These days it is not enough to simply make nice things. In order to make a living craftsmen have to be businessmen too, in fact probably less than half my working time is spent actually making things, I spend a fair bit of time answering emails, packaging and posting work out, fetching wood, forging tools, doing the books etc.
Today was a good example last week I sent out some details to the local press in Sheffield about the mazers we have been making for Ridley Scott’s film. This morning started with a trip into BBC Radio Sheffield to record an interview for tomorrows breakfast show with Toby Foster
Then with Owen Waterhouse the silver smith and David Allison the silver spinner who have been working on the mazers with me we posed for press photos.
Sometimes this sort of thing feels like a bit of a waste of working time but other times it feels worthwhile as the publicity hopefully keeps the orders coming in. This afternoon was spent sorting my vans MOT which is done for the next year now and a bit more time at the computer to write the blog, send some images of mazers to “Goldsmiths” magazine and package some mail order bowls up then I will be done.