I am honored to be invited to teach at your renowned program which is highly regarded in the arts and crafts community.
Two days of travel (one day before and one day after) plus teaching for two especially long days all for $1,000 compensation sounds like a great opportunity. This time away from domestic responsibilities and studio work will also relieve me of my established income sources. Upon returning home, I will cram in some double time for another four days to catch up on all the obligations that were left unattended. Sadly, I will miss my exercise classes, but no worry, the standing and demonstrating all day will provide a different kind of fatigue.
The samples and projects expected in a workshop usually only take a 100 hours or so during the prior six weeks. No need to compensate for all the prep time. It is just part of the job.
The location of your program is beautiful which will be great to see from the car window on the way from the airport. For my return flight, the uncertainty about getting back to the airport in time will be an invigorating experience.
Auspiciously, this workshop may help pad my resume (I've only worked in the field for three decades).
The proposed trunk show is another great opportunity. Circumventing my gallery and asking for a 50/50 split probably won't have much impact since workshop participants expect a special workshop price. Discussing purchases may be a moot point, no one seems to be buying anyway. And by the end of the workshop, the students will have learned how to duplicate my signature techniques. In the past, some participants have even said, "I love your work and want to make one for myself."
My nurturing and giving persona must be gaining attention. Recently, another craft retreat in the mountains offered $500 for a week of teaching. I hear the studios are open 24 hours a day and the view from the studio window looks like a vacation photo.
After careful reflection on this workshop proposal, and with the utmost admiration for your program, I must decline. Someday, while continuing to ignore financial realities, I hope that artists and makers will make as much as my babysitter.
Domestic Diva with a B.F.A., M.F.A., two children, house, garden, and bills.
P.S. Sorry for the brevity of my response. I need to water the garden, sweep the floor, empty the dishwasher, volunteer for my neighborhood, make dinner, set the table, build Battlebots, and get dressed before my children and their friends arrive.
This post was updated on December 13th, 2021.