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Tenacity is picking myself up after this little disaster and becoming willing to set foot in the studio,to face the pcking-through for survivors- rather than watching netflix and sulking for days.  

 

On another note, as I begin to really "think sales", I am leveraging my daughter's talents as a jeweler's apprentice. I made the pendant, she handcrafted the necklace. I think we might have something here!!!  I love my pendants and I love her work, so I'm going to give it a go. 

 

Figuring out the pricing is rough. Suggestions welcome!

 

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My local potters' guild spent $x000 for a web developer and after over a year, ended up with nothing (personal issues), and while the money was returned,  of course the time has as gone by with no web presence other than a bare-bones Facebook page.   When having a web site was initially up for discussion, I suggested using a web site generator and building our own, to avoid the middle men. No interest. 

Fast forward to a recent appeal from the new chairman/vice chairman to revisit getting a site up.  I wanted to contribute so I volunteered. Not to toot my own horn---who am I kidding, I am SO tooting my own horn!!!--but with a little help from the VP (Claire Provencher) to get started, I put this together in less than 2 weeks (while still living my life) and it did not cost a dime. (Free WIX...we will go to the paid version if the community votes to do so.)

This is "just" a mockup, and still has placeholders for pending text; later it will have the ability to collect dues and we'll list all the members, be more interactive, etc. 

https://nhpgweb.wixsite.com/nhpg      CHECK IT OUT

I am posting it here for the benefit of people like me who don't want to spend big bucks, know zip about code and like it that way, and might be cheered to know how easy it is to put together a nice platform to show and sell your work.  I had stalled on finishing my own website (also WIX) due to unavoidable circumstances, but am re-charged and ready to get back to it. Plus I learned so much doing this one for the  Guild that mine will just be that much better when I do it! 

 

 

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Need to check it out on my computer. On my phone, the front page is a bit strange, lots of empty space and misalignments. Looks really nice though, good job!

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I think you did a good job.   IMO you might as well do websites yourself.  So you can update.  Get the right platform and it's doable.

I've got 2 websites.  Did all of the work myself.  One for pottery is not e commerce. This one done using network solutions.  Basically this one is advanced word processing.

http://dirtroadspottery.com

Another e commerce site using Shopify platform for jewelry.  A bit more complicated than the other one but once you get things figured out, it's relatively easy.  Very easy to update and add new products.   One part required a small amount of HTML.    And another required using Liquid (which I was unfamiliar with but turned out to be really simple ... but it 100% not necessary to use the Liquid ... I think they added that to get people to use one of their consultants).    I would recommend Shopify but only is you are willing to work through it and do it yourself.   Too hard to get the money back, based on the quotes I got from web developers doing the site for me.  You still have to provide the photos and descriptions.  With all that, you might as well do it yourself.

http://dirtroadsjewelry.com

I don't want to deal with shipping pottery.  I find that to be one of the biggest limitations in establishing an e business for pottery.  However, some people seem to do it.

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On 10/4/2017 at 11:43 AM, LeeU said:

My local potters' guild spent $x000 for a web developer and after over a year, ended up with nothing (personal issues), and while the money was returned,  of course the time has as gone by with no web presence other than a bare-bones Facebook page.   When having a web site was initially up for discussion, I suggested using a web site generator and building our own, to avoid the middle men. No interest. 

Fast forward to a recent appeal from the new chairman/vice chairman to revisit getting a site up.  I wanted to contribute so I volunteered. Not to toot my own horn---who am I kidding, I am SO tooting my own horn!!!--but with a little help from the VP (Claire Provencher) to get started, I put this together in less than 2 weeks (while still living my life) and it did not cost a dime. (Free WIX...we will go to the paid version if the community votes to do so.)

This is "just" a mockup, and still has placeholders for pending text; later it will have the ability to collect dues and we'll list all the members, be more interactive, etc. 

https://nhpgweb.wixsite.com/nhpg      CHECK IT OUT

I am posting it here for the benefit of people like me who don't want to spend big bucks, know zip about code and like it that way, and might be cheered to know how easy it is to put together a nice platform to show and sell your work.  I had stalled on finishing my own website (also WIX) due to unavoidable circumstances, but am re-charged and ready to get back to it. Plus I learned so much doing this one for the  Guild that mine will just be that much better when I do it! 

 

 

Nice job. Wish I could have seen the Gerry Williams show. He was an old friend. Besides the nice site, looks like a great organization.

Marcia

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21 hours ago, DirtRoads said:

I think you did a good job.   IMO you might as well do websites yourself.  So you can update.  Get the right platform and it's doable.

I've got 2 websites.  Did all of the work myself.  One for pottery is not e commerce. This one done using network solutions.  Basically this one is advanced word processing.

http://dirtroadspottery.com

Another e commerce site using Shopify platform for jewelry.  A bit more complicated than the other one but once you get things figured out, it's relatively easy.  Very easy to update and add new products.   One part required a small amount of HTML.    And another required using Liquid (which I was unfamiliar with but turned out to be really simple ... but it 100% not necessary to use the Liquid ... I think they added that to get people to use one of their consultants).    I would recommend Shopify but only is you are willing to work through it and do it yourself.   Too hard to get the money back, based on the quotes I got from web developers doing the site for me.  You still have to provide the photos and descriptions.  With all that, you might as well do it yourself.

http://dirtroadsjewelry.com

I don't want to deal with shipping pottery.  I find that to be one of the biggest limitations in establishing an e business for pottery.  However, some people seem to do it.

Your place looks great. I remember when you were adding buildings. You've come a long way. Congratulations. Nice website too.

Marcia

 

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Decision made: I am putting my online shop on deferred status until early next year. I finally got it through my head that---for very good reasons I shall not go into---I was not going to be able to launch a completed web site in time for "the holidays", which was my goal. I am building it myself (WIX-love it), and that is fine---that is what I want---but I don't have the capacity right now to do as it needs to be done and I don't want it to be half-baked.  In the interim I am getting better at getting decent images of my pieces, the inventory sheet (now with little pics) is totally functional, and I am focussing on  making better pieces, being more critical of style/pallete/forms etc., which is good.  

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I use WIX for my website, and it's really only a tool, a place to display and document what's coming out of the process.

It's really more work than it's worth, takes time to keep it updated and take photos before stuff gets bought.

But helps me keep visual track of what I've done concerning clays, glazes and firings. Otherwise I'd never remember what I made/sold.

The Blog feature is good. It's kept patrons coming back. My annual sale consists of a blog message, a 1/4 page ad in the local rag, and posting flyers in the local communities. That's it.

I'm pricing pieces by how successful I feel any given piece is, and I tell folks this. My web prices are strictly what I'd like to get.

That being the case, what I actually sell pieces for are highly discounted, up to 50% or more than the site indicates, depending on who's buying.

If someone actually buys off the website, I don't charge any sort of shipping, it's worked into the price.

I dread the day I have to make a spreadsheet, have a state tax license and charge accordingly.  A business I am not.

Keep it simple.

www.earthbasedceramics.com

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@Rex-nice site. Love the Lava Bowl. Curious--"why" is the Studio page the same as the Shop page-or am I missing something. Entirely possible, since I was sure it said rabid dog until maybe the third time it crossed my eyes/brain.  I also like the shipping included strategy-I think I want to go that route when I do launch my store. ..seems like it would keep life simple and save money to boot.  

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