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  1. I got a visit from the landlord today. August will be my last month. Thank you for all the advice! I posted in the Potter's Attic today. I wish I knew about that when I was looking for a wheel! I've tried craigslist with little success but will try again. Once I get the official paperwork from the landlord I'll start notifying customers and perhaps one of them will be willing to take over. I'm not trying to profit from the sale. I'll be happy if it pays off the debt I still owe. And I'll be okay if it doesn't. To answer some questions: ~Sales have remained consistent, but this year *was* looking to have higher sales than usual ~I do have a list of every customer's name and telephone number that has come in over the past year ~My asking price is just my business debt. Which adds up to be the actual cost of every item plus about $10k. But I don't know if the value of 20 years of customers and 'good will' is worth that much? (I'm the 2nd owner of the business)
  2. Backstory: I own a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio that also does clay, wheel lessons, etc. The landlord has decided to not renew my lease so she can renovate this location and rent it out for more money. (Yay Portland!) I've decided this is a good opportunity to transition to a home clay studio to focus on my own work, start doing more local sales, ect. So I'm trying to sell the PYOP portion of the store. I had a customer who wanted to buy the store contents and was going move everything to a nearby location. This was perfect as my clientele would still have somewhere to go. However, that person has suddenly stopped responding to all attempts at communication. I'd rather find someone to buy a working, turn key business because that would be more profitable than selling each chair and kiln and glaze bottle off piece by piece. Question: I'm at a loss of how to find more interested parties and was wondering if anyone here had any ideas. I currently have a flier up at the ceramic supplier in town, but that has yielded no interest thus far. Portland, OR is growing fast and I know there are people out there who would love a creative business, I just need to find them! Landlord *ideally* wants me out this summer. Thanks!
  3. Finally cool enough to open and unload. Everything inside looks like it got pretty close to temp. Gonna glaze and test one piece just to see... Opened the box and found a fried connection on the terminal strip. Wah wah wah. But at least I know the original repair to the plug is fine, I guess... Thanks for the help!
  4. I have a big sale coming up this weekend and I put the last bisque load in yesterday afternoon. I come into the studio today to find the kiln reading Error 1. This is a Skutt kiln model km-1227 firing a bisque load to cone 04. This error is about the ramping up rate being less than 12 degrees per hour. Possible causes include large load which isn't the case, and issues with either the relays, elements, or voltage. Normally, I would just call the kiln repair man, but he was here in July fixing this kiln. The issue then was the electrical plug. It had some discoloration around one of the prongs, and he re-wired and replaced the whole plug section. I also had an electrician come out and check the wall wiring and outlet to make sure the problem was isolated in the kiln plug, which it was. The wall wiring is fine. The kiln has been running about twice a week since the repair just fine. The other issue is that our power had been out all morning before I turned the kiln on. Questions: 1) would a power outage cause the kiln to sense low voltage? 2) do you think the issue is with the wiring or is it just ANOTHER issue with the same kiln that happened to pop up right after the first issue? 3) Am I correct in assuming trying to re-run the kiln will result in the same error or create a bigger problem? Most importantly: 4) Will the load be underfired and need to be fired again? Or do you think it's okay to glaze? I have no idea what temp it was at when the error occured and it's still too hot to open and look at. My other kiln is doing glaze loads all week and if I need to re-fire I will not get this entire kiln load done in time for the sale. Thanks!!!
  5. Thanks for the replys. I've been reading Mea's blog all morning I'm in Oregon. Portland at the moment, but after I sell the studio I'll be moving down south to Salem. My boyfriend has a good job in the medical field and we'll be moving closer to his work. Which means I won't know where I'll be living next year, so won't know what type of studio space I'll be able to acheive till then. I also won't have a kiln. The new owner doesn't do clay, so I will be able to keep all the clay/supplies and wheel, but will have to leave the kilns so the store can stay in business glaze firing all the pyop's customer masterpieces. So I'll be out of it for at least a few months while life changes completely. As for my "part time real job" I've been out of the regular job field so long I don't really know what I qualify for. I have a Bachelor's in Graphic Design, but was a cake decorator at a bakery before the pottery studio. I've never had a desk job. But I'm willing to start at the bottom somewhere, if need be. And it will start out as a hobby, getting back into the swing of things, setting stuff up etc, but would love for it to evolve into a business eventually. I've thought about hooking a kiln up in a relative's detached garage/woodshop but I've read through that thread here already lol. I guess, when I move I'll have to specifically look for a place with a home studio in mind. I've added a few (bad quality) pictures of some of my work. It's a lot of texture and a lot of hand painted designs. I don't have a "set style" which I know I'll have to continue to develop.
  6. 8 years ago a purchased a "Paint your own Pottery" studio with the intention of expanding it into both painting pottery, and a clay studio with pottery wheels, demos, classes, etc. I thought it would be great to be able to make my own pieces, display and sell them in the studio, as well as have the usual clientelle who just came in to paint. But over the years I have been too busy working to get work done! haha. Payroll, bookkeeping, taxes, scheduling employees, working extra shifts, teaching classes, customer service, ordering supplies, etc... plus getting all of our customer's pottery fired and out on time has left me very little time for what I really wanted to do from the begining, which is my own work. Paying off student loans, business loans and rent and utilities for both my home and studio space has me working for almost nothing. Each month I pay my bills and that's about it. And it's become increasingly stressful and less enjoyable over time. So I have decided to sell the paint your own pottery business. I already have someone interested and we are awaiting the landlord's approval at the moment before moving further. I'm selling the business for how much I owe on it and am really happy to just be walking away debt free. Fresh start. I'd love to start up a little home studio. Work a "real" job part time, and make my own pieces part time. I have a small etsy shop currently and I have my first big art sale this September, and would love to start doing both regularly when I am able to produce more work. My question is this: Is having a home studio easier to opperate than a rented studio space? I know by downsizing I'll save on rent and utilities, and not having employees. But, otherwise, is the business basically the same? Insurance, licences and fees, taxes, bookkeeping... How much time do you spend on those vs making work? There is a little negative voice in the back of my mind saying all the things I stress about now are still going to be there. Maybe I have the pottery skills, but not the business skills. I just want pottery to be fun again! And to grow and get better. And maybe, just maybe, actually make a profit.
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