I couldn't help adding my own story to this issue-
I once donated a beautiful silver pin I made to a silent auction fundraiser
for my son's preschool. The pin was hand formed, soldered and handfinished,
valued at around three hundred and sixty dollars and a wonderful piece. My
wife who is an industrial designer made up a little placard to explain the
work that went into the pin and a little bit about my background; I am an
artisan member of the Society of American Silversmiths
Fortunately I did not attend the auction, the piece went for thirty-six
If I could have foreseen that, I would have donated the money and kept the
I think it is important to distance oneself as much as possible from the
artwork once you send it out into the world.
The true value will often go unseen as is often the case in entering
competitions as well.
The whims of judges and the shifting tastes of public recognition cannot be
the things that drive your art or bring true satisfaction. If you want to
raise the most money possible than figure out what will sell and make
"product" save your art and soul for higher things. The fiber of our being
cries out to create; never lose your courage to create.
I have donated work since this time, but have done so knowing that if I wish
to get a good feeling about the process, I should feel good in the donation
and not seek further joy past that point.