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Chris Campbell

Member Since 07 Apr 2010
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In Topic: Stream Of Consciousness Back Fires ....

30 June 2015 - 10:45 AM

I am already planning the replacement piece of course ... :P

lets just say it will be a lot thinner, easier to carry and/or built on a kiln shelf rather than needing to be transferred to one.


.. at this point I just want to get a good look at my elements ... clay is cheap, elements are not. <_<


**Update ... elements are fine, only the base of the sculpture exploded so I can still use the top. Not much else got broken.


In Topic: Stream Of Consciousness Back Fires ....

30 June 2015 - 10:21 AM

KABOOM ... Large sculpture did not survive bisque firing. It certainly felt dry but ..... no. Kiln still too warm to assess what else it took out with it but right now it does not look pretty.
... And this is the kiln with the brand new elements!!

In Topic: Members With Etsy Stores?

30 June 2015 - 09:47 AM

So true Mark ...

Hand/Human Made items cannot go toe to toe against imports/buy-sell ... whether in a live show, a shop or the Internet ... We just cannot beat them if we market in the same place to the same people. People who buy by price alone are not our customers.
People who don't care who made it are not our crowd either ... even though they will pay big bucks in mall chains for machine made goods supposedly touched somewhere along the line by a human.

I have heard stories about potters ... Friends of friends, someone knows this person etc. ... making a good living on etsy but have yet to meet this elusive person to find out exactly what they consider to be a good living $$$$$. Is it $100 a day before expenses or is it $20?

However, I do know lots of potters who are making their living with the hard work mix of retail, wholesale, live sales and teaching. Pick any three and go for it.

In Topic: Members With Etsy Stores?

29 June 2015 - 12:24 PM

If working the Internet is fun for you and your aim is to wholesale to stores and galleries there, you might want to check out ...
I wholesaled from there for ten years ... but left about seven years ago so I don't know prices or rules etc. I do know they try very hard to keep it "human made" but you would not believe how hard it is to keep it that way. Every craft has its own ideas of where the line is.
There used to be another group wholesale site but cannot remember the name right now. The Guild? Maybe.

In Topic: Members With Etsy Stores?

28 June 2015 - 06:52 PM

Success on etsy is HARD work ... A different kind of work than hauling to shows but very time consuming.
Note that the successful guy is making almost everything by machine to keep his price points low. It is very discouraging to sell against machine made goods be it pottery or jewelry.
With new listings hitting the site by the second, day and night ... It is hard to be noticed. There are clay groups there who could help you.
Read up on all their hints and tips to give yourself a good chance for success.