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  1. Farmers Markets Vs Seasonal Venues

    thanks for the responses. thinking i am going to keep going "slow and steady." and try these other farmers markets this holiday season. gives me time to work with my booth setup (still not happy with it) and concentrate on some new glaze techniques i am learning. i currently have my glazes at brandywine for testing so i am at a stopping point anyway. and good idea about doing one show--there are some fun gift show type events coming up that would prob be a good fit for me---and not too expensive. will also give me time to scout out these venues for next year possibly. i was reading past threads and everyone consistently suggested investigating possible venues. can't assume it will be a winner based on booth fee and estimated (and past) numbers of people.
  2. Metal Grid Shelves Vs Wood Shelves

    glad to hear the immediate response was not "NO!!" as someone who is just starting---and doing this weekly by myself--i am constantly finding ways to make setup and teardown more efficient. i really like that shelves can be moved and changed for various heights and needs for different venues. these origamirack shelves are brilliant!! good to know about the different setups for different venues. right now i am doing weekly farmers markets so can keep it fairly organic and low key....hence the wood. the example i saw is someone's actual booth. not sure if the link will work but here it is. it is the first one on the left. https://www.google.com/search?q=pottery+booths+with+grids&client=firefox-a&hs=oIh&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=CqHZU6LlI9COyATryoC4DQ&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAg&biw=1173&bih=557#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=K2lzDNzOXx7atM%253A%3Bn18bu4pUgoaNNM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fclaycorgi.files.wordpress.com%252F2010%252F04%252Fbooth-front-shot.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fclaycorgi.wordpress.com%252F%3B3072%3B2304 lots of things i love about it but so different from the typical organic material i usually use. appreciate the feedback. will def research "merchandising" and "market positioning"
  3. curious to get thoughts on metal grid system shelves vs wood shelves? i am new to selling at local markets and have been slowly changing my shelf system to what works best for me. ever so slowly getting there. i am currently using a ladder shelf and a couple of metal shelves i found. but as i get more and more inventory i am seeing how this will not work. if i got another ladder shelf my space will be limited in my jeep-i would love to go to a collapsible shelving system so that i can use the extra space to fill with more product. i was looking thru past threads and seeing lots of wood shelves. then i was perusing pinterest and came across metal grid shelves. i am fighting space in my jeep vs my love for the look and feel of wood. i have a good portion of light functional pieces so the grid system could work nicely in the local markets i have been doing. and i could get twice the space for product vs any shelving unit i purchased or built. but i am wondering if there is a reason i typically only see the more organic wood shelves. anyone had luck with metal grid system? much thanks--love being able to pick the brains of those who have "been there, done that."
  4. just recently joined this forum and am loving it. reading all the past posts and getting some great tips. so appreciate that this is here. i have been selling at a local farmers market on saturdays since april. learning lots and really enjoying it but not making tons of money. are farmers markets ever profitable for potters? i love the idea of setting up at the same one every other week. and i have heard-through talking to other people-that there is a thought that the more often you are at the same venue the more people start to trust you and buy from you. does this apply to potters? or should i pull some serious money for materials and booth fees so i can hit the holiday season? deadlines are approaching for applications and i am trying to figure out the smart game plan. i like the idea of "slow and steady." was planning on doing a couple of other farmers markets this holiday season to see if maybe i am just in the wrong venue. (this market is lots of food--there are others that i have applied to that have more handmade items.) but hate to lose a holiday season that i could do 3 venues with some real potential for money. anyone ever make money at farmers markets? or is that just a good practice place and now i need to pull some decent money and apply to some of the big ones? just looking for thoughts and experiences.
  5. john, thanks for the response. this is the MSDS for all of their glazes. looking thru to see what i should get tested for. also looking thru the links in the FAQ. thanks for the direction. http://coyoteclay.com/MSDS/MSDS%20All%20Coyote%20Glazes%20%28wet%29.htm
  6. greetings! i know this topic has been talked about exhaustively. (i'm ducking as i type this). i have read thru tons of threads on past questions on the topic food safe glazes. so greatful i found this site and all of it's info. after reading numerous threads and thoughts and opinions i have decided to get my commercial glazes tested at brandywine.....just can't figure out WHAT to get tested since i use lead and cadmium free glazes. i use 4 standard commercial glazes. i bought my TNF kiln brand new and have never used glazes with lead or cadmium. i fire consistently the same. i contacted the manufacturers today to figure out WHAT i should test for and can't seem to get a good answer. they are protective of their recipes (which i understand) but i am having a hard time getting some direction on what might be in their glaze that i should get tested. wanted to see if anyone is familiar with these following commercial glazes and what your thoughts are on WHAT i should have tested. i read one thread of a savvy potter who KNEW there was lead in a glaze (manufacturer kept saying there was no lead in it) he bought but it took several calls to get someone at the manufacturer who actually KNEW there were trace amounts of lead in it. so does it make sense to just have the labs test for lead on each piece? is there any logic to that? these are the following i use: coyote cone 6 blue oasis-was going to have them test for copper leaching coyote cone 6 cobalt blue-was going to have them test for cobalt coyote cone 6 shino--no clue what to have them test for. hoping someone else uses this glaze and can give me some direction. coyote cone 6 black--no clue what i should test for. waiting for manufacturer to get back to me. (i use this to layer under shino...looks awesome but not sure if it would be food safe. one site says once you start layering glazes "all bets are off.") so i was going to send a layered piece in for testing but same question--what do i have them test for? amaco cone 5/6 tourmaline--no clue what i should test for. have traded emails back and forth but can't get any ingredient in this that i SHOULD test for. again---just trying to be responsible. don't want to blindly trust the manufacturer since i am the one making the product. plus i like the idea of having documentation saying that i have taken that extra step. any thoughts to those who have had commercial glazes tested? i tend to think way too much and make things much harder than they need to be---did you just have them test for cadmium and lead leaching since those are the only ones regulated by the FDA? is there any point to having any of these tested for cadmium since i don't use reds? or did you have any other specific ones tested for leaching? OR any questions specifically i should ask the manufacturer since they are pretty careful about what they say is in these glazes? eventually i will maybe start mixing my own glazes...i am nowhere near that stage right now. hoping to stick with these 5 commercial glazes while i concentrate on form and body of my pieces. if you are still reading--much appreciated. trying to figure out the most logical way to go about this. regards, rachael