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MikeFaul

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In Topic: Production Potter Productivity

12 December 2014 - 03:03 PM

 I also think it also matters how the responses are read as it is so easy to read things into responses that are just not there.  

 

 

Which is exactly why it's not a good idea to answer questions which were not asked. Rather ask clarifying questions so as to not read things into the original question. 


In Topic: Production Potter Productivity

12 December 2014 - 12:09 PM

 

Well, so far I just learned why I decided not to post here and haven't for more than a year... I'm thinking this was a bad idea...


Because the Internet always wants to give answers to questions you didn't ask?

 

Yes Virginia, there is wisdom on the internet.... EXACTLY!


In Topic: Cut-Off Date For Christmas Custom Orders

12 December 2014 - 11:16 AM

Paul
shippers get REAL rough with packages about this time of year.
I never have shipping breakage issues except at the holidays-as they are so rough on my double boxed pots.
I have a web page that is deticated just to this subject
http://www.liscomhil...pping-info.html

The last note is I already have 16 retail sales days in Dec and taking time out to ship a spoonrest is not what I plan on doing . I focus on my sales which are more large volume sales-getting hundreds of customers their christmas gifts directly from my booth in time for the 25th under a tree.This month (dec)is always a huge mounth for me as its my 35th year of running my own pottery booth in Town just for holiday sales.
One last note on last minute shipping. Often the shipper get overwhelmed and schedules drag a few extra days-I know this from past experience(last year a woman talked me into a last minute shipment across country in a snow storm)It made it on the 24th just barely.
Mark

 Why we double box as well, a package sent to a customer was returned in this condition... And, the pot survived!


In Topic: Production Potter Productivity

11 December 2014 - 11:05 AM

 

 

If I were in your position I would pay someone with experience to come into your facility for a real time consult. It would be money well spent, and deductible. You are at a distinct disadvantage since you are not a pro yourself.
When I did production it took a while to refine the process to the least amount of steps, the fewest touches of the clay to get the highest percentage of successful work. You lose every time someone has to touch the clay.


I thought about this, and would be willing to fly the right person in for a few days, but I haven't got a clue who to approach... And, nearly every suggestion we've received has already been implemented. And, those we didn't were discarded for good reason. Like slip casting... Originally we were going to cast, but gave it up because of our foot print, the number of molds we would need, and slip mixing and reclamation equipment issues. Now, throwing is an integral part of selling the pots.
I think it would be good to go after someone ... not only to consult on process but refine the throwing procedure. Fifteen an hour is not an unreasonable 'production speed' on a simple cylinder.

...just thinking as I walked that the throwers could be placing the logos on the cylinders thereby eliminating the whole score and place routine later.

 

I also think the target goal for 2015 should be about 15 per hour... That would allow a potter to fill a kiln in 4 or 5 hours.


In Topic: Production Potter Productivity

11 December 2014 - 11:03 AM

 

 

If I were in your position I would pay someone with experience to come into your facility for a real time consult. It would be money well spent, and deductible. You are at a distinct disadvantage since you are not a pro yourself.
When I did production it took a while to refine the process to the least amount of steps, the fewest touches of the clay to get the highest percentage of successful work. You lose every time someone has to touch the clay.


I thought about this, and would be willing to fly the right person in for a few days, but I haven't got a clue who to approach... And, nearly every suggestion we've received has already been implemented. And, those we didn't were discarded for good reason. Like slip casting... Originally we were going to cast, but gave it up because of our foot print, the number of molds we would need, and slip mixing and reclamation equipment issues. Now, throwing is an integral part of selling the pots.
I think it would be good to go after someone ... not only to consult on process but refine the throwing procedure. Fifteen an hour is not an unreasonable 'production speed' on a simple cylinder.

...just thinking as I walked that the throwers could be placing the logos on the cylinders thereby eliminating the whole score and place routine later.

 

The idea of attaching the logos earlier has come up from time to time. Many have vey fine detail than can be lost if the clay is too wet. But, we haven't tested this enough. I'll tee up some tests at different stages of dryness after the Christmas rush...