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In Topic: Can A Candle Produce Enough Heat To Fuse Lid To Body?

11 September 2014 - 08:51 PM

I agree with Neil. Glaze melt does not make sense in this situation.

In Topic: Co-Op

11 September 2014 - 07:35 PM

What is the difference between the amount of commission you paid them per month, and the $96 monthly rent? If the $96 rent is cheaper, how many months would it take to break even on the $750 buy in? The amount of time this will take would drive the decision for me. When I spend this much on a selling opportunity I expect to earn it back with a healthy profit right away.

I'm afraid I agree with Chris about the meeting ... that could be a dealbreaker for me too :-)

In Topic: Competition?

11 September 2014 - 09:16 AM

When it comes to head-to-head selling at a show, I have always pledged to NOT compare myself to other potters in a competitive way. This attitude has always served me well. It would be way too easy to get discouraged if you care how much others are selling. Remember that once you adopt a negative attitude at a show, customers run away.

These days I am observing, at the shows that I choose, the potters all have a distinctive and well-developed style, enough that we are not competing for the same customers. At a recent show, I was near another potter whose work is gorgeous but very different from mine. I frequently saw customers carrying shopping bags from her booth who barely glanced at my booth. And I'm sure she was noticing the same thing. Generally I find that when I had a good show, so did the other potters. And vice versa.

So this is where competitiveness is a factor for me ... I need to get into these shows, and I know there are a set number of spots for ceramics. I am competing with other potters at the jurying stage. This can be tricky. Recently, I told another potter about a small show that I really liked. Then I didn't get into that show. Now I'm wondering if I should have kept it to myself. Oh well, I'll just try again next year and try not to worry about that. Also, I did a show that was new to me this year, and had a great show. Then another ceramics friend told me she didn't get into that show this year. Now I wonder if I displaced her. It's not always pleasant but it's the reality of this type of work.

In Topic: Buying Show Shelves

09 September 2014 - 09:21 AM

I stack dinner plates, and some of my simple bowl forms, on a shelving unit that is a little smaller than the ones you are considering. My shelves are 48 inches long fiberboard, and they do not sag.

In Topic: Buying Show Shelves

08 September 2014 - 09:42 AM

I like the first ones best. I thought "nope" to the second set as soon as you said "50 lbs." I know I would get tired of schlepping them around. Also, they give you much less horizontal display space than the first set.

The first set does not give the weight (unless I missed it) but you could ask the ebay seller. They are intended to be portable so it seems likely they are easy to move. You could paint or stain them if you like the darker color better.

I like the third shelves too, but they are roughly half as wide as the first set. You would need to get two of them to equal the display space of the first ones.