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#1 Bob Coyle

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 11:08 AM

I would like to get some feedback on selling ceramics on Etsy. How is it working out for you?

#2 Heidi K

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 11:25 AM

I would like to get some feedback on selling ceramics on Etsy. How is it working out for you?


For me, it's not really working out. I think there are too many other choices and I feel like my stuff just gets lost in the shuffle. I probably have an average of 10 sales a year on there, and they're mostly for teeny inexpensive bowls.
I've often wondered if I posted things every day or did some paid advertisement if that would boost sales on there...I see other pottery etsy shops that have daily sales and I wonder if I could change anything (besides my work) to improve my sales? I wonder if people just don't favor my work, or if I'm not doing the right marketing (which is a given - I hardly do any marketing!).
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Posted 21 June 2013 - 08:40 PM

I would like to get some feedback on selling ceramics on Etsy. How is it working out for you?


I'm selling as long as I keep going with treasuries and promoting on social media. Etsy is a great page but you must put a lot of effort to it and read all their advices.
Do you want to share your link here and maybe we can give you more input?
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#4 Evelyne Schoenmann

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 10:22 AM

Personally I don't have a shop on Etsy, but I bought several ceramic pieces from other potters via Etsy, so I can give you the view of a customer:

Goods very clearly arranged
good search function
methods of payment sufficient
I payed through paypal - everything correct
I got the ordered pieces within 1 week (from the US to Switzerland)
I'am a 100% satisfied Etsy customer

Since there are online shops that aren't as good as Etsy, I think you would benefit from selling your ceramics via Etsy. Looking forward to see your ceramics there.

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 10:45 AM

I set up an Etsy shop just to go through the process and see what it was like. So, my disclaimer is that it was too much work and I shut it down.
BUT ..
That was because it was one more area of marketing that I did not have time to learn to do well.
From what I have been told, if you take the time to learn the process and tricks, if you have great images, good prices and service ... And have time to post new products and keep your store stocked ... It can work. I don't know anyone who uses it as their sole source of revenue though. I do know there is a lot of advice out there on how to up your chances of success.
It also helps if you have another way to direct people to your Etsy shop ... Cards at shows, link from your own site ...etc. it's difficult to keep people on your page at Etsy since the choices draw people away like a sieve so you have to have it set up well enough to keep them interested.

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#6 Jay Wiese

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 06:05 AM

Definitely recommend Etsy if you're just starting out. It is a lot of work to set up and maintain, but Etsy is *the* go-to place for people looking for "undiscovered" designer-makers online. Just make sure you've got at least 100 listings with good photographs, and don't expect to sell a lot of pots your first few weeks.


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 09:19 AM

I've sold a whopping 4 things on there, but I don't have a lot to offer since this is a part-time/just for fun thing for me.

What I've found that works: keeping your store in the forefront by listing things every day or two, and having a ton of keywords that guide people to your site.

Even better if you can get something from your shop added to someone's "treasury."

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 09:19 AM

Etsy is definitely a fun community to be a part of. I signed up a few months back and found that I didn't get a lot of traffic until I became much more active.
So far that means creating treasury list of objects that I find interesting - this directs a portion of those people to your shop and if they like your work,
they can either fav your shop or like an item, which will in turn show up on their page. Be sure to include very descriptive tags of your objects.
A large selection is important (something that I def need to work on)

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#9 Bob Coyle

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 10:22 AM

Thanks for the info... sounds like it requires some active participation in the site if you are going to have sustained sales.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 12:11 PM

I have so many better venuses so it has zero interest. My almost retired fellow ceramics folks who live out in the boonies sell about 50 items per year.Its a bit of extra income.
You can see they cone 11 work here.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ClayFantaSea
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Posted 23 June 2013 - 03:55 PM

I have so many better venuses so it has zero interest. My almost retired fellow ceramics folks who live out in the boonies sell about 50 items per year.Its a bit of extra income.
You can see they cone 11 work here.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ClayFantaSea








their pots look good but fifty-seven sales since 2009????? why bother? which is the point of this whole discussion.
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#12 Matt Oz

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 12:46 PM

There are potters that do well on Etsy and if you want to know more about the ins and outs of selling on Etsy, join this forum team and they can answer any questions you have, lots of experienced sellers there.

http://www.etsy.com/...eam-discussions

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 06:53 PM

There's a decent community on Etsy. I see a lot of ceramicists selling their things for exorbent prices and they've only sold a few things. I'm mostly speaking to people who do small cups and dishes with minimal expression for exorbent prices.
I started last summer sometime on Etsy and I sold two drawings immediately, then later on I sold a set of herb pots I made and a vase. Not bad for next to no self promotion over a six month course I feel.
If you have some things that haven't been selling well outside of fairs, its also a good place to put some things to try out selling it.
I've been looking at storeenvy.com because its actually free (no listing/sales price) and I feel there might be more ceramicists there, but my current research shows me that there's a lot of reselling of commercial and novelty mugs more than ceramicists so I thought of skipping out on that community. We'll see though, I'd like to give it a try.



