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  1. Ya know I wouldn't stress to much more on the site. I know some people here are doing more from their sites since the pandemic but the verdict is still out on if that will continue. As far as I can tell before that no one here really made any (much) money from their website's and most pottery websites are more of a brochure than selling platform. If I were you, based on your original post, I would call it good for now and concentrate on the stuff that will make a difference in your new business. Like Callie said the site is an ongoing project and you can always come back and dink around with i
  2. sorry not by shop for pic but just search in google on dust deputy or dust stopper and you will see a bunch of examples of each. The dust deputy sits between the hose in and the shop vac and I find it reduces (by a lot) the dust that gets to the shop vac. I use it though to pull plaster dust off a CNC router that is in a sealed enclosure. Without the dust stopper the shop vac was putting out some dust out into the studio and when I added this that stopped. I do wood and pottery and have a larger dust collection system for my wood working tools. Another way to go if you have an outside d
  3. yeah you are right but of course one has to agree on what's perfect To me Wix and Squarespace turn out almost every website identical. Getting back to the OPs site I guess I don't see her site as unusable on a phone but yeah you do have to scroll down from the logo so there s that.
  4. Ah you guys are tough. I didn't even look at that as an issue but rather a style thing. Once I scrolled the page into view the menu works as expected and it seems to me that responsive designs are always quirky . I write web apps for the day job and hate responsive phone coding. Make one look nice and the other doesn't without dinking around. Wish adaptive had won out because platforms IMHO should be individually optimized if it matters or just go with mobile friendly. Phones are so big these days just going with mobile friendly with the same design on both is just fine. But I am an old man
  5. worked fine on my phone. I do notice that when going to menu items there is a bit of blank page and the page starts an inch or two down but is definitely switching to mobile view on my phone, Samsung Note using chrome.
  6. I tried to look through the threads to see if I was being redundant. I went to your website and under portfolios the page is off so I would fix that. Hey very nice pots and the site is nice as well. When I clicked 'shop individual pieces' I just get an enlarged picture and price. I see there is a message that says pay through pay pal and tax not included on some pages and on others just tax not included but I don't see a way to add anything to a cart and checkout. If the routine is for people browse through your pics and to then go to the contact page and order what they want by just telling y
  7. looks like you have lots of good advice. Thought I'd throw out our experience since we also combine the pottery business with W2 income for me and also have an LLC with business insurance (all things you mentioned). If you make less than I think $600 I don't think you need to do anything unless you want to write off equipment and/or expenses. If it is a hobby business then you should go to the IRS website and read up on that because you can only write off some stuff with that designation. I'm in Texas and we are an LLC, have a sales tax id from the sate, work from a home studio in a garag
  8. bummer, hoe you get the next one. We have a Skutt 1027 with the Kilnmaster controller and two others with Bartlett controllers nd there isn't much difference. Both have some pre-programmed fast/slows and both allow you to put in custom ones as well so don't worry about if another one pops up with a Bartlett or Kilnmaster.
  9. With pottery if you can get clay you can start doing stuff 10 minutes later, seriously. From your post I can't tell how experienced you are or if this is a new studio so if you are an experienced potter with a studio already then ignore my post as it will likely just be annoying ...but if you are new then I'd advise you to just pick the right kiln for your work, order it and then just do other stuff until its installed. Of all the things to have to wait for a kiln would bother me the least. Just make stuff and prep it for the kiln and then when it comes in you will have a few bone dry lo
  10. hey old lady, has the consignment shop translated into any sales?
