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oldlady

Member Since 29 Jul 2010
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In Topic: What Do You Like Making Vs. What Sells

19 January 2014 - 03:28 PM

cityscape bottles are great!  congrats on taking some ideas and forming your own masterpiece.


In Topic: How Many Hours A Day Do You Work?

21 December 2013 - 02:23 PM

from sept to thanksgiving i am always running.  that is when the four big shows happen and i am always trying to get enough pots out to have stock for each. was interrupted daily by things that did not matter so there was not much made this year. my usual day runs from before breakfast to midnight.  

 

it was a shock to set up for the most profitable sale on the friday after thanksgiving and find that i did not have enough things to fill the three tables i always reserve. i had several stands that hold multiple things that were not even used.  the space between items was HUGE looking.  i had three baskets of low priced things, $9, $12 and some tiny teabag holders at $5.  most of what was available were butterdishes and the trays i priced at $35 per Mea's advice. the sale would start on saturday and i was worried all night.  i scoured the studio to find anything to take to the sale.  there was one large open bowl that i had made at another potter's studio.  he fires in a gas kiln and let me pay for the pot and do it myself.  i stuck a ticket on it saying $110 thinking i could take it off when i brought it home on sunday.

 

the trays at $35 were the lifesavers, those were sold so fast that there were only 2 left at 2pm saturday when i left for the day.  the big one was sold before noon.  do not know what was going on but everyone had great sales that weekend.  packed up all three basket leftovers in one small one.  took home only 4 boxes, lightly packed.  was the moon in some strange phase that weekend?

 

thanks to Mea i made $50 more than last year with many fewer pots!  LESSON LEARNED............lock the studio door, make more pots and raise prices.


In Topic: How To Actually Support Yourself

05 December 2013 - 09:02 AM

thank you dirtroads.  have always thought my stuff is giftware, i may as well admit it and try your ideas.


In Topic: Firing An Acrylic Painted Pot

05 December 2013 - 08:52 AM

why would it explode?  sometimes people do not ask enough questions when they hear something.  contact a paint company technician and ask what happens to acrylic paint in a house fire.


In Topic: How Have You Included Pottery In Your Holiday Or Vacation?|December 3, 2013

05 December 2013 - 12:48 AM

in 2003 virgin atlantic offered a buy it right now price one way ticket to london for $100.  had to go between january and the first of april.  i called a friend in LA and she and i met at Heathrow.  we rented a car and took off for John Leach's studio.  we hit many places that were not potteries, Wells Cathedral and York Minster, but they were few. got to see the david leach retrospective and meet him in his studio as well.  got to St Ives and Penzance, stayed in hostels all over cornwall.  bought pots, shopped at Oxfam, watched potters, ate in many pubs.  had a great time and only spent $1000 for the 10 days we were gone.  incredible trip.  i repeated it the next year when the same offer came up.  took a different person, stayed at seth cardew's  B&B, a place that makes chimney pots, and more hostels. got to the Ashmolean but missed staying at an ancient castle because it did not open until april 1 and that was when i turned into a pumpkin and had to go home.  sigh......................