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  1. Thanks, Marcia. I unfortunately had to remove that part of my post (ended up removing it entirely). Guess I crossed over the plug line! Sorry, all. I was just trying to be helpful.
  2. Not sure how much I can contribute here, since I'm also a newbie (just started throwing on the wheel in April). But I will say that focusing on the process has been immensely helpful in terms of ENJOYING and GROWING. I just finished a course where the instructor, though skilled and friendly, did not provide much detailed feedback. For weeks, I had trouble centering 1-2 lbs. of clay. Then I started a teapot-making course at a private studio where we were throwing minimum 2.5-3 lbs. of clay. I struggled with centering on the first day BUT received some very helpful, tailored feedback from my teacher. I went back the next day by myself to practice centering, over and over again, using the newly learned tips. Something finally clicked, and I found I could not only center, but pull walls and shape without the form collapsing. It was an amazing feeling. Not to say centering is easy for me now, but I was just surprised that small adjustments can make a big difference. On his second day of beginning wheel-throwing class, my husband managed to throw a vase with a neck and nice round form that was larger and more uniform than anything I am able to do. He jokingly rubbed his success in my face. But he's not very detail-oriented, so I'm curious to see how he is at turning and refinement, haha. :-) --> Seeing how differently my husband and I approach and grow in pottery made me realize that this is like going on a journey as a solo traveler--you learn so much along the way, and can absorb a lot from the wonderful people you meet, but the part that matters most is your own personal journey, and that can only go at your own pace. Like you, I have dreams of one day being able to sell pieces, but (a) I know that's far, far away, realistically; and ( it's not my one end goal. Since selling is not my end goal, I can focus on enjoying the present learning process, which is enriching! Also, I am finding the pottery/ceramics community to be so welcoming and generous. Good luck!! May many happy days be in your future!
  3. Hi, everyone, Wow, thank you all so much for your feedback. I didn't expect so many responses! I apologize for not being able to respond to each of you individually--I'm running out the door to go out of town. All the points you make are great food for thought and some things I didn't consider, such as whether I want to keep it. I ended up marking the piece not for sale. I realized that I do want to keep my piece, partly because I like it and largely because I wouldn't feel comfortable with it being out in the world with my name attached to it (as some of you brought up). As for pricing, it seems like there isn't any one "formula," so to speak. I do like the suggestion of checking comparable work and for testing one's market. All things I'll consider moving forward....it's going to be a long (great) journey. Thank you all again!!
  4. Hi everyone, I have enjoyed perusing this rich forum and feel very grateful to find this community. I am a 30-something beginner pottery student at my local community college (there's a long story about how I got here). My professor selected a few pieces for a student art show, including a vase I made using coil construction and experimenting with engobe/glaze/sgraffito. The submission form asks me to list a price. I've never participated in a show, and I have no idea how to price my work. I've browsed a few of the other posts on this forum, but the ones I've read don't seem to apply 100% to a beginner. Does anyone have advice on how a beginner should go about pricing for a show? Should I just list "Not for sale?" On one hand, I'm a little shy about putting any "price" on my vase at all--while I do like how certain aspects of my vase turned out, it is, to me, beginner's work and I feel it's apparent when I look at my piece. I have deep respect for this craft and want to view my work with honest eyes. On the other hand, there is something about my piece that appealed to my professor (and to others who commented on it) that maybe I don't see. Also, I do want to take part in this student show because I want to become more immersed in the local pottery/ceramics community. I hope my question is not too vague. If it is, please let me know. Any thoughts would be much appreciated! Thank you!
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