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Finding The Right Show For You

18 May 2017 - 07:01 AM

I did a show in LA last weekend. Drove 15 hour (plus fuel break)

Although it looked good on paper, it didn't feel like the right show for me (not enough handmade work, lots of mass-produced products which they didn't reveal) In the end I came just shy of recouping costs.


I've made myself a list of shows to do this year and it's Renegade (many of those), American Craft Council and Smithsonian.


Since I'm just getting started in pottery selling business, I'm in a "whatever it takes" mindset and doing about 12 shows this year. All retail shows, no trade yet. Perhaps NY_NOW next year.


I want to find the right audience and do the shows with the most impact in terms of ROI.


This would be a question for the westcoast potters -- what are some shows that draw clientele who understand value of handmade art and have the money to pay for them?


Aside from American Craft Council and Smithsonian, what are some other shows that would be considered the gold standard in the world of craft shows for ceramic?


Thank you

Does This Make Sense? (Purchasing Equipment On Credit)

18 May 2017 - 06:43 AM

I'm finally putting my foot down and purchasing a peter pugger. I work a lot with stained clay and also recycle clay by hand and I can see it's not the best thing for my wrists.


The site allows purchase of equipment on credit and I've qualified.

The peter pugger itself is just under $5000 but after interests I'm locked into paying $7400 total when all said and done (24 month payment plan)


The other option is to pay downpayment and in all pay $5800 (12 month payment plan)


The lady on the line said the 24 month plan would be beneficial for building up credit for the company. BTW I already have a credit card I've used for other equipment purchase (wheel, kiln)


Is there value to what she's saying? Or is it a no brainer to go with what'll be just $5800 in the end?


Would love to hear your thoughts on this. I'm trying to learn what I have not considered.


Thank you

Tips For Shipping Pottery In Crate

26 April 2017 - 12:29 AM

Hello everyone,

I have a show coming up in LA and am shipping freight using a crate.

Not having done this before, I'm doing my own research but wanted to get any input you may have.


The crate's a 48x48x48 dimension and I'm thinking to load the crate like this:

- Put 4 boxes inside the crate.

- Each box has 2 inch foam on either side, and each work is foam sheet wrapped, bubble wrapped, then peanuts in.


Does this sound right?


In terms of weight does anyone have some ballpark of what this may weigh? I'm thinking 700 lb including the crate (https://www.uline.co...?keywords=crate) ..

What's Your Wholesale Rate?

07 April 2017 - 12:18 PM

Hi all,

I've been going full speed on marketing my products and have been getting a large amount of wholesale interests, so best think about this ..


My price is pretty low on margin already so can't really do the 50/50 that seems to be common.

Anyone do 70/30? Is that considered reasonable or completely shocking?


What's your margins BTW if you don't mind me asking. PM me if you don't want to make it public too.

And what's your comfortable percentage?


Thanks everyone!