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  1. Excellent! You all Rock! So glad I thought to post. I knew I could count on you.
  2. I am wondering if anyone has tried using the paint spray guns from harbor freight that run around $16.99. Or is it a you get what you pay for situation and worth the $50 to buy the PH300 glaze sprayer from the ceramic suppliers? Do paint sprayers even work for glaze, or will the just get all clogged up? I make 1" ceramic pendants and hand brush the fronts and backs. two coats on the back and three on the top. I currently have hundreds to do, and I think the time saved by using a spray gun will be the way to go.
  3. thank you so much for being so open and sharing with your information.
  4. just a dusting should be fine. how wet is your clay? if it is so wet that the cornstarch is absorbing, you may need to let your slabs dry between plaster boards for about an hour.
  5. my favorite comment is when a person asks if I sell on line. I usually just direct them to my website where they can purchase a limited selection of work. but I want to say, " as you can see I have all of my work on display for you here, and you won't have to pay any shipping"
  6. I actually do production wheel throwing for another potter. My work is all hand built. I do have a new wheel thrown bowl that I have been making for a customer. But throwing more than 3-4 pounds is difficult for me. I really do not like throwing large on a regular basis. and I do not think that my personal thrown work is very me. I have a hump mold for a 14" square platter and I made one out of the midrange porcelain. I do not want to make it out of earthenware. Mostly because I use commercial earthenware glazes and it will use a pint to glaze one. I know thats a lame excuse. The dur
  7. I was conflicted as to put this under business and marketing, or making/studio op. It does pertain to making so here I am. I did my first wholesale show last march, and I am gearing up to do my second one this march. I kept my line very basic last year, because I really wanted to see how it went. I did great, and my line was well received. I stamp images onto hand built work. I have a mug line which is mid range porcelain, and an earthenware line of two small trays, and a 11 inch oval platter and small bowl. I also have little pendants. I am currently in a situation where a few
  8. I do some production work for another potter who wants their work to be handmade, but can't possibly make it all. I deliver the bisque, and she glazes at her studio. She buys all of the clay, and I help design the work so it is throwing friendly. We work out a cost per piece that fits into her wholesale cost, and I do the piece work. I personally enjoy doing zero of the marketing. I just drop off and get paid COD. BUT...she already has a flourishing wholesale business. Her work is marketed, and she is growing. I also have the benefit of having her as a Mentor for getting my line togeth
  9. I am doing my first wholesale show in mid march. I have a line of mugs and some tableware. I create a lot more items than I am putting on my line sheet. My thought is to only offer my most popular items on the line sheet, and then introduce "new" items in the future. I will have items on display in my booth that will not be on the line sheet. (I still want people to see what is available) Do you think that is too confusing for the buyers? Or, do you think they want to see options? A friend told me that people will only buy what is on the line sheet. Do you think that is true?
  10. I had an etsy page, but like most everyone else is saying, it was a lot to maintain. I mostly want a page for the few people who ask me if I sell online. And, I occasionally get custom orders. So, I set up a square market page for myself. It was very easy, and I can direct people to it using my own email list and social media. I find it easier to manage (not as much tagging and verbiage needed for each piece. And, I like the clean modern look. Now when I get a custom order, I just create a listing, then email the link directly to the customer. As soon as they pay, I complete the order.
  11. Thank you both so much!! This is what I have so far. Please let me know if you see any red flags. Wholesale Ordering Wholesale order minimum $200. Order in multiples of 4 with matching color, shape, and design. Wholesale orders take approximately 4-6 weeks to complete depending on production schedule and order complexity. Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover Accepted. Terms may be negotiated after business relationship has formed. Shipping Shipping and packaging to be calculated when order is finished and added to final payment. Contact me with any requests for delivery
  12. I am putting together my first wholesale line sheet. I am just curious what other potters have for their payment "rules". What do you use for your wording? I am accepting credit card. Do you do ½ payment before you make the work then charge the other ½ with shipping? Do you just charge the credit card when the order is done? Or, do you charge up front? I do plan on carrying some inventory, but there will be orders where I need to complete all of the work before shipping.
  13. I have a line of work that is monochromatic blues and greens with some black and whites to make everything pop. I have an extensive background in color, so my choices are well thought out, and it doesn't hurt that my colors are great in my firing range.^6. I just don't like browns so much. I want to know if other potters think that working with blues and greens is a sell out. Be honest. I will not be changing my colors, because I truly do like what I have going on, but I am just curious.
  14. I know some folks will shy away from doing this. But before I spend money on making shelving, I would like to see what others have done. The more collapsible and compact the better
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