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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 durability is also a factor. See how I just have all of these excuses. I will make a few more large platters tonight to see how it goes. I do like the idea of 6 mugs on the platter as a set...
  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 people have suggested that I make a large bowl or platter, or a large vase.. One of the suggesters is the person who curates and puts on the gift show. She says I have a gap at the high end of my line. I have prototyped all three of these, and I just don't feel like they are ready design wise for me to release them wholesale. At least, I keep making up excuses and reasons why they just don't fit with the rest of the work. Reason 1: If I am going to do a large platter, I think it should be stoneware like the mugs. This platter will not go with the earthenware platters I already have in my wholesale line. I want it to go with the dinnerware line that I have been designing, but have yet to develop. I could do a platter and pitcher duo in porcelain, but I see it glazed very different from the mugs. Reason 2: I have a few other small items that I would like to bring out with the work this year. A cup and a tumbler to go with the mugs. And a ring dish and medium bowl to go with the earthenware. I am running out of time. Here is my question: Should I bust my butt and bang out the platter(and pitcher) set before I feel like they are really ready. Or stick with just the NEW smaller items and leave a gap in the line at the very top end? I would consider all of the items I currently have in the middle and low price range. you can preview my work at http://jessteesdale.com/portfolio/
  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 together. The work landed in my lap at a time when I wasn't working in the studio much, but wanted to get back to it. I didn't have the money to get things going myself. I think there are people out there who may want this type of arrangement. Put an ad in the back of ceramics monthly, or CAD. You might find a good fit.
  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. 2.75% for each transaction, and the sales all report with my square card reader sales. no need to work through paypal anymore. $ goes directly into my bank account.
  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 dates and I will do my best to accommodate.
  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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