So there’s a woman giving away two old kilns - a large and small “American Beauty”. I have the serial numbers for them but don’t know how old they are. I tried looking up their numbers online but I haven’t been able to find much information at all about them. She says that they haven’t been used for about 8 years but they were working the last time they were used. Basically the only cost for them would be to hire people to go and move them to my house, then the possible repairs that they could need.
Does anyone have on of these kilns or know anything about them?
Do you think that an older kiln would be less energy efficient than a new one?
I actually ended up doing pretty well at the show.
My main worry was that I had priced my mugs (and other things) based on what I needed to sell them for. Before the show I had walked around looking at the other potter’s booths and checking out their prices. Their mugs were about 1 cm or two smaller than mine (I like to make large, tall mugs) and were priced lower - $29 compared to my $35 mugs. I had thought that no one would want to buy my stuff and would just buy the ones that were less expensive. I ended up selling almost all of my mugs! I have about 10 left out of 70.
I also sold a lot of my ribbon vases and my big “Wow” items that I thought no one would want to buy because they were expensive and big.
The most surprising thing that didn’t sell were my stacking bowl sets, which were really popular down on the waterfront this summer. I found that I had to get creative with some pricing as well. For example, my platter and dory boat sets I had to start selling separately (I had made them as a dip & platter set). When people saw the individual prices it seemed like less money than one higher price for the set and a few people just wanted to buy the platter ($55 and $40 as opposed to $95 as a set).
All-in-all it was a great experience. The other vendors around me were nice and ended up buying a few things from me too (and I did a few trades which was fun). I had a few really great complements from some very established artists (One old man that had made soapstone carvings for people like the Queen and Prime Minister). And a few people who had stores talked to me about doing some wholesale with them. I still have to sit down and look at all the cards I got, haha.
Now I’m thinking about Christmas presents that I can make for family (and myself), applying for an art grant in the Winter, moving into our first house and setting up my very own studio space in my basement, and LOOKING INTO BUYING A KILN!
Oooooooh, I LIKE these!
Set up my little booth last night at the Christmas Craft show! I feel way out of my league (checked out the other potter’s booths last night).
I’m pretty happy with how this flower vase turned out too. I’m getting a good collection of koi themed things for the show!
Linear koi flower vase: This vase is hand built with stamped seaweed pieces (from Crystal Crescent beach) and a hand carved koi fish. The linear design allows for a unique bouquet of flowers in more of a line than a bunch. $78
I’m finally getting a lot of my work back from the studio where I rent the kiln - the craft show is THIS WEEKEND! Cutting it a little close, haha. AND I finally made some mugs that I would want to buy if I saw them in a store - You know that you’re starting to make the right stuff when you want to keep it for yourself! It only took me about 5 years.
Tall mugs in a multitude of colors! From a dark turquoise to dark and light blue, to white, to drips of amber, molasses, blues, and purples. Inside has an amber/gold speckled glaze to contrast the blues on the outside. I just might keep these mugs for myself! $35 each
Do any of you guys ever think that if you actually went out and got a normal, boring job that you might actually have some money for once… and maybe that wouldn’t be so bad after all?
(I’m looking for houses with my husband, but we can only use his income for a mortgage with the bank, so crappy one bedroom dives are our main option)
But then I think of the “normal” jobs and what the options are and I cringe at the thought of doing something like that every day and not having the time to do pottery.