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  1. You do not need to bisque fire it again. I've used it with mixed results. My glossy white glaze turned out rough and matte on bisque fix, but my matte grey glazed covered it perfectly. It definitely repairs cracks though!
  2. Hi Creole, lots of great information above. I make bud vases and sell them in my Etsy shop. The going rate for my vases is $35-$75 on average, with wholesale buyers receiving a 40% discount. I don't mean for this to be a sales pitch, just an example of real world pricing. There is a shop called Honeycomb Studio that you might want to check out. She makes slipcast vases from molds, which are at a lower price point - retail is about $16 each, but I'm not sure if they can hold 3 stems. I guess it depends on the size of the stem. She does offer wholesale pricing. 50 pieces would be a nice sized order for me, but I am a part-time potter. For others it will be a small order. Based on the guidance on pricing you offered in your opening post, you would probably have more luck finding mass-produced vases that you can buy in bulk. Handmade pottery is definitely going to be more expensive. Good luck!!
  3. @Callie, your responses are always spot on! @Tumbleweed, I sell mainly online, via my Etsy shop, and direct people there through my Instagram account. It has worked spectacularly for me, but I've seen a lot of people struggle with that model too - it is a lot of work. I also have a website, which I don't sell from. but people can sign up for my newsletter there. After a year of collecting addresses for my newsletter, I have about 500 people on my email list - all voluntarily signed up for it. I think Etsy is *almost* required for a new business. From what I have observed, new Etsy shops take off much faster than selling your work from a newly launched website. Not in all cases of course, just from those I have watched lately. Etsy, for all its faults, provides a level of comfort and transparency for buyers taking a chance on a new seller. Buyers can see what you have sold, leave and read reviews, and if there is a problem with their order they can open a case with Etsy. Once you have a loyal following, you can always move your sales to your own site. So, what worked for me was focusing on building an audience on Instagram and using Etsy as my online shop. Who knows how long Esty and Instagram will be around, so having an email list is a critical backup plan.
  4. Agree with the others who recommend Standard 266. It's a dream to work with. I fire to cone 5 with a 10 or 15 minute hold and it is perfect every time.
  5. My kiln is also on casters so I can move it out of the way when it's not firing. It has been moved 100 times, only a few feet, and it's perfectly fine. Just move it slowly and carefully and you should not have a problem.
  6. I prefer mugs with a one-finger handle, like these... I have a few of Paul's mugs and they are so comfortable to hold. Even with a larger handle, I still tend to hold them with my index finger, with the handle resting on my middle finger. Holding a mug with 2, 3, or 4 fingers in the handle is uncomfortable for me. His mugs sell out in seconds, literally, so he must be onto something! .
  7. Like Neil, I would recommend Standard 365.
  8. I created a lot of slip at first also, and lost a lot of my clay in the process. You'll get better at it with time.
  9. Well said, Mea! I was 44 when I threw my first pot, and have always collected pottery, have a business in the art world and have dabbled in a lot of hobbies and activities that require working with my hands, including being a pastry chef in a past life. So, I brought a lot to ceramics based on my interests and experiences... and age.
  10. I started selling my pottery after 4 months of working on it 1 day a week. I have (hopefully!) improved since then, but I started selling it when I felt it was good enough for a stranger to buy it and like it. Worked out fine. Plenty of pieces ended up in the trash though and I was very selective about what I would offer up for sale.
  11. I have a Skutt and bisque to Cone 04. I use the slow program, which takes around 11 hours. You might be ok with the fast option on your kiln, but better safe than sorry!
  12. Instagram is great for newer potters, but established potters might not find much value in it if they already have successful sales channels. I don't sell in person, yet, so most of my sales are online and most of my customers come through Instagram. I definitely spend a lot of time working my Instagram account, but right now I have the time to do that (a day job that can be very slow at times) and I have gotten enough benefits from it to continue. When I start to do more shows, take on wholesalers and stockists, etc. my sources of revenue will change and my time on Instagram will go down. I think that it's a bit of an either/or situation - sell in person OR online. It's difficult to do both, especially if you are a one person business. If you want to sell online though, Instagram can be priceless in terms of reaching an audience and turning them into buyers. One thing I didn't expect is that so many other potters would purchase my work, even though I still buy pottery and mostly online, and there is a huge community of potters on IG that are potential buyers. Mea, I'm one of those Instagrammers that bought a pot from that show and I adore it. :) I figured your profit was low after their commission - definitely charge more if you do that show again! Your work is amazing.
  13. I have that kiln and fire my Cone 6 glazes to Cone 5 with a 15 minute hold. Works perfectly. The school I used to fire my work at had huge Skutt kilns, and my results are identical. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. I let the kiln cool naturally, so it’s faster than the larger kiln but it has not made a difference in my results compared to the larger kilns. Good luck!
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