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cstovin

Member Since 17 Aug 2012
Offline Last Active Dec 02 2013 05:54 PM
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In Topic: Non-functional Pottery at shows - how to get the point across?

02 December 2013 - 05:51 PM

Thank you all....

 

@Frederick - thank you, the reason I feel I have to tell people or educate people on which pieces can be used for food, is that usually I only have horse hair or Raku pieces in my booth; then I have customers that are intending to buy a plate or something and make a comment "it will be great to serve my salad in"....

 

I don't feel morally I can sell something that isn't food safe to someone that thinks it is.  1) they won't be happy with my product   2) they might get sick

 

Then when I tell them it isn't food safe, they usually put it back.....

 

so, that is my dilemma!

 

thanks all!


In Topic: Using A Paint Spray Gun To Spray Glaze

20 August 2013 - 06:04 PM

yes, thank you-- I mean GLAZE, GLAZE, GLAZE....lol - thank you!! 

 

The stroke and coats are kind of thick to begin with is why I asked; they seem to kind of want to "cake" on a regular paint brush when I try to use them as is.....thank you all - I did go buy a paint gun at lunch - so will try it and see how it works!!

 

thanks again!


In Topic: Non-functional Pottery at shows - how to get the point across?

21 May 2013 - 10:18 PM

Hi there - I am a little shy, but I have gotten over approaching people for the most part; I am female - so for the most part most of my clients are usually pretty nice to me. I usually say hello, smile, and if I am working in my friends booth - she likes to just say "hi, let me know if there is anything I can help you with, or if you have any questions...."; That seems to work for her, but still I would like to learn the more "art and technique" of selling, be more interactive, and learn to "close the sale" so to speak

It isn't like I want to go out and sell a car lol, but there is an art all in its own to selling; it is a skill :0). I am friendly, I smile and say hello to everyone.

Thanks for the tips - will work on them!

Charlene

In Topic: Non-functional Pottery at shows - how to get the point across?

21 May 2013 - 07:20 PM

Thank you all - all good suggestions -

@Clay Lover- I do often display the before and after pot, sometimes that helps and other times they are clueless; they can't figure out the meaning even though the display is marked (what it is intended for, the before and after, etc),

@Pres - I have thought of a utube video or something of the like, but haven't had the time to do one yet. Unfortunately, my presentation skills in front of a camera are lacking; much better customer service skills in person.

@OffCenter - good point;

@Old Lady - I do have nice signage for my booth shelves that indicate at each shelf level that they are decorative, limited food use only (as an example) limited meaning wrapped candy, etc. and that does help....

@Mark - I am making a poster board now that is more professional that has pictures on it, and although I have done this before since the beginning and it hasn't helped, I am hoping a larger version will. Usually I only have three pictures on it, a girl loving her horse, a picture of a tuft of horse hair, and a finished pot; and I did try a tuft of hair, an unfinished pot, and a finished pot.....still having the same issues....but thank you will keep trying!

Mea and Celia - thank you - I DO need to get better at salesmanship; this is another topic in itself....But, how do you learn sales skills? I am not talking high pressure sales skills, and I have looked online for classes, but there are skills that definitely can be learned that make it better and easier when you know the "tricks of the trade" so to speak. I know one is to not ask open ended questions; but I have searched online for training, and without knowing what I am looking for, one could spend a lot of money in a hurry....

C.

In Topic: Wheel Woes.....Part 2

23 April 2013 - 08:11 PM

Thanks.....can't tell you how many arguements this wheel has caused with my husband; "isn't it good enough"; "that isn't enough difference to cause an issue in my opinion..."....frustrating; guess my original question was just I was thinking that if I go to level out the bottom of the pot, that if the wheel is off on the horizobtal plane, that my pot will be lopsided....


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