  11. ya know some of them do have have a very art/artisan minded crowd. We found the Everett one in Seattle area was a lot like many if not most art shows we do. The crowd was often locals out for a walk and there to grab some vegies but it is on the waterfront and people had money and liked handmade and on a nice weather day it was crowded. Sold a lot of mugs but bigger stuff would sell as well. We couldn't bring enough berry bowls but my partner hates making those and we overpriced accordingly (but still always sold out). Only a 5 hours sales window though so a lot of work for the hours you
  12. hey congrad. Couple of thoughts to add to all the great advice. Wheels, I am hard of hearing so love the Shimpo whispers we have, very quiet and work great. Have been some complaints here on torque on higher weights but we dont throw huge pots and have never noticed a problem. I've used Brent, Shimpo and a clayboss for 6 months. kiln, We have a 9cf oval and a skutt 1027. I think the 7cf 1027 is the most popular small studio kiln. Love the way skutt is built. The round kilns though make large platters a challenge so if you are going to do platters you might look at what size and co
  13. but that's a thousand off new not off another comparable late 90s/early 00 5cf kiln. Stuff depreciates and the value goes down unless its made of precious stones or metals To me getting more than I paid for a kiln 20 years later would definitely be making out really, really well on the deal. I'm just saying the actual owner of the kiln may well get that the friend is wrong and a fair price for that kiln is no where near 2k. besides that 1000 savings you mention evaporates in a hurry if the 20 year old controller goes on the blink or a brittle element craps out. But at 7-$800 which I bet
  14. no I get that. Yes it cost 3 grand to get a new 5cf Skutt and vent but I really don't think that means a 1998 one with a vent is worth anywhere near 2k no matter how little use it has seen and if I understood the original post the go between friend thought that was a good tie in and suggested it as an offer. I was suggesting that perhaps the actual owner gets that the kiln is not worth more than they probably paid 22 years ago and they might be open to negotiating a more realistic price. Maybe not but I wouldn't think anyone would pay anywhere near 2k for a 1998 kiln, electronic controller or
  15. Just wondering, who came up with the 2 grand price? That is a 4.5 cf kiln. We have a 9cf oval electronic controller from early 00's that was $1800 with everything (vent, furiture), delivered and it has been moved 4 times now and fired 100's of loads and it works great. We have a Skutt 1027 from 2015ish (actually bought 2 of these) that were both under 2k with furniture and another $350 for vents and that is a 7 cf kiln. I mean I dunno what a 5cf kiln cost in 1998 but I I find it hard to believe it was more than $1200-$1300 with controller and vent, maybe a bit more (since controller
  16. ya know maybe you guys should rethink it a bit. Does retiring have to be a complete walk away? Maybe retiring is just changing what you do. Maybe your pottery moves more toward something that shakes things up and is less about paying bills and more about enjoyment. We have talked about when we get past the age we want to be lifting 50 pound boxes of clay moving to Egyptian Paste Jewelry and other small items. Retirement that I've seen seems to be best with a work routine of some sort. I don't know why but it seems the happiest and healthiest old people in my family have been the ones with
  17. You said easier to setup and I couldnt agree more. To me one of the things that makes shows somewhat suck is setup and tear down so I would stick to that. Watching this thread as we want to simplify as well. We bought a several thousand dollar professional show rack that is beautiful and I hate setting that beast up and switched to collaspable shelves and one center table last season and while better still just too much and takes an hour an a half on both ends to deal with. Marks shelves look really quick and nice. Good luck and please post what you end up doing.
  18. ya know I do think that by the time this is over a lot of marginal shows will be gone but like you mentioned, hoping that will just strengthen the ones that remain. So many shows seem to not make anyone any money. Of course anyone thinking of getting into the business of art shows should be exploring opportunities that this has created.
  19. A 3-$4000 machine to process a few buckets of clay scrap every once in a while may not pencil out but if you can get right in your mind that a potter dose not have to spend time and cause body wear and tear wedging then there's that. Also things change, about a year ago I started pressing a lot of tile and now it would be absurd to not mix/pug as I end up with a huge amount of scrap and it would add thousands a year in expenses to just toss. I went from using the pugger every once and a while to almost daily. I also think that as a new pro ya just have consider getting things like this
  20. Well that is the problem when small businesses consolidate. If the new service sucks then they lose the customer base. If its mostly an asset sale then some don't care too much but if you paid based on future revenue from the customers then your probably screwed. When I bought other companies I escrowed a portion of the dough and a lot of the value paid for customers was phased in payments as we hit milestones so the outgoing owner(s) has an incentive to help us keep customers. Usually the market has been split up between a few large companies and then the 2nd tier might be a bunch of local sh
  21. hey glad to hear it is looking like the damage was minimal. ya know the problem I see with candling is that it gets real easy to think of it as a way to just push wetter and wetter stuff on through until boom. Now ya got get yourself through PES (pottery explosion syndrome) and hope you have a mild case. Some potters with a bad case of PES will struggle to fire stuff they threw 6 months ago. Every pot feels cold and clammy and they have flashbacks of when they initially opened the kiln and saw the carnage. ...I find that Mexican food and margaritas will help. But I actually th
  22. I spent some time doing rollups and to get it right the common denominator has to be a great process. People don't like change but they can adjust. We bought out a dozen small companies and many of them were run half a$$ed so we lost very few customers. We were an upgrade. Had a competitor that also bought out a few smaller outfits and they always bled customers after closing and we ended up with those customers too. No matter what the business people mostly demand a well run process and they like to feel that they matter. The only other way to keep customers is sell or offer something th
  23. A decade ago we bought a bunch of stuff from them and they were great, I heard they sold out to some non potter/artist company 4-5 years ago that was rolling up a bunch of drop ship website businesses and BCS used to keep a lot of stuff warehoused so it was probably a bad fit from the start.
  24. ya know I'm not sure any potters today will be viewed down the road as a name other than maybe a few sculptors. Functional potters like Leach, Mackenzie etc... have huge name recognition beyond other potters but I think they may have been the end of an era. Everything is so social media centric and that is so dominated by people known for being known. This thread though has me thinking about this though. I need to work harder at knowing who's doing what.
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