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  1. i think only the OP can answer this question...nothing sacred about becoming a young potter/ entrepreneur...if you can sell your stuff, then sell it, beats the heck out of working at a carwash (ahhem) or some mindless place like Mcdonalds.....go for it i say

     

     

     

    Thanks for the support.

    I've been selling my stuff since January from my home and through my website. Also through a local art co-op/flower shop and recently just got a request to be the featured artist of the month in a Gallery across the river in Washington as I live in Oregon. And you're right, it does beat working a fast food restaurant because I still am in school and play 3 varsity sports a year so I don't have much time to work. I get payed for playing with clay and doing something I love while I'm at school also! My mom also enjoys the support financially since she is a single mother. If people are going to buy my $150 vases faster than I can make them I must be doing something right.

     

    Here's one of my recent sales


  2. I've been wondering how I could combine polished rocks and pottery. I have an overwhelming amount of them e.g. tiger eye other cool rocks.

    The only thing I've came up with is maybe using some of the more square taller ones as handles & gluing them to the top of a lid after being glazed and fired.

    I was hoping maybe someone could help me out by coming up with some creative ideas because I think it would be cool to do. I havent seen it on any pottery before...

     

     

     

    Thanks

     

     

    Cody,


  3. Hi,

     

    Im coming over to America in September for 3 months. Would like to brush up on certain skills while there especially wheel work and also

    learn a bit more about oxides ,stains glazes etc. Does anyone know of any workshops , classes that are taking place in the Portland area.

    Even better if they have classes for children too as Im bringing my two boys.Much appreciated.

     

    OOps just realised this should be in different forum but dont know how to delete!!

     

     

     

    Im from the portland area and a great place around here to get all your supplies and they even offer lessons on wheel throwing is Georgies !

     

    heres the link

     

    http://www.georgies.com/gcc-main-classes.shtml


  4. In our area the Farmers Market is just for farmers-they do not let Crafts in .

    As for what do I think if they did- great-come one come all-I started out with just a little experience-looking back I sold all my early stuff which was junk by my todays standards but who cares -I gained experience in the market place- the public bought it as the price was right -now days most of my art shows are highly juried events that only pick what they think is good and thats another subject all together.

    Mark

     

    As John B. would say, BINGO! You probably thought what you now know was junk was fit for the Louvre back then. Also, very revealingly, is that you say the "price was right". So, basically, you were selling junk cheap. That must have made potters there who had worked for years perfecting their art and trying to get a decent price for their pots feel real good. But, of course, had this forum existed back then and you, as a beginner, had posted your ugly pots here and asked about marketing them you would have gotten the same fawning praise that the kid with the ugly tree vase got here and Teardrop and Trina would have thought the sky was falling if anyone offered even the mildest of criticism.

     

     

    "Ugly Tree Vase"? you thought it was ugly? thank you! :) I sold that for $85. That means I'll be selling my better pottery for even more!

     

    Jim


  5. In our area the Farmers Market is just for farmers-they do not let Crafts in .

    As for what do I think if they did- great-come one come all-I started out with just a little experience-looking back I sold all my early stuff which was junk by my todays standards but who cares -I gained experience in the market place- the public bought it as the price was right -now days most of my art shows are highly juried events that only pick what they think is good and thats another subject all together.

    Mark

     

    As John B. would say, BINGO! You probably thought what you now know was junk was fit for the Louvre back then. Also, very revealingly, is that you say the "price was right". So, basically, you were selling junk cheap. That must have made potters there who had worked for years perfecting their art and trying to get a decent price for their pots feel real good. But, of course, had this forum existed back then and you, as a beginner, had posted your ugly pots here and asked about marketing them you would have gotten the same fawning praise that the kid with the ugly tree vase got here and Teardrop and Trina would have thought the sky was falling if anyone offered even the mildest of criticism.

     

    Jim


  6. My 2 cents as one who learned to throw in High school and went ahead and got the art degree and has been making pots full time since-(that was 39 years ago)

    I would continue with clay and keep in school and get that degree(your choice of which ) while making pots.

    You will only improve and more eduction is what really will help you in this field-soak it all up-learn it all from glaze making to kiln building as throwing is just one small part.

    as far as which venue to sell your work I cannot say as I do not use either-They both work.

    Good luck and keep at it.

    Mark

     

     

    Thanks for the support Mark!

    I got a scholarship for art and Im probably gonna do studio then I'm gonna get an engineering degree because that is what Im also interested in. so we'll see what happens


  7. Follow your dreams

     

    Follow your heart

     

    Success lies within, not in the measure of others.

     

     

    teardrop

     

     

    Thanks Teardrop... As I said I've only been doing this a year and I'm just listening to my teacher ( who has an art degree ) and to a college art professor and several Oregon Potters assoc. members who have told me I do the work of someone who's been throwing for about 15 years... not my words theirs and the art gallery that asked to sell my work has had no problem selling it not that the fact it sells makes it good because beauty is in the I of the beholder . I've been a straight A student all my life and always being a 3 sport athlete.... now My focus has changed to pottery and I've been offer a scholarship to a amazing christian arts college.. Like I said, Money is not the reason i do pottery. I've donated to many auctions and empty bowls. I've given a lot of my pottery away for gifts but people keep on wanting to buy my stuff. and who am I to turn them down and say " Oh, sorry I can't sell my pottery until I have 8 years of experience.So all that said I must be doing something right and thanks again for the words of encouragement.

    I really like that quote and will have to start using it more often.

     

    God Bless


  8. This is not the reply you want to hear, and it is only my opinion but here goes ....

     

    If you achieve a career in clay you will have about 40 years to make work that has to sell in order to bring in money to pay the bills.

