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  1. I couldn't have said it better! I believe that's the most important part to be successful.
  2. I wish you much success! Many people here seem to have a grasp on what it takes to succeed with clay. Pick their brains for as much info as they are willing to give. I don't know about small business loans, but you might approach your bank for a line of credit now while you still make good money and then use it as needed to help your pottery business? Just a thought...
  3. I can relate to this sentiment. I still enjoy clay, but it is a job and I no longer seek it out as a creative outlet anymore. I find other ways to satisfy my creative needs now. I have been blessed to make a decent living off of clay but I no longer do it for pleasure, it is the way I make a living now. The best things are the hours worked and being your own boss. After 25 years I've got it down to a well oiled machine leaving my afternoons free to do as I please. I'm trying to find someone to take over for me now but it will hard to transition to a real job or just retirement after what I'm used to.
  4. More pics can be made if wanted. Can furnish sales numbers to serious potential buyers. The opportunity here is real.
  5. Hi Liambesaw, In my case I am speaking of industry specific trade shows. My business is in the pet industry and there are a few large trade shows each year. I Have done the NYC gift show as well. They are basically a place that retailers go to find new products and where manufacturers go to find new stores to sell in. It is strictly a wholesale thing. You do not sell pots at these shows, you take orders to ship out when you return home.
  6. Hi Tumbleweed, i wish you good luck in your endeavor! It is rewarding to run your own business but can be scary at first as you learn and make mistakes that we all inevitably did at the beginning. I'll relate my experiences through the years as I remember them. I've been at this for 25 years. I'm not an authority, just my opinions on what has worked for me . Clay has not made me wealthy, but it has paid for my house, my college and retirement... First and foremost find a design/product that people will buy! It sounds simple but is the most important aspect of your business. Trust your customer feedback even if you think their recommendations are ugly and embarrassing. They pay the bills, don't let ego get in the way of success. I found a niche 25 years ago and have been doing the same basic thing ever since. Treat it like a business, not a hobby. It is work after all. I started small, in a garage and worked part time at the local clay supplier. The only new equipment I had was a wheel, everything else was used. Be frugal in the beginning, if a new piece of equipment won't make you money in either time or sales you don't need it - yet. Wait till you have enough sales to justify shiny new equipment. I started off throwing everything for the first few years until the sales were too overwhelming to keep up. I got a jolly/jigger machine next and used that for years until I could afford a hydraulic press. My point being that you need to be able to sell a lot of pots to make a living. Some people can do it on the wheel, I could not keep up. I only wholesale so my price per pot may be lower than those retailing. My marketing strategy may not be relevant if you plan on retailing. Trade shows and sales reps are worth the cost in my opinion. Websites are necessary but not as productive as trade shows and sales reps for finding customers. Eventually you will have enough customers to service that you can slow down on trade shows. If business falls off do another trade show to get new customers. If things get slow, poll your existing customers for new color schemes, it has always generated sales for me. Ok, sorry for rambling! Just stream of consciousness coming out. I hope everything works out for you. Erik
  7. Wholesale pottery business complete with all my retail customers contacts. An established business for over 20 years. Website included. All product photography if wanted. Well Over $2 million in sales. Can be run by one person. I'm retiring and want someone to take over and grow and service my existing customers. Everything in my studio is included. $39999.00 is the giveaway price. Below is a list of some of what's included. Training can be arranged if needed. I am in Grand Junction, CO 30 ton hydraulic press with 9 die sets with setup rings for each size. 5 master ring sets. Die lift cart for loading the dies on the press. Die soaking station with lift to soak dies 2 die racks for storing dies when not in use various blocks and pins and misc die making supplies 4 inch Venco de airing pugmill Jolly/Jigger machine with 3 different buckets. 2 back cases for making molds. 1 faceplate for making master molds. Numerous lugs for holding profile tool to machine arm 1 80 Gallon Delta Air compressor 1 Brent model B wheel 1 Pacifica GT400 wheel 1 Air Wave air pillow machine for making packing pillows 1 Skutt 1227 kiln (23"x27") with electronic controller 1 Olympic Oval kiln 25"x31" with Bartlett electronic 3 zone controller and mercury relays Various kiln shelves and post for the kilns Various ware racks and shelving fax machine (believe it or not people still use it) trade show 10x10 foam rubber flooring. Various display holders for trade shows If you are on Facebook I have a video showing what's involved in the manufacturing process. It can be found at the link below. It shows much of the equipment in use and is recommended to view as it shows what's involved. https://www.facebook.com/100001088523746/posts/2412407472138847/ Im not looking to part out the machinery at this time. If you are looking to add an existing business to your current business or a looking to run your own business this is a great opportunity. Can be operated from anywhere. Serious inquiries only please. Let me know if you have any questions I can answer. I prefer email is possible. petware@bresnan.net Erik Larsen - Petware Pottery Here are some pics
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