Archive for 2011

Humpty Dumpty?

Friday, December 30th, 2011

The first decade of the new millennium is ancient history. As is the first year of the second decade. And in that time, I think Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall! And now we are all standing there scratching our heads trying to figure out how to put him back together. (more…)

How designs are born

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

I have often been asked, as I am sure every other artisan has been asked, “Where do you get your ideas? Where do your designs come from?” (more…)

That time again…

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Here we are at the end of another year! Hard to believe how fast time goes by. Once again it’s time to wish everyone a Happy Holliday, Merry Christmas or a Happy Chanukah. (more…)

Liability insurance

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

My last post prompted this comment: “I suspect that by avoiding installations, you were also able to avoid liability insurance as well.” (more…)

Installing

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

In my last post I mentioned not having a contractor’s license. One comment cautioned against performing installations without one. So I thought I should take the time to clarify that point. (more…)

Banks? We don’t need no stinkin’ banks

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

I am convinced that one of the main reasons our business survived is that we never depended on banks to finance our needs. (more…)

Democracy: Have we forgotten what it means?

Friday, December 9th, 2011

I have never used the democratic form of government in my shop. My working environment has always more resembled a dictatorship. You might get away with calling it a benevolent dictatorship but it’s still a dictatorship. (more…)

Breaking the backbone

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

People are always saying that small business is the backbone of the economy. This seems to consistently be among the top five mantras of economists and politicians alike. (more…)

Galleries: A mixed blessing – Pt. 2

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

One of the first things I learned about dealing with galleries is that they pretty much all use what is called a consignment agreement. (more…)

Galleries: A mixed blessing

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

I have always sold my work directly to my customers. There is a sense of control that comes from dealing directly with the buyer. You talk to them, they talk to you. If they are not happy with something, you can address it face to face. (more…)