Second Winner for Val Cox Frit Secrets Book

We only had five entries to part two of the frit challenge so the odds were high for winning!  You can see the entries here.

Congratulations to Holly’s Folly who was chosen by the random number chooser.  Send me your info and I’ll arrange to have your book shipped to you!

Be watching for a new contest soon.  I have it all set up and just need to write the review.

(Do you have something you’d like to highlight and presented in a contest here?  Drop me an email.)

wwii: Wednesday What is It?

It’s a new series where you can win stuff: Wednesday What is it?

It will happen on, you guessed it: Wednesdays. Right now I’m not sure I’m up for every Wednesday or not but we’ll see how many I can come up with to keep it exciting. You might want to subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss one.

wwii lori greenberg contest prizeBut anyway, here’s the idea:

1. I post a picture.

2. You comment on what you think it is. One comment per person.

3. First comment to get it wins the prize.

4. If no one is getting it, be sure to follow the comments…I may give hints.

5. Come back on the date I say I will announce the winner so you can claim your prize.

6. Email submissions not accepted. Sorry. This is all about the blog, guys. Er…Gals.

So, let’s get on to it. That green bead up there is the prize for this week. Prizes will not always be beads. This week is aimed at glassworkers because I’m guessing that is who reads this blog. We’ll see what my poll says as time goes on. Today’s should be easy to start out because I’m giving you the whole picture. Somedays I might only give a cropped snapshot.

But anyway, here is the mystery picture:

wwii lori greenberg contest

Ready. Set. Go!

The studio is closed for the holidays but the winner will be announced and prize mailed on January 2, 2008.


Why Should You Pay For Information?

This is an interesting day and age for being a professional artist.  Or craftsperson that sells their work.  I’ve written about our changing art market before and I think about it a lot because it interests me.  I know.  I’m weird.

Recently, I’m feeling called to give more.  I’m not talking about upcoming contests I have planned but FREE information.  This is the internet age.  It is a time when you can find almost anything you want on the internet and often times, for free.  In one way I feel like, “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”  But of course, I want to do it better and more uniquely and with purpose.

I was having a discussion with a few other artists and we kicked around the idea of why would someone want to pay for information (i.e., books, magazines, etc.) when almost everything, in some form, can be found on You Tube or elsewhere for free?  Well, I will tell you.

1.  The free stuff is usually not as good as the stuff you pay for.  And if it is, the person putting it out there is either independently wealthy or is missing out on an opportunity.  It would be great if we could all do our best work and give it away.  But life doesn’t work that way…for long.

2.  Free stuff usually whets your whistle for the good stuff.  If you liked what you saw then you would probably be safe paying for more of it.

 3.  The free stuff is usually pretty basic. Don’t get me wrong though.  There are some really good tutorials out there and great information.  So no offense to those of you out there that have written some juicy articles.  (I’m one of them:  Digital Imaging for Glass Beads).  The information that costs a little moolah is probably beyond basic (unless it says otherwise).

4.  The extent of the good free stuff won’t last long.  If it’s good stuff the author will eventually realize that they have something to offer and if they like writing they will find a way to make it their vocation rather than their avocation.

5.  Support the Artist.  If you like what they write and you want more of it, buy it.  If you support them they will be able to continue on.  If they can’t make a living at it they will have to quit and all of that information will be stuck in their head, never to reach you and others.