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GEP

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In Topic: Do You Donate Your Work For A Worthy Cause?

27 August 2014 - 08:19 AM

When I was working as a designer, my accountant allowed my to deduct pro bono work as "advertising" say if I designed a brochure for a charity for free, and included the text "Brochure design donated by Mea Rhee [phone number]." So what Mark said is not unheard of, though I've never done it with pottery. My understanding from my accountant was that we were "fudging" the rules a little. The tax codes do not specifically say that we can call our donations "advertising" just because it's mentioned in print somewhere. However, it's possible to interpret things that way. If you think you can back up the claim in the event of an audit, go for it.

In Topic: Input On Studio Setup

26 August 2014 - 10:18 PM

look at the studio Mea created in her basement. really well thought out and efficient. that post was from last year.

Thanks oldlady ... here is my blog post about my studio renovation last year:
http://www.goodeleph...io-of-my-dreams

g-bus, my laundry machines are right next to the sink I use for the pottery studio. But these are on the opposite end of the basement from the clay work areas. I find the laundry machines do not get dusty at all. I do try to keep the studio clean, can proudly say I just thoroughly cleaned the floors. If you are the type to go years in between cleanings, then yes your laundry machines will probably show it.

Also, my boiler and water heater are in the same basement, and I've had no problem with those either. I don't have an oil tank (I have a natural gas line) so I don't know if that would create any issues, though I doubt it would.

EDIT: regarding bciske's comment about tracking dust into your living area ... I keep my studio shoes (Crocs) at the bottom of the stairs, put them on and take them off there. My cat still tracks little dusty paw prints upstairs sometimes.

In Topic: How Would You Describe Your Current Studio Location. Suburban Garage, Urban B...

26 August 2014 - 12:35 PM

Urban basement. It used to be a cramped and unappealing space, but last year I had it renovated. Now it is everything I ever wanted, and allows me to run a business at full-speed. I have two 7 cubic foot electric kilns, and glaze fire to cone 6.

In Topic: Do You Donate Your Work For A Worthy Cause?

22 August 2014 - 10:02 AM

I donate pots, and sometimes money. But these days very rarely, and only to organizations that I have a personal connection. I get regular requests for donations, but most of them get the delete key. It's not that I don't think they are worthy requests, I generally don't have extra pots around that I don't need for my next show. So I have to be selective.

 

No I don't think a donation has ever benefited my business or career. Any request that includes language like "you will benefit from the exposure" I can't take it seriously.


In Topic: Another Sales Technique ... Maybe?

20 August 2014 - 11:58 AM

I've used the "sunlight" maneuver too, and agree that it works. For me it works best when it's a wood-fired pot, and the customer is learning what "wood-fired" means for the first time. It's also related to the "mail me a check" method that Mark C. talked about ... you are letting the customer know you trust them not to steal the pot.