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About mmhpottery

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  • Birthday 03/11/1957

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    High Point, NC
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    High fire Crystalline glazes and functional art Cone 6 stoneware.
  1. Pricing Labels

    EXCELLENT point, Chris!!!!!
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    I mostly know the prices of all of my items in my head. But just in case, I also keep a notebook with me, where I've logged all my inventory and the prices. I can quickly peek at the notebook if needed. Mea I have yet to settle on the idea of doing multiples so my pricing is all over the place. EVERY piece is different. My prices range from $10 to my current highest...$250. Trying to keep the prices in my head is FAR beyond my feeble brain cells. I now serialize every piece and my tags have the same serial number along with the price.
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    Interesting..... I got the idea for using hangtags from, you guessed it, Good Elephant. I think my fault lies in not using a heavier weight cardstock, trying to cram too much information onto the tag making it larger than I would like, using jute (which is a pain to work with and messy), and not trying out a few other affixing methods like the glue dots. I have more experimenting to do.
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    No suggestions on price tags (okay, just one: Try different brands. Some stick better than others.), but I want to thank you for the above statement. So many people start inflicting their precious first pots on the world after a pottery class or two (sort of like someone wanting to be doctor starting to practice medicine after biology 101), that it is really refreshing to read the above. Jim I believe that until a person is able to throw that too precious pot in the slop bucket realizing it was a mediocre existence that they should only foist their wares on their relatives and then in limited numbers. :Psrc="http://ceramicartsdaily.org/community/public/style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif" height="20" width="20"> Waiting for five years is a good start. Well guys, as I have been a woodworker all my life, and have a BFA in Furniture Design, and a freelance Furniture Design business where I design furniture for Furniture Manufacturers for nationwide retail consumption......... I am quite versed in the notion that beginning artwork (of any sort) and occasionally even advanced artwork deserves a home in the "slop bucket". LOL I'm also a retired Navy Submariner so have developed a pretty thick skin, which works well for an artist in any medium. I feel fortunate that it seems I took to throwing pots rather quickly and my work is generally well received (even by non-family and non-friends). I was actually dragged kicking and screaming into the craft fair scene at the coaxing of those friend and family and customers and only because the economy stinks and people aren't buying much furniture. Sell pots or go hungry. Well...not quite that bad, but you get the idea. Maybe my response sounds like I'm defensive by your comments, but that isn't the case at all. I quite appreciate the comments. Just passing some time and letting people know where I'm coming from.
  5. Hi all. New to the forum. I've been a potter for around 13 years. Started doing a show or two a year at about year 5 just to make some hobby money back. This year I decided to ramp up and try to actually make a bit of profit. We'll see how that goes. Anyway.... My question for all you pro's is, What method do you use to affix a pricing label to your pots? I started out just writing the price on a sticker and sticking it to the glazed surface (as the labels I had wouldn't stick to the unglazed bottom). Those labels would end up later falling off. So I decided to put a strip of clear "scotch" tape over the sticker. Well...that method sure kept the sticker on the pot. In fact, so well that it took half an hour to get the tape/sticker/and residue off. Then I changed to hand written cheap string hangtags. Yep...they looked cheap. The strings were cool since I could tie them around small necked pieces or through any holes. But...still had to tape the string onto pieces that didn't have a place to tie...like a bowl. Again, the tape ended up being almost impossible to dynamite off. My latest venture has been a nice professional looking folded hangtag (Logo on front, shop and generic pottery info inside, price/shop name and contact info on back) and I use jute twine through a hole in the label to either tie to the pot or tape with a piece of clear shipping tape. Looks a lot better from a "professional" standpoint and I get compliments on the tags. However, they are still a pain in the butt to afix, the medium weight card stock curls up with any change in temp or humidity, and packing up is a nightmare trying to keep the tags from being bent/folded/spindled/and mutilated. What has worked for you guys, or a method you have seen and think is fantastic? I'm not completely sold on the marketing advantage of a hangtag (seems to look cluttered to me especially when the wind blows). Thanks, Morgan