It’s an unflattering term artists use to describe the one piece of production art that’s sole purpose is to drive volume sales. It pays the gas bills, hotel, show space etc. - A necessary evil for the fine art purveyor.
My least expensive piece in my booth start at $45; too much for the impulse shopper. I needed something small, simple, desirable....worthy of an art show, yet affordable.
Some background, I have been using my clay Birds (aka glaze testers) to decorate my tables. At least once a show someone would tell me I should sell them (“Bingo!" Inside joke for other show artists). However, they were too simple. I needed to amp them up. During the Royal Oak show I was discussing this with a friend. I had built a bird nest out of scrap electrical wire for a metal and fused glass sculpture. I came up with the idea of combining the wire nests and my clay birdies. I debuted them at Art and Apples art fair and sold 3. I sold the other 8 at Funky Ferndale art show. Considering the time and repetition that goes into the series, I now understand why “art on a stick” has negative connotation in the art world. Making a few was fun. Making a dozen is mind-numbing. The opposite of what i expect from making art. I want my art to stimulate my mind, create challenges, push my paradigms..... so will I make more? Mostly likely, no. I’m just not an "art on a stick" kinda girl.