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  1. Wow! That is stunning....thank you for sharing. I don't have anywhere near the resume that you have...I have my pieces in galleries in SK and AB, one well known one and other smaller ones, and a five star restaurant in my city serves on my pieces. So I am not a beginner, but I haven't made enough of a name for myself to reflect that in my pricing...if that makes sense? I'm thinking maybe I should just charge as if it were a functional piece ($10ish per tile x12, and $50 for the frame), which would be $170?
  2. Hey guys! I have another pricing question...I know, there's no right answer and it depends on a lot of things but I hope you all might be able to help me out...I am at a loss. I am a functional production potter, that is the pricing scheme I am familiar with. I have made a couple framed "mosaic" art pieces...not sure if there is a proper/better term for this. I have rolled out a slab of clay, cut a pattern into it, and then separated the pieces and glazed them in black and white, then put them in a frame with about a 1/8" spacing in between each piece. I really like the looks of it and have gotten quite a lot of interest in them right off the bat but haven't been able to decide a price. The frame is a handmade wooden frame (my grandpa is a carpenter and he helped me make it) and I would value that at around $50, so what would the art inside it be worth? It is 16" x 20". My initial thought was $100-$150...but I've had comments from customers as well as family that it is too low. I have looked online for similar pieces and have found some but the prices vary tremendously.... Has anyone done something similar or know someone who does? And if so what you would price it at? Thank you for your time! Raelynne
  3. Hey Alykat! I know this thread is a bit old but I just wanted to chime in as someone that is new to teaching pottery classes and sometimes has trouble efficiently articulating to students how they can improve...as well as someone that likes feedback while taking art classes....don't be afraid to ask your instructor to be more specific with their comments during class. If you are having trouble centering, ask your instructor if they could watch you for even just 30 seconds and ask if there is anything they might change. If you are having an issue with pulling up you might say "Hey, this is what I did...this is what happened, what do you think could have happened?" Sometimes just being a bit more direct/specific with your comments and questions will help the instructor feel more comfortable giving you constructive criticism, or even just get them to talk a bit more freely and you might get something from listening to them talk it through.
  4. I second this... I worked random part time jobs for the first two years of selling my pieces, as I wasn't making enough money to justify quitting everything else to do it full time. The first year of doing pottery full time was rough...I am lucky my husband works as well otherwise I don't know if my business would have made it through that year. By the second year of working at it full time I was making enough to support myself, so it can happen in a short period of time...but do be careful and have a plan for the first couple years and the slow times. I don't know about others but cashflow can be tricky for me...alot of budgeting/planning ahead is necessary for me to make it through January/February/March when sales are the lowest and again in September/October.
  5. I am in Canada and just checked local online classified ads, that's where I found both. They can be hard to come by but I wasn't in a hurry when I was looking and was able to take my time. Is there a potters guild where you are? I know I have seen for sale ads run by our local guild...might be worth a try contacting a group in your area and seeing if they know of anyone that is selling?
  6. Hi Zach... I am a newbie here, and still new in the pottery world (this is my third year selling my pieces full time) I am in the process of setting up a new studio for myself and just put in my order for new equipment, here's what my costs were...(estimates, I don't have numbers in front of me) Skutt kiln (w/shelves and posts) $4,200, ventilation for kiln $600, wheel $1,200, slab roller $800. Someone else might be able to give you a better idea on glazing costs, but I just mixed up a rubbermaid bin of each of my four glazes and they cost around $100 each and will last me a couple months. If you aren't planning on making too much you could always just buy small containers of premixed glazes that would work just fine and they aren't very expensive...you could get a couple different colours for under $100. Basic tools aren't very expensive either, an intial $50 would get you the basics that you would need easily. You will want a couple tables and shelves for prepping your clay, and drying your pieces. Depending on whether you can find those used somewhere or have to buy new the price will vary obviously. Now keep in mind you can buy used and get everything much cheaper...I bought my first small kiln used for $500 and my wheel for $250 and that worked fine for what I needed it to then. If you are only looking for the bare minimum you could get away with doing it pretty cheaply. I just thought since the costs were fresh in my mind still I'd share so you have an idea of the costs if you were thinking about buying new! I'm sure some of the more experienced members might be able to offer you better advice!
  7. I will check that out for sure! I'm always looking for good info on pricing, thank you! That was one of the reasons that I am rethinking my pricing...I am setting up a new studio space this summer and buying new equipment, my grandma is the clay supplier in our area and she showed me exactly how much the prices have gone up because of the dollar...on kilns, supplies etc....I just about fainted!
