How to Sell Your Sculptures

One of the many rewards gleaned from creating your own sculptures is the look of admiration on the faces of buyers. However, getting your work in front of those buyers is in itself an art. Fortunately, there are many different avenues you can use to sell your sculptures, from art shows to the web to your very own brick-and-mortar retail shop.

An artist's hand creating a clay scultpure. (Image: GULCAN YASEMIN SUMER/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Take your sculptures to a gallery. Some galleries will buy your work from you directly while others may prefer to display them and sell on consignment. When a gallery sells your work on consignment, you will have to pay a commission that is about 30 percent to 40 percent of the sale price.

Step 2

Sell your work directly to gift shops or arrange to sell through them on consignment. Look for gift shops with items that will complement your work. This will affect the price that the shop owner and the customers will be willing to pay for your items.

Step 3

Sell your sculptures at your own shop. Look for a location that has a considerable amount of foot traffic.

Step 4

Sell your work to interior decorators. Due to the nature of their work, interior decorators are constantly on the lookout for attractive or unusual items.

Step 5

Market your sculptures to establishments like companies and restaurants. Restaurants need display items to add to the ambience and make the place look more attractive. Companies usually need art for their lobbies.

Step 6

Hold parties to show off your sculptures. You can have them at your house or, just like Tupperware parties, you can have people invite you to show your work to them and their friends. Make sure each item is clearly labeled with necessary information, including the name of the item and the price.

Step 7

Create a blog to talk about your work. Visitors who are interested enough to read your postings regularly may also be interested in purchasing your work. Post pictures of your sculptures with information on how they can buy them.

Step 8

Sell your work on the Internet. There are several ways to do this, including creating your own website, selling at an auction site like eBay, or creating an online shop through a site like Etsy.

Step 9

Display your sculptures at art shows on the weekends. Artists of various categories meet at these shows to exhibit and sell their work to interested buyers. Visit Artshow.com to look for shows near you.

Tip

When people shop online, their decision on whether to buy or not relies greatly on the quality of the pictures of the items. In order to sell your sculptures successfully, you will need to take pictures that are sharp, bright and show your work in the best way.

Be sure to register your business and obtain a license. Whenever you are buying and selling, whether online or otherwise, you need to register the business legally.

Look at acquiring a reseller's permit, which allows you to purchase materials at wholesale rates.

While listing your sculptures on art mall sites will cost you upfront fees, they also have built-in advertising budgets that draw viewers and user-friendly search engines that make it easier to find your work.

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