3 Tips For Beginning Glass Artists

November 17, 2015

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There’s a lot to be said about the art of blowing glass. Its two major methods, free-blowing and mold-blowing, involve transforming raw materials into glass at around 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit.

However, because glass artwork requires a high level of skill to create and can be hazardous to make, glass artwork can sometimes be a bit pricey. This can make it a little bit difficult for young glass artists to start selling their work.

Luckily, the Internet can help. Considering the fact that 71% of art collectors have now purchased art of some form online, it only makes sense that you build yourself a web presence. Not only will this help you sell your art, it will also help you create a brand for yourself as an artist, which will help you get your work into art auctions and art events.

Here are just a few tips to help.

Use a Free Web Design Platform
There are tons and tons of sites that make it easy to build a website. Although the best idea is to invest in professional help, it’s probably not an affordable one, which means that your best bet is to use something like WordPress or Wix. Having a web presence — and a professional looking one at that — is absolutely crucial for your brand as an artist, as the Internet is how most people learn of new things nowadays. If you’re not online, you’re probably not going to get noticed.

Put Social Media to Work For You
Once you’ve set up a place on the web for your potential patrons, you need to have a way to reach new audiences and engage with art lovers. This is also why you need to use social media. Instagram is a great tool for visual artists. Use its hashtags to reach art lovers and members of the community who are interested in the type of art you make.

Get a Store Online
Chances are that if you want to get your work into art auctions, you want to start selling it, so why not start offering it online? Sites like Etsy and eBay are full of artists offering their work, though these are by no means the only ones. You may even be able to partner with a gallery to get your work noticed — and sold — both in person and online. As you continue to build your brand, you’ll find more and more people interested in your work and wanting to buy.

If you have any questions, feel free to share in the comments.