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Rebekah Krieger

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#66976 Hot Wax For Bottoms Of Pots?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 30 September 2014 - 08:16 PM

Hot wax, but not for pottery. I use wax resist... 

#66941 My First Show!

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 30 September 2014 - 01:26 PM

Since I was in sales for 10 years prior to this, I have learned a lot about handling rejection and public insults. When I first started in sales, I took it personally and cried a lot over it.  

For work with pottery, you have to consider the source of the information to determine if it's valuable enough to take to heart.  If I was going to get opinions on vessels, I would want those opinions from people who appreciate good ones and from other makers of vessels. I wouldn't ask a hairdresser.

 I also learned that sometimes people say no for many reasons.  I used to teach my sales representatives that they should consider getting "no" as part of the process to get the "yes".  If you start tracking your rejections and figure out how many rejections you need to get a "yes" you can make it more of a goal to get all the "no" answers quicker to get to the yes.  You could take that concept further by calculating how much your average "yes" sale is. Divide that by your rejections and yes's. Lets say you get about 20 rejections before you get a yes... the average yes sale is $30... (just for instance, not actually)  You u can then divide $30 by 21 (20 yes answers and 1 no) You get $1.47 for each attempt regardless of the yes or no. ;) 

#66884 My First Show!

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 29 September 2014 - 06:17 PM

I was invited to do a show on Black Friday weekend and is am signed up for a christmas show dec 13th.

#66832 My First Show!

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 29 September 2014 - 07:04 AM

Oops I meant I say "boo" ;)
My mugs hold a proper 8oz of coffee and you can pour hot coffee in them immediately so you always have hot coffee and no obligation to drink 2 inches of cold coffee ha Ha

#66807 My First Show!

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 28 September 2014 - 06:59 PM

Pardon my punctuation and grammar, I am coming out of a 2 month busy family marathon and now after this show, my brain feels like it's checking out.  


Ok I am back from my first show. It was from 9am - 4pm.  


First off with my display I didn't display a box worth of stuff because I wanted to keep it clean looking.  I had it re arranged and Liked the way the new display worked,  there were more blocks of wood under things to create more dimension.  I was too busy to remember pictures.  There were lots of things that I learned for sure!  

First thing, I don't know if it's a good idea to have both artistic sculptural work at a craft fair.  Even though I had functional work, I think it confused some people and once some people would see the sculptures they would leave the booth. I have some nude figures and some vulture inspired work, so I might have scared off the conservative crowd.  I sold all functional stuff, and of course 80% of it was blue.  I did not have a windfall of sales, pretty much broke even from my time there, $100 booth fee, and the cost of clay and firing. (I sold $325) An art gallery owner approached me about keeping my work in her gallery. Another fair coordinator came and invited me to show at his fair, and I met some really nice potters.  (there were 6, 1 had wood fired work (beautiful work) , I was the one with more sculptural stuff mixed in, 3 others were strictly functional, and 1 was novelty crafty stuff)  I want to break free from the pre mixed glaze look and develop my own work now.  I did not have a candle, there was a poppurri lady nearby.  


I think I figured out which glazes that I like the best out of my combinations to use for my functional stuff.  There is a green matte satin glaze that I had made at glaze mixer to use on my brown clay body , and I want to use my blue oxide wash with clear coat  for my porcelain. (to appease the blue crowd but do it in a way that pleases me) Then I think I can keep my functional work to mostly those glazes and then get artsy with my other stuff. (until of course I develop more glazes, but I think it's smarter to stick to a few until I develop my own.)  


and For CHRIST SAKE everyone wants my mugs to be bigger and wants those god dammed sponge keepers!! Although I may sell those someday just to develop bottom line sales, I like to make small mugs. I am 2 brain cells away from making a large coffee mug (in blue float glaze, the size of my utensil holders) and have written in slip Here is your effing big blue mug!  LOL (not really, but It would please me to keep it in my studio to privately snicker at)  


I did not get a chance to ask the other potters how they thought the show went. The lady next to me who made crochet hats had a crowd at her booth the whole time, she must have sold at least 50 of them! Half the women were carrying fabric cat tails. (don't ask) ... I think to do this show again I would need to bring mostly functional and novelty things to sell. It's not my goal in ceramics to do, but it would at least pay some bills and be more enjoyable than working outside the home.  