  8. Hi Graybeard! I am new to the forum but have read many of your posts, and just wanted to chime in to say not to be so hard on yourself. The first couple years in doing sales was trial and error for me figuring out which sales were worth going to. I went to quite a few that I look back on and think "Why on earth wouldn't I have checked that sale out more before hauling all of my stuff there!" So it very well may have been the sale, and nothing to do with your pieces at all! My first sale I sold all but one small box of pieces I had brought, then the next two I sold zero...then one more good one, then another zero. Still the odd sale that is a complete flop. Whenever I have a bad sale there are always so many kind potters that have been in the buisness for years and years that come around and remind me not to get discouraged...that it happens to everyone, pretty solid advice. Never be embarrassed for putting yourself out there and trying something
  9. Hi Diesel! I am in Saskatchewan... I have heard from some that my prices are too low and am considering changing things up.This is my fifth year doing shows and I have always been apprehensive of charging too much. Seeing how high my expenses were last year has made me think twice about my prices for this year though. I do a few of the Signatures Shows at Christmas time, then mostly local sales in Regina. I do have pieces at the Galleria Inglewood in Calgary, I haven't looked at length at the other prices of pieces there, maybe I am even more off base on pricing for there. I may take you up on that offer, thank you...I appreciate it. I am always leery of scaring customers away by raising the prices when they are selling well...I worry that someone would see the higher than usual price on a pot, not be impressed that it was raised, then remember that next time they see my booth and not even stop to look. Maybe I am overthinking it, you all have more experience than I do....I may have to try it and see what happens. I do know my prices are on the lower side anyways and could stand to come up a bit. Thank you! I do need to keep better track of those sorts of things, I have experimented with prices before but always just have an idea of what works best but don't keep hard numbers. I will make a note to do that.
  10. Thanks so much for your reply! I appreciate your advice, your work is beautiful! Ah, agateware...that may be why I wasn't getting very far in my online searches, thank you! My grandma was a production potter in the 80's and she taught me everything I know about clay, sometimes my terminology is off as I have taken on her quirks and terms! Thank you for the reminder that just because more time is spent, does not automatically make it worth more...I think I get caught up sometimes in what I have invested in a piece. I have seen lots of similar pieces online, and occasionally at away shows so I know it's no where near ground breaking, but there is no one in the province that regularly sells functional agateware (that I am aware of!). I'm hoping that because its unique here it will go over well. The only two pieces I brought to my last sale sold before I was even set up, someone saw the pieces on social media and came and scooped them up...I had over a dozen people ask if I had any like the ones I posted, so I figure that's a good sign! 20% is pretty much exactly where I started, and no one that I told them an estimated price batted an eye. I wasn't too concerned since I literally only had two pieces and knew I would have to fine tune pricing once I was making more of them. I'm still not sure if I will stay at the 20% increase, but I am glad someone such as yourself thinks I'm in the right ballpark! I'd love to hear more opinions!
  11. I started teaching classes a few years ago, and had no idea what I was getting into! As a mostly self-taught potter myself I never realized how much I just did things, without thinking about them...or even knowing I was doing them, until I started teaching. My throwing has improved a lot since i started, from having to trouble shoot beginner problems, to having to be so aware of every movement I make at the wheel so I can explain what I'm doing to my students effectively...it's crazy. I think it's a great learning opportunity for any potter to teach someone how to throw, even just the basics. It has made me appreciate teachers so much more, I am just in awe of people who do it for a living. Hats off to anyone that does, you all are the best! I very much second (third, fourth!) the idea of throwing with your eyes closed/blindfolded. My grandma taught me to throw and that was standard, any time I was having troubles "Close your eyes and feel the clay! Staring at it isn't going to fix anything!"
  12. I have started ordering my bags (white kraft bags with handles) from Staples online. They have a great selection of sizes and they are pretty cheap considering how good of quality they are...I have taken small orders to galleries in them, packed heavier than I should have and have never had one break on me. I get my packing paper from newspaper printing facilities (drawing a blank for the actual word for such a place!) they sell rolls of it that is a nice thickness for packing, and easy to haul to shows. I believe it's only a couple bucks per roll, and I'll only use a couple rolls per show. It's a good option if you aren't wanting to use newspaper but don't want to spend an arm and a leg on tissue paper or precut/packaged packing paper.
  13. Hi all! I am new to the forum...I have been lurking for quite some time but decided it was time to participate I searched at length for a similar thread and couldn't find anything, I hope I'm in the right place! I have recently started making some marbled clay pieces, and the reaction I have gotten from my customers have been really positive so I am hoping to have a decent amount of them at my next sale in two weeks. I am struggling with the pricing of the pieces, and I haven't been able to find anything similar in my area to get an idea of what is reasonable. My initial thought was that they need to be more expensive than my other pieces as they are alot more work (the process of adding the stain into the clay, making sure not to spend too much time with it on the wheel so the colours don't meld together, etc) and because they are more of a "specialty/artsy" piece, and because I don't see many (any in my area) people doing them. Maybe I am way off and just am too invested in them and think they are worth more than they are!! That's why I am here, I wanted to hear other people's experiences and opinions. I am using a white porcelain (P300) fired to cone 6, electric. So if I would regularly charge $30 for a medium sized serving bowl, what would you suggest a reasonable price increase would be (if any) for the same piece marbled? Or a $20 mug, or $50 vase? While we are on the topic of pricing...I made a large bowl the other day that is bigger than I usually make and I see large bowls go for all sorts of prices... this one was made using approx. 12 pounds of clay, is around 19" inches across and 6" tall. I'm wondering what your thoughts are on pricing something like that, that is generally too big to be functional (most people tell me they use them as centerpieces or on their coffee tables) along with using a marbled clay? Here is a picture of it (sorry it's not a great picture but gives you an idea!) I have attached a couple pictures of the pieces, so you can see what they look like. Those were the first two pieces I made so I'm not quite happy with the pattern in the clay, and that it's a bit muddied in places. I've mostly worked the kinks out there, but the new pieces aren't out of the kiln yet! Thank you in advance for anyone that might be able to help me out!
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