So after 37 years in the photo industry ... that's right I started in 1980 ... here I am making plans to get out.
Before getting out I ran my own ceramics business, making fine art pieces and selling them through galleries and the Festival Of The Arts in Laguna Beach. Why did I ever get into the photo industry in the first place? Well if anyone remembers 1980 it was a recessional year and with the downturn in the economy you had to decide between eating, gas, and a place to sleep ... no room for fine art. So I shut down my business and went and worked at something I picked up pretty quick, which was working in the photo industry. I've had many hats, retail sales at some of the biggest photo dealers in the USA, to a manufacturers rep, to a distributor for two photo sign end lighting companies from Germany. Finally landing as being sales director for a little camera strap company in Seattle. Lots of travel, and lots of eating antacids.
I've had enough.
So I went out and bought myself a kiln, a wheel, dug out all of my old ceramic tools and started working up designs. I am like a little kid again. I've designed my website, my chop (above - for signing what I do) and have been playing with samples and pit firing techniques. I'll be documenting my travels in getting this off the ground ... mixing in my other love which is photography and trying to show what starting a ceramic business is like for anyone who wants to follow.