Edit to add:


What I sold-  mugs, a few breakfast bowl mug sets, a gravy pitcher, spoon rests, a tart warmer, 2 utensil holders.  

There you have it! ;)

Oh, and my daughter had a little mini table with her loom band bracelets, she sold more items than I did!!  

#66675 My First Show!

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 26 September 2014 - 02:04 PM

I have gold but not another off white. The tent/canopy will have white walls, do you think it will look plain or better with gold?  Do you see something specific that should be re arranged? I got some "potted plant stands" that I used on some of the bigger bowls to elevate a bit. (not pictured here)  I am so nervous that nobody will walk in my booth, and if they do they will tell me I am out of my mind.  (which I am, but I don't need the general public telling me) 

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#66575 Banding Wheels

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 24 September 2014 - 07:44 PM

I have a shimpo but I also use my kick wheel as a banding wheel

#66283 Can A Candle Produce Enough Heat To Fuse Lid To Body?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 17 September 2014 - 06:51 PM

uh.... after reading this thread I think I need to have a few beers and pull some handles...  :blink:   

#65111 Do You Have Any Big Goals For This Fall's Production?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 26 August 2014 - 11:24 AM

well, all of my kids will be going to school full time.  I have to either get a part time job somewhere, or sell enough pots to make a part time income.  I am going to be pumping up the production and hopefully get a schedule set for myself.  I would like to establish a few coffee shops in the area to keep a mug tree for consignment so I can have a few base sales.  

#64253 The One Minute Teapot.

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 10 August 2014 - 01:24 PM

 I think we found a good use for Blatz and Milwaukee's best. ;) 

#64247 Reduction Kiln- Too Early?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 10 August 2014 - 11:39 AM

I will have to ask him about the kiln photos. It is on another property about an hour or two north.  He isn't really in a rush to sell it, so I anticipate it will be there in 3 years if I wanted it.  (it sat there for at least a decade unfired)  My neighborhood should be fine with it since i live on a country road and we each have 6-20 acres.  my neighbor burns his garbage (it pisses me off when he does but I say nothing because he lived there before I moved into the neighborhood)  and there is a gun club at the end of the road that everyone has grown accustomed to dealing with.  


The guy selling it is the guy who taught the throwing classes at the museum. (where I learned)  Apparently he was a classmate of steven hill. He also built his own anagama kiln.  I am almost tempted to offer him money to help me build one of those. (a small one) Waiting for some local wood fire potters to reply to my messages about participating in a firing.  I did get to observe a raku firing which was fantastic!  I would also love to see a salt firing because i LOVE salt fired items! 

#63575 Granite For Wedging Tabletop/element Wire For Fixed Cut Wire ?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 30 July 2014 - 01:05 PM

i tried using a marble wedging table and it did not work! the clay sticks.   as for potters playing guitar- i can play 3 songs.  iron man by ozzy, smoke on the water, and zombie from the cranberries.  someday i would love to play jim croce's time in a bottle on a 12 sting like him but i don't foresee prioritizing that ;)

#63502 What Are You Working On?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 29 July 2014 - 02:19 PM

Grinding shelves today .....



and planning to make more of these salt hogs (these are my first ever, they are nice and easy to make) 



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#63032 Where To Start With Wheel Newbies?

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 22 July 2014 - 04:29 PM

After a 5 week wheel throwing class at the local museum I went on craigslist and got a wheel. I got a kick wheel because that was all I could afford at the time. It was a great way to learn, especially having to control the speed of the wheel with the kicking etc. The kiln came later. But I just needed the sensation of making pots...

#61739 Craft Shows... Tips For Success

Posted by Rebekah Krieger on 03 July 2014 - 06:22 PM

Mel Jacobsen, the moderator of the Clayart forum, often advises folks to draw a circle 50 miles around their home town -- no need to go further, you can find all the customers you need inside that circle. My circle is a bit larger, but I live in a multi-state area and choose to only do shows in my home state to avoid outside state sales tax filings, etc. Start small, build a customer base (may take a couple of years, and grow from your successes. I do scout new shows the year before to see what the set up is, crowd and traffic flow, other vendors. And, sometimes I just take a chance. I try (now) not to do back-to-back shows so I have time to make items between shows.

unless you live in nebraska- then you need a 50 mile radius around your state ;)