner waiting their turn.  Are you selling on-line?  Where?  Go ahead – plug in a link to your shop so everyone can see it in the comments section below.

Here are a few of those places I’m looking at, in the order that I’m going to take a closer look (if I ever have a spare moment again):

Cargoh

Big Cartel

Supermarket HQ

Rtist

Shop Handmade

Made it Myself

Craft is Art

I have signed up for Etsy also, but it didn’t seem intuitive to me.  It’s another one I will probably get back to.  Do you have recommendations or criticisms of any?

By the way, my banner for Bonanza was given to me by Alilbirdy2, another Bonanza member.  She thought my plain banner (the one I’m using for Zibbet) needed tweaking.  I used a combination of hers and mine for Artfire.  Not a graphic designer, I’m always appreciative of any help!

1000 Markets announced yesterday that it had been acquired by Bonanzle….and will be changing it’s name to Bonanza.  I’m not sure how I feel about my little shop in ‘Bonanza’ compared to my little shop at ‘1000 Markets.  Not feeling so great about it right now, especially when I go to their site.  I decided to go along for the ride during the transition as I have no time at the moment to research my options.   Many other venues are being bandied about by the artists represented at 1000 Markets that I’ll look into after my current jobs are all delivered.  What are your suggestions?

One of the more important results of that transaction? Just when I was having so much fun with Bixbe, it’s over before the fat lady sang.  Yep, all that effort learning how to use Bixbe and installing the new ‘Buy’ pages here is about to be dust in the wind.  After only a week of being able to click the button to purchase SteiderStudios Glass Medium (or anything else), we have to go back to phoning or mailing in your order.

……..Edit:  I now have live links for my new ArtFire shop where you have several options to purchase .

You can Purchase the Economy size here. Or the Regular size here. Or just a sample here.

If you’re overseas, you can send me a note from the Artfire page and I can add a shipping option for you.  I think I’m going to like Artfire!

I truly appreciate all your support and can’t wait to see what you’re making with SSGM.

Next post I’ll be back with photos of all the lovely bowls in the kiln for my show at The Dalles Art Center and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma!

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