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GEP

Member Since 08 Apr 2010
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In Topic: How Many Sell Ceramics For A Living?

Today, 02:56 PM

Maybe because I am a little bit younger (44), I know, and know of, lots of working potters of my age or younger. Some of whom are full-timers. Are they all going to make it long term? Probably not, but there are still plenty who are willing to try it. I'd argue that the odds of making it long-term are the same for any entrepreneurial venture. Not for the faint of heart.


In Topic: How Many Sell Ceramics For A Living?

Today, 12:09 PM

 

Here are some similar threads from the FAQs:
http://community.cer...isting/?p=53648


I make and sell pots as my only income, and make a comfortable living. I started a part-time pottery business in 2002, while still working another full-time job. In 2010 my pottery sales allowed me to quit my other job.

 

Interesting to know you kept working for 8 years before you could live off your sales. Makes me feel better about my 2 years of failing to sell :D

 

 

After two years, I still had no idea it would one day be my only job!

 

Edit, to add some context:  When I launched the business in 2002, I had been a recreational potter for 8 years. So I wasn't a beginner potter. I was an intermediate potter, at the beginning stages of style development.


In Topic: Finding Your Own Style...easy To Say

Today, 12:06 PM

This comment is not aimed at anyone in particular, just my thoughts about style development in general:

 

The emergence of style is an organic process. If you are putting in the hours of practice, you can't stop it if you tried. I agree that it is helpful to look at as much pottery as you can. A good "vocabulary" of visual styles is important. However, just like the process of becoming a good writer, your vocabulary will only get you so far. Most of your "style" will come from innate creativity, life experiences, and practice.

 

The best pottery is not different or unique, it is authentic.

 

I also think it's unfortunate when someone is in a hurry to establish their style. To invoke a cliche "journey, not destination." The process is long, but every minute of it is so enjoyable, savor it! Focus on making good pots and lots of pots, and style development will emerge in an authentic way.


In Topic: A Good Reason For A Good Tax Accountant

Yesterday, 10:46 PM

I remember years ago when I noticed the full amount of my mortgage interest had not been listed on my Schedule A. My accountant explained it's because some of it goes on the Business Use of Home form, and the rest goes on the Schedule A. I said "never mind, I'll let you worry about that."

In Topic: How Many Sell Ceramics For A Living?

Yesterday, 10:42 PM

Here are some similar threads from the FAQs:
http://community.cer...isting/?p=53648


I make and sell pots as my only income, and make a comfortable living. I started a part-time pottery business in 2002, while still working another full-time job. In 2010 my pottery sales allowed me to quit my other job.