I had to update this thread. I was out of commission for a time due to shoulder surgery, but started working on mug designs and finally had a small batch to take to the mill. I drew up a simple agreement that we all signed with an end date. I think they might have been a bit surprised as to the cost I needed and what they would have to sell the mugs for, but after a week, they only have one mug left. So, apparently, I am going to be making mugs! Thank you for your help with this matter.
After seeing Pres's Beautiful wedding jars and Rebel Rockers amazing work, I am NOT going to post pics of the shot glasses I have been working on. Making, not emptying. But also I helped put together a Pop Up Art Gallery for our little burg and it was very successful and so much fun. Yep, should have been throwing pots, but this was just great art exposure for our community!
I woke up the other morning with a project in my head. I couldn't get it out. I could see how I was going to glaze it, what size it would be, how I would "package" it, everything! Then I spent two days wondering if I had seen this "project" somewhere else?? Was it an image I had seen, a plate I had used somewhere??? I finally had to go ahead and try to figure out how to make it. While I was working on a variety of mold/form possibilities, I realized that even if I had seen it somewhere else, by the time I was done, it wouldn't look like someone else's work. (Maybe this goes under the Image Envy thread)..... but while I was trying to get the form the way I "see" it in my head, I knew that every teacher, every potter friend that ever shared tips/skills/information was right there with me!! So, to alllll of them past and present, I say "Thanks for Sharing!"
Marsha, perhaps this isn't what you meant, but I had the opportunity to visit Pompeii and the museum at Naples and I was completely gobstruck! At Pompeii it was the sheer volume of pots. I realized how important pottery was at that time in history. I can still see in my minds eye the row after row after row of pots that had been unearthed.....and they could have still been put into use! Tall elegant shapes, most without decoration, utilitarian, beautiful!
after seeing a picture on this forum of "tumble" stacking I have been less worried about really loading up a bisque load. I use b mix, porcelain, and a brown stoneware. I was always worried about warping or handles falling off mugs...so far that has not happened. maybe try stacking with a few pieces just to see how it goes?
Posted by Roberta12
on 18 February 2014 - 10:07 PM
The whole process of getting the stamp made with the logo has slowed....waiting on the web designer to send the logo to the stamp maker. So, everyone's comments have given me time to think/rethink the wholesale arrangement. I really do appreciate all who replied to my question and concerns. What I take away from this topic is to
really think through any arrangement with the mill owners and get everything in writing.
put an end time on the contractual agreement
understand that it will no longer be my work, but belong to another entity
make certain that I am making money on the endeavor
because this is a small rural community,(everyone knows or is related to everyone) pricing needs to be of prime consideration (I bought this mug at the mill for $25 and you are selling a mug without the logo for $18 at a craft fair? or vice versa)
As specific as all of you have been, I think you have also been down this path before.....Thanks for the help.
Oh Just Peachy....even though it's not a reference book, I am reading a children's book right now that is called A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. It's about a young boy in 12th century Korea that is apprenticed to an elderly potter in a village. I find myself just amazed at how hard potters had to work then to have clay, glaze, firing, etc. It really is a wonderful book! great read for potters!
Posted by Roberta12
on 07 December 2013 - 09:56 PM
Just Peachy, I also started at a Community College studio. It was a great place to get started. I learned a lot! However, just as you are experiencing, not everyone wants to be part of the community, or is respectful of other work. Contaminated glazes, poor firings, too many people with access to the kiln (opening the kiln at say...oh 800 degrees) broken pieces....all these things contributed to my move to set up a small studio at my home. I sincerely miss the interaction between potters. The easy flow of ideas, the collaboration that can occur. So, I create my own opportunities for that. Empty Bowl fundraisers, workshops, and I love Clay Lovers idea of working with a friend for a day or two. It can be done! I also applaud Norm's efforts to create a well run studio for many! But Just Peachy? You might be happier at a place where you can have time to explore your own path. Or at least until you can find a facility that better meets your needs.