When is a spoon more than just a spoon?
March 16, 2014 7:32 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for some art-world advice and/or a gimmick for selling beautiful handmade spoons at extremely high prices.
posted by aniola to Media & Arts (18 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
My dad is making these absolutely beautiful wooden kitchen spoons. They're unique and he makes them because he enjoys making them. People on Facebook love the photos of them. Right now they sell for $10-50 each because he had a friend who put some in her shop. He wants to send them to me and have me sell them for him. The spoons are usually the size you use for stirring in a pan and he can tell me what woods he is using. He uses found wood. There are probably 50-100 spoons at the moment. He's happy to do left-handed spoons, tines, etc. upon request.
I'm in Santa Fe and someone was saying that some art around here goes for $50k. I met a guy who made wood art a few years ago and sold it for thousands apiece in San Francisco. I'm imagining getting to this point takes some combination of luck and skill.
I don't have money to spend on this project but I do have some time at the moment. I am willing to call and email lots of places, take good photos, set up a basic website, etc. I wouldn't expect anything to happen overnight.
I know I can go around to stores in my area (Portland, OR) and get the spoons in the shops. Or I could put them some place like Etsy. But what I'd like to be able to do is sell these spoons for hundreds or thousands of dollars. How can I do that? What search term should I be using to find art galleries that show spoons and similar? Are there particular places I should inquire?
Some brainstorm thoughts I've had:
- Make a website called "the thousand dollar spoon" or something similar
- Figure out some way to tie the spoons into a statement about food. But what?
- Maybe a lot of the money could go to a cause or causes (nonprofits - food, minimum wages, living wages, fsc, etc.? fund building a similarly amazing studio building?)
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