I was not trying to be unkind. The fact that in a 6 month period, I have had 20+ people inquiring about work only to fulfill paperwork requirements for different type of assistance, quite depressing.
I live in a section of NC that has high unemployment, high, high-school dropout rates and a diminishing pottery tourist market.
It really doesn't matter the deeper causes of these issues, because we have to deal with our daily reality in a very slow economy.
What this means for us is to try and keep the retail doors open for those that still come by and scramble for other markets.
Show cost have gotten very high and considering the downtime from production, wholesale is more profitable than shows.
Cost of clay, glaze, and firing have gone up, but there is a ceiling to the price we can charge for a coffee mug(universal example).
If you are not aware of the economy around you, you may make a major financial mistake in your biz plan.
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