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  1. Joseph Fireborn

    First Mug of the New Year!

    From the album: Mugs

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    Family comes first. Sounds like a lot of good things heading your way.
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    From the album: Yunomi

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    Reputation for selling cheap pottery

    I just read this entire thread. Good to see that you sold all types of pots at all types of prices @shawnhar . I have posted my opinions on this before, but I believe that work should be priced higher as you gain skill and your craft improves until a point that your new gains in skill don't make enough of a difference to justify price changes without an increase in demand. If all of the sudden you make leaps and bounds again then prices should move up again if there is demand for the new skill gained aesthetically. My first mugs/yunomi were 20-25$, however, my new mugs/yunomi are $40-50. Selling my new work for the same price as my old work would be absolutely foolish as the work is more desired and takes more time. I also think that is a very important factor in pricing. If you can make pots quickly then you can afford to price them lower, but only if there is enough of a demand for them at that price. I started pottery in 2014, so this will be my 5th year anniversary coming up. This year is going to be the first time in my pottery journey that I am going to try to make pots and sell pots for profit long term. In the past, I have just made a spurt of pots as a progression milestone and sold them to see what the demand was like for that type of design/aesthetic. So far I have been successful with my aesthetic choices and progressions that have allowed me to continue raising prices. Another thing that I believe should be a factor in your work is how unique the type of work you make is. If no one else is doing similar things to what you are doing then again you can charge more for your work. There is a good reason that potters continue to advance their work and narrow down their aesthetic. It's that uniqueness that allows them to gain market demand and increase prices because of that demand until they can supply the right amount of pots for the right amount of buyers. In the end, I don't think pricing is that difficult, if you have enough eyes going over your pots for sale then you will quickly be able to raise and lower prices until you find a sweet spot that you are happy with physically. John Baymore always said something like: Sell 1000 pots for 1$, 10 for $100, or 1 for $1000. The choice is yours. The option is available to do any of those things, which choice you decide to do is totally up to you and how hard you work and the design choices that you make along the way.
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    Porcelain jewelry??

    I would also add that wearing something that can break and slice your finger open is probably not a good idea. I don't wear rings anyways because of the danger they pose in everyday life much less one that could break apart and be razor sharp. I would have a really hard time selling something that could potentially hurt someone very badly. Just think about all the times you have smashed your finger or something now think about a super sharp ring also breaking and cutting into your finger.
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    Sorry! I missed this. Yes, I still work with an electric kiln. I love my electric kiln. It is so wonderful! Took me a while to accept that, but once I did I was able to achieve a lot more than just wishing I had the ability to fire another type of firing. How are you?
  8. That moment you have been making jars with a gallery and also a lid inner gallery that are so perfect that when you wax them they no longer fit inside of each other... perfection. Then that moment where you realize you forgot to turn on a preheat for your greenware to fire in a glaze firing and remember at 540F before you have a terrible disaster in your kiln and you stop it and vacuum it the next day. Thank you Jesus. 

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      Single firing, I take it? 

      I have neither the skill nor disposition to attempt that...  I have had some of my students, make that decision for me though.  Thus far, it has been on wares, that I didn't stack...

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      Yes! I single-fire a good bit of work. Sometimes I bisque and sometimes I single fire it just depends. It would have been fine if I had turned on my preheat. Haha.

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      I am OCD, on my kiln.  I will check the program numerous, times, check that the vent hood is on,  etc.  Because that one time that you don't...

