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Chris Campbell

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Potters Council Nominations-Now!

19 November 2014 - 12:31 PM

I know this should likely stay in the Potters Council area, but I know a lot of you don't look in every category each time you visit and the nomination announcement only gives Members two days notice.


If you are a Potters Council Member, please consider running for a position on the Advisory Board. It is not as daunting as you think. It is also a great opportunity to influence upcoming benefits, directions and scope of the Council.


Three meetings a year are held by conference call, so you are at home for them and they last about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours each.


One meeting is held in person in conjunction with NCECA and you are given a travel stipend to help with expenses. In the past we have also used a speaker phone to include any Member who could not attend in person for whatever reason.


You are given assignments and are asked to head up a committee ... the demands are reasonable and not extremely time consuming. You will also be asked for ideas for future Potters Council projects and benefits.


I urge you all to consider it for yourselves or think of someone who would be a good fit and ask them to run ... heck, NAG them to run.



Making A Hump Mold ... Tips?

08 November 2014 - 11:54 AM

I am making a solid clay hump mold for an elongated oval tray. I am doing it with cut out paper shapes on each side so I have top and bottom ok ... But ... how do you get both sides with the same angle on the slant?
I guess 'close enough' keeps it looking hand made, but I am sure some of you have ways of doing this well.

Talking About Glaze Tests!

04 November 2014 - 10:47 PM

At tonight's Triangle Potters Guild meeting ( Raleigh, NC) there was a presentation by Martin Stankus and Carolyn Wyland about Cone 6-7 glazes. With some generous helpers and some famous advisors and some great art centers volunteering their recipes ...they mixed 300 glazes and applied them to 4 test tiles each ... One white body, one red ... One set fired in oxidation, the other in gas reduction. Four times 300 is yep, 1,200 glaze tests.
Then we watched a show of each of the test groupings for 35 minutes. Dead silence as a room full of potters drooled over glazes. It was often amazing to see how the glazes behaved on each one. The electric firings had much more running than the gas which was the opposite of what they expected.
They eventually want potters to have access to all the real test tiles, to the donated or open source recipes and to know where to purchase the books others came from. It is an evolving project.
Congrats to them for all this hard work!!

Wholesale Q & A

01 November 2014 - 12:23 PM

Mea asked for more discussion on wholesale so I will start. :)


First and biggest and best tip ever for anyone wanting to make a living wholesaling or retailing their work is to take a two day workshop from the Arts Business Institute. These two days of intensive business information will save you years of mistakes.

If you visit their website you will find articles on almost all areas of craft sales. Sign up for their mailings.




This is an article I have written from my website ... it is by no means complete but I hope it raises more questions and leads to a lively discussion. The longer article is on my site.





Wholesale is a great way to sell your work if you are ready. Here are some of the pros and cons to help you decide.


You get to control your income because you set your price.

You do not have to bother with one-time retail sales unless you choose to.

You can plan your work schedule rather than being at the mercy of crafts fair judges, bad weather and fickle crowds.

You get paid for your work ... usually within 30 days.


You have to know enough about your costs to set a price for your work that gives you a profit and giving the gallery enough room to price it for their profit.

You have a produce a solid LINE of work that hits key price points.

You have to guarantee a consistent level of quality.

You have to deliver what you promised, when you promised to.


 Now to the MYTHS about wholesale.


         1. “I loose 50% of the price if I don’t sell it myself.”


No, you make 100% of your asking price. This price should cover your costs and leave room for profit. The Gallery’s asking price covers the costs of selling the work, which is something you don’t have to do anymore.


         2. “Still, when I sell retail I get to keep all of the money.”


Unless you live in a situation where someone else pays all the utility and rent bills and is kind enough to pay for your computer, your car, your booth fees, your set up …etc …. you are never keeping all of the money. Selling your own work costs money.


         3. “I don’t make enough work to consider wholesale.”


Remember where I wrote that you have to deliver what you promised, when you promised it … well, that can be 20 pots or 200 pots. You are in charge. 


So, lets say you decide to take the plunge. What do you need to do?

Decide on your line of work covering some price points.


A LINE OF WORK: These are pieces that you do well. They are well designed and are shapes that you could stand to make over and over again. Shapes you can explore and progress with. This line of work should look good together on a shelf.


PRICE POINTS: Your work should cover at least a couple price points so your Gallery can sell it to different customers. Galleries are more than happy to tell you the price points that sell best for them since they indeed do want to make sales.


What else??

You need to price your work before you contact Galleries because price will be their first question.


Other questions might be …

“What is your minimum order?”

“What are your credit terms?”

“How long would it take to get more?”

“Who else do you sell to in the area?”

“What is your best seller?”

“What other colors does it come in?”

“Do you accept special orders?”

“Do you make all your own work?”

“What are your guarantees on this pottery?”

“What else do you make?”

“Do you sell online or from your own studio?”

“How long have you been in business?”

“Will you send us samples?”




Pottery Holiday Gifts Wish List

30 October 2014 - 12:27 PM

I saw the email today and had to post a high recommend for this book.

It's a solid reference work for any potter's book shelf.

Any time I have a pottery question ... materials, methods, techniques ... this is where I go first.


Clay: A Studio Handbook By Vince Pitelka


On sale now in paper or download at the Ceramics Art Bookstore.



I invite you all to post your recommendations / ideas for a Pottery Holiday Gifts Wish List.

:D :P :rolleyes: