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  1. Many of you probably know about the wetcanvas.com site, but in case you don't I linked the main forums page below. Apologies if this has been linked before. Wetcanvas has been around a long time and I still go there when I have a legal concern or want to talk about non-ceramic art. Unfortunately their clay page means mostly polymer clay, and CAR does a lot better job of networking ceramic artists anyway, but, there is a ton of info like marketing and the daily angst of working that is discussed there often and in detail: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/index.php
  2. Hi all; I have been doing craft fairs for a little while, and I have a decent product; my downfall is the selling point; I have tried to find older posts - for some reason, my "forum" now displays horribly like old HTML layout - which makes this impossible - but how do you engage customers, without running them off, but at the same time, acknowledging them and increasing sales? I always greet them, watch body language to see how to proceed next; I don't pounce on them if they are "just looking"...but I can't seem to find a way that works for me....any suggestions?
  3. Actually what she said was;"Your mugs are TOO BIG.'She said it about three times. She said;"You can't even see the bottom of them." I ignored her. The mugs were walking off the shelves. People requested a bigger size mug. They are one pound. A regular size, not too huge. Why do people come into my studio and feel that it is O.K. to complain, to criticize, to find fault? Why didn't she say;"Your eyes are too blue? Or your hair is too wavy?" I am not going to change my work for her. Why say anything if you can't be positive? Do you have a sales experience where the person felt it was O.K to find fault? Let's here your stories. Try to err on the positive side if possible. TJR.
  4. Hello clay community! I have a request of the experienced sellers here on the forum: I'm in the process of starting a wholesale relationship with a small coffee shop (they'll buy mugs outright and resell). We're still getting the details worked out but things seem to be on the right track and I'm getting excited! Before I invest any hard cash I want to make sure I have a contract in place with this person, even if it's a simple one. I know certain things are obviously going to be included - like terms of payment - but I've never done anything like this before and I want to make sure I cover my bases (aka my behind) on paper before I begin "for real." Any suggestions? Templates would, of course, be welcome (Or point me in the direction of an older thread on this topic? I searched but didn't have much luck) (Just to make sure there is no confusion, this is definitely a whole sale deal - I've heard enough horror stories about consignment to know that that's not a stress I need right now)
  5. I set up a Poll, hopefully it works... Ahh...the polling software has changed since I was away. After reviewing the options, it is easy to pick a lot of options. Try to only pick your "go to" pot, your absolute favorite(s) to make.
  6. So, right after Christmas, I get a call asking me to make 60 mugs for a conference.It's a teachers conference starting today. They wanted to give two matching mugs for each speaker. I have dealt with this man over the years, and he is very reliable with payment. Here's the problem; we were all still in holiday mode. I had just gotten back from Cuba. Steve, my firing partner had just gotten back from Arizona. I did have about the right number of pots bisqued, but no way could we fill a 40 cubic ft. kiln in such a short turn around time. Three potters jumped on our wheels in an attempt to fill a kiln load in time to get this order out. I made 12 collanders-5lbs each with saucers, another run of mugs, medium bowls.We got another potter that we show with to bring pots. We got a student from the pottery co-op.We got that baby loaded. Then one burner would not light. Not ever. Call the plumber. We lost a day there. So he picked up the pots Monday evening, hot out of the kiln. He took 65 mugs,a jug, two plates,a big bowl,a Majolica jar I had lying around,two large mugs, and two beakers. I feel a bit violated, as my studio is now bereft of work. I did not get a chance to look at most of those pieces. Do you have a pottery sale horror story? This one actually turned out well. Let's hear yours. Tom.
  7. I'm in my senior year of college having concentrated in ceramics and I'm just curious, how many people on here sell work for a living as their primary source of income? Feel free to share your stories of how you got started, got your own studio, if you share a studio, etc.!
  8. I was chatting with another artist at an art show. She knew i taught pottery at a local community center. She overheard the organizer encourage me to put out info about my classes. She told me she used to teach jewelry making and sold at shows(although she was currently selling prints of her paintings and handmade soap). She said she had observed a strange behavior, that when she mentioned that she taught classes it gareenteed to kill any hopes of a sale. I told her i had observed the same behavior and now only mentioned the fact i taught only after the person shopping told me they had always wanted to learn how. So i was wondering if any other teachers had observed similar shopping behavior...is teaching a sales killer?
  9. So, I bought the "Square", which attaches to your cell phone, with the idea that having the ability to take credit cards would increase my sales.I don't own a cel phone, so I had to borrow my wife's. We tried it out the week before, and it worked great. We had to take her phone out of the rubber case to make a solid connection. When offered the option of credit card use, people said;"What would it cost you ?" My response was 2.6%. They all declined to use it. One woman even wrote me an IOU for $30.00, rather than use the Square. Do you have any experience with using credit cards? Would this be an option for you? This was a two day open studio sale involving eight other artists in a group where I live.Each artist was in their own studio and customers walked or drove to the various houses/studios. One other potter has the credit card machine that you swipe, with paper receipts. Tom.
  10. Ok, this was a weird one for me this past weekend. I was doing a show and a lady asked the usual...'you made this all yourself?' I nod and smile and start to tell her it was all my work and i was local, as i was doing this i brushed an errant bit of hair out of my face that the wind blew...she watched my hand and looked at me skeptically and said, 'and yet too nice of fingernails' and turned in left. I do tend to have nice active length nails, nothing i do is special, just clip the tips when they get ragged, i also have very long hair so i figure it just being healthy. So very odd to be judged badly cause your hands are nicer than expected. I'm certainly not going to go rough up my nails just to fit the expected. Ever lose a sale because your appearance didn't meet with expectations?
  11. A little background: in the Misleading Representation post I got some sound advice from GEP (Mea) and John that I shouldn't change my prices according to venue as they said it is unfair to customers. Here are my questions: How does one go about figuring out pricing then? If it is unfair to change prices, how did you understand where your pots fit into the market and price them without getting your hands dirty selling your work and realizing that certain pots don't sell well at certain prices? John, since the beginning have you always sold your cups for $100? Mea, have you always sold your pots for the same price? Did you have backlash from people if you did change your prices? This isn't just for John and Mea, I am asking for anyone who sells work to answer these questions, all opinions and experiences are wanted and valid. It would be helpful to know if you are coming at this question as a professional or a hobbyist too. I find that I am ever more confused with pricing as time continues. Although it is embarrassing for me I want to get it out there that I change prices way too much because of this confusion. I must admit I also have a very hard time figuring out if my work deserves a certain price point or not. Have you come to these conclusions and what did you conclude? Thanks in advance to whomever answers these questions as pricing in the ceramics world can be embarrassing to some or in the least intimidating. It is one thing to put your work out there for the world to have it judged, but a whole other monster to actually put a price tag on it.
  12. Where would someone go to sell a kiln or website or forum? Need help selling one
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