Another option for me would be to join a guild or a gallery, I know this is difficult to get into but before hand I could start doing volunteer work so I get to experience working in that environment. This will help me in setting out an exhibition but also gain the experience needed to work alongside other makers in a professional environment. If I want to apply to become a member I will have to do this by the 1st of March next year, this will give me time to build my business ideas and products and build a name for myself.
Cardiff Bay Gallery
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There are many local galleries close to me, The first place I would apply for work/volunteer work would be the Giles Gallery in Pontyclun. But, it is small and local so I may not get many customers, but alongside that I could sell on stalls/craft fayres. I think my main concern would be to make myself known to customers and buyers.