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Posted 08 August 2013 - 07:02 AM

Hi,

I am on etsy, and don't sell much, but I am newer and don't have a lot of pottery on there yet. I belong to the etsy mud team, and there are some people on there who make their living from etsy. I think it is a LOT of work, both creating and marketing, and seems harder to break into the older etsy it.

 

Here is a list of the top sellers/best value sellers in pottery:

http://www.craftcoun...cat=3&subcat=24

 

As you can see, some prepainted crap, and some nice work. 

 

Best,

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#15 Bob Coyle

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 02:15 PM

Thanks for the link Nancy.

 

I looked at some of the artists at random. Looks like pretty much production pottery. functional ware and some gee-jaws.

 

Some of the real handmade stuff looks pretty expensive. $45 for a four inch, ordinary looking, floating blue cream pitcher????

 

Anyway. My stuff is more single piece "art" pottery that takes a lot of time and technique to do and would be costlier than most of the stuff or the same size. I'm not sure that it would translate as such. But then again... if you can get $45 for a ordinary cream pitcher...



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 05:47 PM

Interestingly enough - the highest sellers were all selling 'personalize' pottery.



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 06:37 PM

Yes you can have your dogs name on your handmade mug-

But wait theres more-maybe uncle George needs a left handed personalized mustache mug 

but wait there more-you cat need a food dish with a name and a fish on it so he knows where to eat.

Yes I see lots of opportunity in this venue for thise willing to do the right work.Its just not my cup of tea.

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 07:57 PM

Yes you can have your dogs name on your handmade mug-

But wait theres more-maybe uncle George needs a left handed personalized mustache mug 

but wait there more-you cat need a food dish with a name and a fish on it so he knows where to eat.

Yes I see lots of opportunity in this venue for thise willing to do the right work.Its just not my cup of tea.

Mark

Mark, from the looks of it, like in the topic you created, you've got your process down pretty well.

You make great work, and make a lot of it. 


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Posted 09 August 2013 - 08:45 PM

I sell primarily at weekend craft fairs. I'm often asked by customers and lookers if I sell through my website; I don't. I've thought of using Etsy as a place where I can direct folks who want to buy items. I have no desire to spend inordinate amounts of time marketing to rack up large numbers of sales; rather it could be a place to allow those who want to buy additional pieces the opportunity to do so without adding a commerce element to my website (basically a Google blogger site). I sense that many potters may take a similar approach to using Etsy and see it as a means to sell to their customer base and not having to mess around with adding a commerce/Paypal-type function to their website.

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 10:26 PM

I sell primarily at weekend craft fairs. I'm often asked by customers and lookers if I sell through my website; I don't. I've thought of using Etsy as a place where I can direct folks who want to buy items. I have no desire to spend inordinate amounts of time marketing to rack up large numbers of sales; rather it could be a place to allow those who want to buy additional pieces the opportunity to do so without adding a commerce element to my website (basically a Google blogger site). I sense that many potters may take a similar approach to using Etsy and see it as a means to sell to their customer base and not having to mess around with adding a commerce/Paypal-type function to their website.

I to do not sell thru my web site directly (contact page) but I do a fair amount of shipping more pots to my existing customers. Its rare that a few weeks goes by without UPS picking up a box here and there.I incude a business card in each bag no matter what they buy at the show and that card has my info on it. I started my web site so I would not have to talk color on the phone. I dumbed my zillion glazes down to 6 color samples so we have a starting point when they order to talk about. I get contacted a lot thru the contact page and about 2/3 of the orders  start there-The rest are direct phone or e-mail contacts.

I really do not want any more shipping business as it slows me down money wise. For me selling larger volumes (fair customers) is more profitable than shipping small orders all over the place. That said I have pots going to China(spoonrests) this week (customer is taking them) and a few went to maine last week-dinnerware set to Long Island this fall-shipping seems to happen no matter how little I do not pursue it.

Feels great to have pots going to china. Seems so much comes this way from there.

Mark


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