I have been in the gallery all weekend and it has been such fun! We are having a sale to celebrate the fact that we have now been here for six months. People have flocked through the door to admire the work and enjoy a few nibbles. The Persian restaurant next door kindly gave us a plate of deliciousness to hand out and one of the team made a couple of plates of brownies which are frankly to die for so I am trying to ignore them today.
Personally I am having a fabulous time sales-wise but I am also getting great joy from selling the work of our other artists and I am enjoying the fact that people who come into the gallery are now saying things like ‘I bought something from you a month ago and I had to come back’. Maybe Klaylondon has arrived to stay! We certainly feel more permanent than pop-up now.
This week I have joined a number of my City Lit Diploma graduate contemporaries in signing the least on a small unoccupied premises in Camden. The council in this most enlightened borough of London believes that it is bad for the area to have too many empty shops and so they have come up with a fantastic idea to support emerging businesses. For a short period they pay your rent and electricity bills and you contract to open the shop and make the area look more lively. Well it seemed to us like an opportunity too good to ignore and so Klay was born!
We are a group of 12 ceramic artists, some making functional pieces, others decorative, but all of us working in the realm of contemporary ceramics. The shop doesn’t look like much at the moment but with a lick of paint and some clean shelving, it has real promise. There is a great little café next door and a couple of other galleries in the area and transport links are great; Kentish Town and Chalk Farm stations nearby and a bus stop right outside. So now the hard work begins – designs, bags, bubble wrap, decoration, payment methods, rotas for manning – and, oh yes, making! Going to be a frantic few weeks I feel!