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In Topic: Etsy Partners With . . . Macy's?

25 November 2015 - 10:34 AM

Interesting development. Also, I did not know that Etsy was doing so poorly in terms of stock value.

My experience with wholesaling is that small craft galleries are aware of the production and time limits for hand makers, and try very hard to respect those boundaries. There are some potters (and makers in other mediums) who can produce high volumes, and some who can't, and craft galleries understand this.

The one time I worked with a major retailer, one who carries some handmade and some mass-produced, the experience was very different. The buyer seemed to be intentionally ignoring my boundaries. i.e. I would say "I need six weeks to produce this order" so they would send a purchase order with a 5 week turnaround, then send another purchase order for the same quantity two weeks later. When I tried to explain why that doesn't work, they seemed to think I was a diva.

In Topic: Do You Eat Off Your Own Pots Everyday ?

23 November 2015 - 07:50 PM

Currently eating pizza and salad from one of my dinner plates, with water in a David Voll mug.

In Topic: Mug Broke With First Use.

20 November 2015 - 10:34 AM

Yes. I once got a phone call from one of my galleries ... a customer reported that my mug cracked when it met boiling water. I was mortified! I sent out a free replacement, and the gallery sent back the broken mug. The crack occurred along a latitude near the bottom of the mug where I had trimmed it too thin. Until then, my priority was to make mugs as light as possible, because I think that makes a mug more comfortable to use. But I changed my mind. Now my priority is "evenly thick throughout." My mugs are a little heavier now.

I agree with you that a mug should be able to withstand boiling water, so I am not willing to use that excuse. I can't really comment about tension caused by the extra glaze in your glaze catcher. My opinion is that the thinner wall was the sole cause.

In Topic: Is Decal/transfer Paper Could Be Fired With Gas Kiln?

18 November 2015 - 09:28 AM

I don't have the answer to your question, but I am moving this topic to the "Studio Operations" section where it will get more views.

In Topic: "i Covered Expenses ....."

10 November 2015 - 10:09 AM

Lots of states have a "one-time use" form or a temporary license, but many do not. I wish every state did. I use "one-time use" forms for DC and VA, but I had to get a permanent license for PA. I just learned I need to get a permanent license for Massachusetts, for a show next year that I might only do once. Groan. These licenses are all free, and the paperwork is not that bad. The hard part is remembering to file the returns on the right date, because the filing deadlines are different for every state. I have to file a monthly sales tax return for Maryland, so I use that activity as a reminder to check if I owe money to any other state.