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In Topic: Research Says That The Bigger Your Signature On Your Art The More It Sells For

Today, 02:33 PM

Remember that handmade pottery is a very small industry. The name Fireborn should be enough, because if someone googles "Fireborn Pottery" they will find you in no time.

Most of my pots are stamped with a tiny elephant, less than 1/4 inch. I've had customers who bought a pot in a gallery with no trace of my name attached, google "elephant pottery" and find me.

In Topic: Giving Shoppers A Sense Of Scale

Yesterday, 12:55 PM

This is just a matter of personal taste ... those other two lifestyle photos look professional, but are way too twee for me. I don't think they would impress my customers either. I prefer your more down-to-earth style. 

In Topic: Giving Shoppers A Sense Of Scale

Yesterday, 07:51 AM

Pugaboo, I think your latest photos will work. Good job! Though I do share Mark's concern about making sure it's clear which is the ONE item they are purchasing. If the other four photos in the listing are solo shots, that should do it. But also in the listing for the plate, I would crop the photo down so we can't see the entire mug and bowl, but rather we only see slices of the mug/bowl/silverware on the edges. Just like how a sliver of bread plate appears in the background of the mug photo. The scale seems very clear to me, I think you solved that problem well.

In Topic: Giving Shoppers A Sense Of Scale

26 May 2016 - 09:24 AM

These are a big improvement.

I'm going to be very nitpicky, because we are aiming for excellence right?

People don't slice oranges like that in order to eat them. That type of slicing is just for garnish. But people DO cut oranges into WEDGES for eating.

I agree with not having the tea bag tab front and center. But putting it behind the mug handle is a step too far. Because they are now obscured and shadowed, I can imagine someone not being able to figure out what it is.

I agree that the one cheeseboard disappears into the table top, because they are nearly the same color. I'm going to reiterate my suggestion of a tablecloth, and I would use white or cream. I know you don't want it to look formal, but I guarantee it will not read as formal. It will be clean and non-distracting and put all of the focus on the pots instead. When you see lifestyle photos that read as "casual" and then consider them from a real-world perspective, you'd say "who has time to be that fussy?" But from a marketing perspective, it still reads as casual. "White tablecloth" doesn't mean the same thing in a photograph as it does in real life.

In Topic: Qotw: Do You Have A Story For Us, Featuring Tom Roberts (Aka Tjr) ?

24 May 2016 - 08:12 AM

Oh my goodness. I had no idea he was ill. What a major loss for the forum, he was an excellent contributor from nearly the beginning. I wish I could have met him in person.

My "story" about Tom is that everytime I "liked" one of his comments, he sent me a PM thanking me for the like. He did not take anything for granted.