  9. I have been thinking about selling large work recently as my heart is pulling me in that direction and I need to follow it more. Does anyone have experience selling large work in galleries and such? I am not sure how one even approaches a gallery, do you just walk in with your large pot and be like, wanna sell this? I know mugs and stuff can sell easily but I am more intrigued by my new work which is very crude and doesn't really fit well in the form of cups and mugs. So I am just trying to get ideas on where to sell that work as shipping it would probably be difficult.
  10. Hello. I have a question regarding import taxes and how they work. I have sold several pots to international customers and they have all been forced to pay import duties and taxes. Is there some way I can mail packages that avoid this type of charge? Or is this a normal thing? I really hate that they have had to pay these taxes and it makes the price of my work to international people more than I want to sell it for. They end up paying another 25-30 dollars to pick up their package. Does anyone have any solutions to this problem? It seems like there has to be a better way? I am not trying to cheat their countries, but if this is the case then I am just going to have to completely stop selling to international people. The tax seems outlandish! I can understand a few dollars or even 10%, but nearly 100% of the price of my work. It is something I need to figure out because it opens about a few billion more people to sell to.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    After a good nights rest, and a few hours of calming down (my school workload is intense). I still plan to sell work overseas. I will just make sure they are aware that they will probably face additional fees when picking up their package if their local government has duties or taxes. I just have to figure out if Etsy has a way to make that prominent for overseas customers. I don't think they do, but I will figure out something. I appreciate everyone's opinions and stuff, and I am sorry if I started a political sidetrack here. Just was mindboggling, but that's my own ignorance for living in my little pond here in the USA. Cheers!
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    Haha. Makes me happy.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    For me, it was more for the joy of selling my best pieces to people who wanted them and had been asking for them through direct messages and such. I am not trying to make any kind of living selling pottery online, it was just a way to pay for materials and get some pottery out into the world for people to enjoy. I really liked getting back the pictures of people using their pots with food and drink in them. It was nice to sell my work... I am a hobby potter and not a professional one, so I didn't mind the 10 minutes here and there to sell a $35-45 yunomi or mug. I wouldn't want to make mugs and pack them for a living online by any means. My long-term plan for pottery is to slowly build my work, aesthetic and following over my lifetime of enjoyment, fulfillment, and relaxation. I am not sure what I am going to do with my pots now. I think my hammer is going to get used even more. On the bright side, winter is almost here and I don't pot much during the winter so I will probably just let this absurdly overpriced tax thing fade from my mind.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    Yes. That is exactly right. Which they did not expect to pay or I assume they didn't by their response when I followed up on delivery of the item tracking USPS. None of them were upset with me by any means, but it still seems bleh for the customer. They already paying a lot for international shipping for a single cup.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    Protectionism is useful for some situations, but for pottery? It seems a bit redundant, although I guess if it's a large portion of their economy. Anyways. I appreciate all the comments. I was just curious if I was doing something badly wrong in my shipping labels.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    Yea I am not going to commit any crimes. I don't want to skirt the borders of what is legal, I just don't understand the rate at which items are being taxed. It makes no sense that it is nearly 50% of the value marked on the box. How can any government be okay with that rate? I don't want to get into a political discussion here. I have taken down my items to avoid selling anything else overseas. Bleh.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    I declared it as the worth that I sold it for on the package slip. It seems a bit insane. My last customer paid 25 euro. The one before that 20 euro.
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    Selling Internationally - Import Taxes

    Yea it is a really sad moment, I had no idea, nor did my customers apparently. I guess I am done shipping internationally. It is a real shame. Blahhhh.
  20. I just do this. Go to sink in house. Get piping hot water. Fill up bucket. Throw pots. When bucket of water gets cold. I toss it outside. Go to get piping hot bucket of hot water in the kitchen. Usually a few hours of warm water. I feel that getting up and tossing it outside and walking around is good for my back anyway. I don't think I would ever use a thing with my hands in it. Sure warm up the water then take it out, but leaving it in there with your hands. No thanks.
  21. Is this safe to use with your hands in the water? I feel like it might be a danger?
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    180 days along, run of 40 mugs

    Looks pretty darn good for 180 days in. What weight of clay ball are you starting with and what is the final size of the wet mug from that clay ball. That will tell us a lot about the pot as well. Pictures can be hard to see the thickness and height of a mug. When I first started I felt like 1# of clay was not enough for a good mug. Now I feel like 1# of clay makes a gigantic mug.

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