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    Stephen got a reaction from Patsu in The Need For It To Be Understood   
    my best to you and your family Pazu and I hope your dad is better soon.
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    Stephen got a reaction from Rebekah Krieger in So You Want To Be An Artist   
    For a perspective from a successful 15 year potter in the Bar Area you might take a look at Whitney Smith's blog post on the business side of things. She grouped a number of them together in the link below.
     
    http://whitneys-pottery.blogspot.com/search/label/business
     
    On thing that hit me on one of her post that seems to ring true:
     
    "There is no magic formula to when your work is "good enough" for the marketplace, and it is true that most artists will continue to improve throughout much of their career. I still consider myself a student of pottery, I'm learning and -- I hope-- still improving my work. But I do think one needs to be out of that rapid growth and improvement stage, where from month to month your work looks markedly better, before you start selling."
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    Stephen got a reaction from muddylove in Double, Down Draft Oil Barrel Kiln   
    Oh one other thing you might consider is putting some wire mesh between layers of pots so as the fuel burns away the pots don't pile into each other and leave unwanted marks or damage.
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    Stephen got a reaction from skyvalley in Prices and Expectations   
    Well that was an unfortunate post and I hope you didn't pay attention to it. Some folks get a rise out of picking on people online or have the audacity to think that only what they like is worthwhile which is not true of course. My 2 cents, I would never utter those words though. It is your work and some people will like it, some people will love it and some will simply not care for it and I wouldn't defend my work to someone so obviously out of line.
     
    Like Gypsy I like the work. Hand building is something I admire and would like to spend some time experimenting with. How are you planning on glazing the set? Are you concentrating on tea sets? You know on pricing, if this is a friend you might just ask them what they had in mind and bargain from there. Hand built work generally cost more because it is often more involved but of course value and the time it takes to produce has a very loose connection in pottery.
     
    You did say a mouthful though when you pointed out you have a buyer, nice quip :-)
     
    Good luck and let us know what you ended up charging. Also be sure and post the finished glazed pieces, would love to see them.
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    Stephen got a reaction from OffCenter in Used Kiln   
    It is kind of Larry's fault for walking into a cyber room of potters and asking such a divisive question like "should I buy this used kiln?".
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    Stephen got a reaction from III in production numbers   
    Thank you for all the responses. It seems that most of you prefer to do no more production work than is needed to support your studio work. How do you handle the business if you, as the only potter involved in the production, become unavailable for a temp time through illness or some unexpected event? Do you have a build up of inventory to carry through? Do any of you ever employ outside throwers or have employees that only throw/trim and if yes, what kind of production are you looking for from them?
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    Stephen got a reaction from III in production numbers   
    That was completely uncalled for, you cost me at almost an hour on youtube,
     
     
     
    It is fun watching accomplished potters work though.
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    Stephen got a reaction from III in production numbers   
    I was reading through some older post and came across one from Oct which stated :
     
    one of my students recently spent some time working in just such a setting (production, presumably throwing) ........ making 300 + pieces a day. Day after day.
     
    This is in line with what I have seen in other forums and articles and I am trying to understand this number. This would mean one person adding 6600 pieces in a 22 work day month. I do realize that the rest of the process, and people must kick in but I am curious how many potteries get this kind of production from single throwers and if ones with several throwers are really moving 20,000 pieces of pottery every month and where? I guess the B part of my question is what do folks that can throw 6000-7000 pieces of pottery a month earn on the average?
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    Stephen got a reaction from gypsy in Prices and Expectations   
    Well that was an unfortunate post and I hope you didn't pay attention to it. Some folks get a rise out of picking on people online or have the audacity to think that only what they like is worthwhile which is not true of course. My 2 cents, I would never utter those words though. It is your work and some people will like it, some people will love it and some will simply not care for it and I wouldn't defend my work to someone so obviously out of line.
     
    Like Gypsy I like the work. Hand building is something I admire and would like to spend some time experimenting with. How are you planning on glazing the set? Are you concentrating on tea sets? You know on pricing, if this is a friend you might just ask them what they had in mind and bargain from there. Hand built work generally cost more because it is often more involved but of course value and the time it takes to produce has a very loose connection in pottery.
     
    You did say a mouthful though when you pointed out you have a buyer, nice quip :-)
     
    Good luck and let us know what you ended up charging. Also be sure and post the finished glazed pieces, would love to see them.
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    Stephen got a reaction from GEP in Prices and Expectations   
    Well that was an unfortunate post and I hope you didn't pay attention to it. Some folks get a rise out of picking on people online or have the audacity to think that only what they like is worthwhile which is not true of course. My 2 cents, I would never utter those words though. It is your work and some people will like it, some people will love it and some will simply not care for it and I wouldn't defend my work to someone so obviously out of line.
     
    Like Gypsy I like the work. Hand building is something I admire and would like to spend some time experimenting with. How are you planning on glazing the set? Are you concentrating on tea sets? You know on pricing, if this is a friend you might just ask them what they had in mind and bargain from there. Hand built work generally cost more because it is often more involved but of course value and the time it takes to produce has a very loose connection in pottery.
     
    You did say a mouthful though when you pointed out you have a buyer, nice quip :-)
     
    Good luck and let us know what you ended up charging. Also be sure and post the finished glazed pieces, would love to see them.
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    Stephen got a reaction from OffCenter in Prices and Expectations   
    Well that was an unfortunate post and I hope you didn't pay attention to it. Some folks get a rise out of picking on people online or have the audacity to think that only what they like is worthwhile which is not true of course. My 2 cents, I would never utter those words though. It is your work and some people will like it, some people will love it and some will simply not care for it and I wouldn't defend my work to someone so obviously out of line.
     
    Like Gypsy I like the work. Hand building is something I admire and would like to spend some time experimenting with. How are you planning on glazing the set? Are you concentrating on tea sets? You know on pricing, if this is a friend you might just ask them what they had in mind and bargain from there. Hand built work generally cost more because it is often more involved but of course value and the time it takes to produce has a very loose connection in pottery.
     
    You did say a mouthful though when you pointed out you have a buyer, nice quip :-)
     
    Good luck and let us know what you ended up charging. Also be sure and post the finished glazed pieces, would love to see them.
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