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Member Since 28 Jan 2013
Offline Last Active May 22 2017 11:36 AM

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In Topic: Pottery Back To A Sideline

22 May 2017 - 11:13 AM

I will say this, I didn't quit, I failed. With the losses mounting I just doubled down and worked harder until I was broke and scrambling to save my credit and eat. I stopped because there was simply no choice and literally no way to continue. 

In Topic: Does This Make Sense? (Purchasing Equipment On Credit)

22 May 2017 - 09:57 AM

one thing I will add is that we have a small 25# peter pugger and use 100% porcelain. It is not stainless and yes it has pitted since I've left clay in between uses but haven't seen any problems from that. All you really need to do to avoid pitting is clean it out between uses. That might sound like a huge hassle but its not really that big of deal, After a few cleanings it becomes very predictable and easy, couple of bolts and wiping down. I doubt it takes me more than 15 minutes to clean it out after use when I'm in a hurry. It doesn't pit from using porcelain, it pits from porcelain sitting in it all the time.


I assume you do reclaim in batches and could easily do coloring the same way, We only paid 3800 new but that was 6-7 years ago now.


I second the used route. I see 1000-1500 pugmills come up regularly on facebook marketplace on potters attic and some look to be in great shape.   

In Topic: Skutt 818 With Extension Ring

10 March 2017 - 11:02 AM

Hi Niel, would a 6-50 installed last year likely be able to handle that? Its a dedicated receptacle right by breaker box on a 50 amp breaker and I have been running a skutt 1027 on it.

In Topic: Brick Repair

10 March 2017 - 10:09 AM

well decided against that kiln but thanks for the input. Good deal but too much uncertainty on rest of kiln as I can only inspect pictures and suspect it was dropped.

In Topic: Are Farmers Markets A Good Place To Sell?

22 February 2017 - 06:13 PM

Last summer in an attempt to get some exposure and cash moving we did a couple of dozen farmers markets in the northwest.


These were large markets like you mentioned with large populations in the surrounding area. depends on what you think is worth it. We started out in June when most markets open in this part of the country doing 3 markets a week, Thursday, sat and sun around our regular show schedule. all ran for 5 hours and it took about an hour and a half on each end to setup and breakdown. So that 2 people for 8 hours. After a month we dropped the Thursday market as it rarely topped $200 and the other two settled in between $250-$350. We brought about $3000 in inventory to each and had full booth setup with three display racks and a table.


Berry bowls were hard to keep stocked and mugs and spoon rest were easily half the sales, the bigger the better. I do believe if we did them this year we could work them up to $400-500 through continued building of repeat customers and getting better and better at know what sells. Not sure if those numbers are worth it to you or not.obviously if you count the labor for us to go do it they are a bust but its cash between shows, exposure and they are fun. The customers you do have, at least where we were, are super nice, Make sure you have something like square set up as that's important so that folks with just a few bucks for vegies and flowers can pop a few mugs on their card. We gained some regular customers in the process and also got some orders here and there.


Definitely bring a lot of low priced under $30 stuff but we did sell some more expensive pots here and there.


Oh and yeah $22 mugs were a hard sell. We dropped price to $18 at one point and they started moving. Hand Painted mugs however sold just fine for $28. Not sure much higher would have worked but we don't look for volume on those anyway.