Sometimes I get an offer; a gallery really likes my work and I can take part in an exhibition in Hamburg. It will last for a month, the fee is € 659 (ex 19% VAT) and the commission will be 20% of the selling price. So to get an idea of my profit I calculate when I get even. A work or some works with the total value of € 1200 will have to get sold (I don't know what VAT to consider doing this). The costs for the fee, the 20%, bringing and getting the works (700 km two times) will be covered and I'll have earned € 34 for a sandwich and a coffee on the way to and from the gallery. None of my everyday costs will be covered. My studio rent, the clay, firing the kiln. Let alone living or feeding my kids. Some days it is hard not to be very cynical.
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