     

    As a 17 year old you have about 8 years to learn to learn how to make good work without caring about sales. Pottery that weighs what it should, works well when used, has good glazes that fit the clay body .... AND satisfies your creative soul.

     

    At this point in your life you should be learning ... soaking in every bit of info you can find .... you should be going out to see pots in museums and galleries ... you should be visiting craft fairs to see what others are making ... you should be trying everything without worrying about whether or not it will sell. It's your window of opportunity.

     

    So don't waste your time ... Soon enough your world will be ruled by "Will it sell and at what price?"

     

     

     

     

    You beat me to this Chris!!!!!!!! THANKS for saying it too. When I read the original posting before I scrolled down the thread... I was about to head in the exact same direction.

     

    This general subject can be extended SO far beyond the idea of being a "high school student". Same is true of the person who is an older adult but has just started taking ceramics classes and is looking at the same kind of thing.

     

    Just because something sells.... does not necessarly make it "good"....... the incesant TV infomercials prove that point ;) . Just because something can be done does not mean is should be done......... look at some of the GMO foodstuffs they are attempting to make :rolleyes: .

     

     

     

    best,

     

    ...............john

     

     

     

    Okay, I didn't know you guys would freak out so much about me advertising my pottery but I get the fact that you guys don't want advertising on here that's fine with me. I also get the fact that you guys believe that I shouldn't be worried about selling my work at such a young age. but that's not all I'm worried about at all. I've only sold a fraction of what I have made. I have a basement full of my work but I just can't keep letting it pile up. It's not like I have my own studio or storage I can put it in. I don't make the rules in my house. So therefor I sell my work. I don't do pottery for the money because if you guys don't know there is little money in making pottery and very few people have the talent to make a living off of it. I have gone to many craft sales, talked and taken classes with professional potters, been a volunteer at the OPA Showcase for 3 years and a lot of different galleries in Portland. I have learned alot from all these events and I've used tips to help make my pottery better.

     

    And just because you've been doing pottery longer than someone doesn't make your stuff better or you better. I've seen people that have taken classes for many years and in college that there stuff isn't close to mine and even they agree. Just because someone has been doing something for a long time doesn't make them automatically "Good" and just because you have a potters wheel doesn't make you a potter.


  9. I'm trying to expand my audience for selling my pottery.

    I'm a 17 year old high schooler thats very interested in pottery and Ive been doing it for about a year now

    and I was wondering if anyone has tried etsy or ebay and which one they have found more successful

    any tips?

     

    I decided to tryout Ebay

    heres my listing if you want to check it out! :) (2 great mugs)

     

     

    [links removed]


  10. I just got in the mail my new photo backdrop.

    I already had a photo cube but the backdrops that came with it werent good at all

    so i went on amazon and purchased a Calumet PVC backdrop. it was $35 but I think it was worth it.

     

    This is my newest bottle that I did, sticking with my tree motif. I also created this custom cork and

    put this broken drawer handle that I found on the end of the cork.

     

    Please comment on how you think the back drop looks or anything i could do differently with my pottery!

    Im a 17 year old potter and Im trying to learn new things everyday! :D


  11. Hey fellow tree person,

     

    Trees are looking good. Have your tried carving, those little loop tools work great for carving and refining tree branches.

     

    For the mugs, the trees going up to the lip looks interesting, but if it were me, I would find away to have the trees enough below the lip, so you could drink from either side.

     

     

    So after I sprig the trees on use a ribbon tool to fix up the shape? Ill have to try it out :)

    and yeah I didnt think about thatt.. Ill keep that in mind for my next ones... Thanks!


  12. here are some of my new Tree pottery:)

    please comment if you have any new ideas for me

    I've only been doing this tree stuff for a couple months

    so any tips will help me out :)

    The pot on the right sold for $45 and the mugs are $20 each Different colors are availableyou can email me at cgalvin3@gmail.com

     

    Thanks!

     

    (press CTRL+ scroll out) to zoom out because the picture is pretty big)


  13. I really like the tree on the pot. Very well done!

    However I think the pot is too black - it is so black that it eliminates any possibility of

    showing hue or texture which would be a better background to your tree.

     

    thanks!

    I agree with you on that.

    It was actually an order that they wanted all black

    i sold that one for $100

    and the other one for $40

     

    i usually like to use iron oxide with a glaze that lets it show through so it shows some of the texture i put on the tree :)

     

    thank you for the tips!

    i love hearing from different potters :)


  14. I really like the tree on the pot. Very well done!

    However I think the pot is too black - it is so black that it eliminates any possibility of

    showing hue or texture which would be a better background to your tree.

     

    thanks!

    I agree with you on that.

    It was actually an order that they wanted all black

    i sold that one for $100

    and the other one for $40

     

    i usually like to use iron oxide with a glaze that lets it show through so it shows some of the texture i put on the tree :)

     

    thank you for the tips!

    i love hearing from different potters :)


  15. Congratulations on being brave enough to put your work out there and welcome to the obsession of clay!

     

    Your work looks about what I would expect from someone who has been throwing for a year. You are imaginative in your surface treatments and this will get more exciting as you progress. Your forms look a little heavy though so practice throwing cylinders until you can get nice even sides and bottoms. Throw, slice in half, examine ... Throw again. Boring but worthwhile.

     

    Also, next time you photograph your work take away the clutter so it is only your work that shines. No need to have us looking around at the room and other artwork when it's your work you want us to focus on. :)

     

    Please, keep sending images as you progress ... I think you have a good future ahead of you.

     

     

     

    Thank you for the advice! :)

    I took that in class right when it came outta the kiln because i was too excited to take it home into the photo booth i have set up.

    I will be posting more soon! :)

     

     

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