Hi All, I am going to try to tap the wealth of knowledge here for another pricing question. So I previously sold my pottery on a very small scale as I am a hobby potter but after my marriage broke up and I moved into a new house it has been about 2.5 years since I have had my own studio. So I potted where and when I could (took courses and workshops and occasionally threw on my wheel for fun but couldn't fire those pots).
Anyhow finally just got my studio set back up because I used my annual bonus from my fulltime job to get the electrical service increased at my house! (Yay) Now I am faced with starting over on finding venues to sell my work and since I will be doing it very part time to start with I don't know if I want to do the co-op gallery type space I did before, plus I need to remix some more glazes and work on getting some sort of a production line going again since what I have made so far has been just what I wanted to do!
So the question when starting out is do I price my work for the friends and people I know that are already asking me to buy stuff at what I want to make or what I will eventually have to charge if and when I get into somewhere retail? For example I make these little mini bakers which are shown on the far right of the picture below (sorry its a bad picture but was just sharing some firing results with family and friends and I am not at home to take another picture). I want to make minimum $10 a piece off of selling them however I know when I get my production going better they have sold for $18 each when I was selling before. I don't know if I should be charging full price when I am getting my feet wet again or price to friends what I want to make. I don't want to start by charging too little and then people being upset when I raise my prices. Right now I am just talking about friends and acquaintances who have contacted me now they know I am getting my studio set back up.
Also do you have friends and family pricing events like studio open houses?? I don't know if I will be ready to get in to anything by the fall but I would like to host a bit of an open house/sale in November for friends, family and friends of friends.
I found that last time I was selling my friends and family were my biggest supporters to get me going so I want to give back to them