Love the simple design. Too bad there’s no artist name!
Love the simple design. Too bad there’s no artist name!
One is in less than 2 weeks - why do I do this to myself? BUT, it’s only one day and it’s in a smaller town so I’m not too stressed about it.
One is a Christmas show… one month after I’ll have had my baby. THAT one I’m freaking out about! The plan is to have everything made for it by the end of September (due date is October 10th) and my parents and husband will help out at it so I’ll be able to focus on the baby, feed her, and come and go as much as I need to. Am I crazy? I might be a little crazy. But the choice was to either not do any Christmas shows and not really have any money saved for the winter or to do a Christmas show and actually be able to by groceries for a few months after!
Still, I might be crazy.
But it’s lit a fire under me and I’m all ready to buckle down and make some serious product!
My goals are:
- Make some sort of profit.
- DO NOT SPEND ALL OF SAID PROFIT AT THE FARMER’S MARKET ON FOOD AND COFFEE.
It was the worst day yet! SO SLOW! I’m done with that market - They don’t advertise or try to spread the word that there’s a Sunday market as well as a Saturday one. No one who even ends up at the market knew about it (the ferry terminal is attached to it, so they’re just walking from the ferry). I seriously would have been better off staying at home and relaxing, as I lost $20 (table fee is $15 and a $5 lunch).
I might spend some time tomorrow looking at the other famer’s markets around town (harder to get in or more expensive) and also trying to contact a coffee shop that I heard sells local mugs. At least selling outside at the waterfront usually works out well, even if it is dependant on the weather.
My goals are:
I woke up thinking about pottery business stuff - about materials that I’ll have to buy soon and how much it’ll cost. I really need some sort of record keeping where I can put down expenses, profit, time spent making and selling; I want something I can just enter this information into and it’ll tell me exactly how much it costs me to make one piece, how much profit I make from something, that sort of stuff.
I was also worrying that I was not making enough (Stuff I need to buy will really cut into what I’ve been able to save this month). I was asking myself, “Am I selling stuff underpriced? And if I am, can I raise the price?” - I find there’s a certain price point where people just won’t buy it anymore, no matter how lovely it is, and it’ll just sit around; isn’t that just as bad as selling it for too little? I mean, a piece is only worth what you can actually sell it for, right?
Pottery is HARD to figure out expenses! I can do it over-all, like, season to season; but ask me how much it costs to make a mug or platter and I still have no idea. How do you guys figure it out? Do you weigh a mug, then glaze it, then weight it again and measure how many grams of dry glaze is on it? Do you divide the kiln space and cost to fire the kiln by how many mugs you can fit in and figure out how much it costs to fire each mug? Then add the price for a paper bag, piece of tissue paper, gift card, vending fee/amount of product sold, and average time it takes me to sell the mug…
Okay, I’m going to stop freaking out about this now and just make more pottery.
I’ve found a new pinterest board with pottery that I love… I’m being sucked into a void of daydreaming about making 1000 different things - and I really should be mowing the lawn and walking the dog!
Why is it always the days when you have plans that you suddenly get inspired and want to get into the studio and make all the things? “Sorry people, I can’t come sailing with you today. I’d rather stay at home in my basement and work…”
Went out to the waterfront today to sell pottery. Didn’t sell too much. Some days are really confusing - sometimes I’ll sell up to $200 in 4 hours, sometimes there will be so many people out, lots of complements, and hardly any sales.
I think the weather is 80% responsible… today it was almost too hot, +30c and no one wanted to stand in the sun long enough to buy something.
I sold 3 pieces today; $45, $15, and $15.
Well, it’s not savings, but it’s groceries for the week.
Not going out to sell tomorrow because I “have to” go sailing!
Back at that place where I’m planning out my next bisque load, trying to decide what to make.
How much do I experiment? How many tried-tested-and-true things do I crank out?
Oh! There are so many new things that I want to try!!
One thing I do know; I want to be very meticulous with my glazing this time. Take a good 2-3 days and let all the layers dry… I want to see what kind of a difference that makes.
Gah! I just spent 5 mins trying to put these two pictures side by side on my laptop. I HATE the new “move the pictures around” format. Just saying.
Anyway - the craft fair that I did this weekend!
I got the latest kiln load out of the hot kiln Friday night, cleaned the pieces up, priced them, packed them, then went to bed at 12am (to wake up at 5:30am). The next morning I drove down to the town, 2 hours away and set up and was selling stuff at 11. I quickly took a few phone pictures of some of the new stuff I had made and I’m glad I did - most of it sold.
The top picture is of my large blueberry pitcher - I love how the drips turned out. I want to make another almost exactly like it, I love the shape and how it felt to hold it. Sold it for $80.
Second picture is of my jam-packed table. In the future I’ll definitely have to develop some portable shelves and whatnot for my display. I also forgot the clamps for my display lights - grrr! My table felt so dark! They put my table right next to another potter (poor planning, I think) and she had some lovely, tall A-frame shelves that folded up; but she also had a truck to drive them around. I’ll have to try to think of a way I could double-fold a large a-frame shelf to fit in my little Honda, haha.
I was really worried at first about being next to another potter. She had some absolutely amazing porcelain vases that were just glowing (and I drooled all over them, haha), but I ended up doing very well and she was great company to chat with. We had very different styles - she made mostly vases & candle holders with a few mugs - I make a lot of functional pieces that you’d use at dinner parties and when you had guests over. I think in the summer time, at these kinds of shows, that helps me a lot. It’s easier for people to imagine getting a gift for a wedding/birthday when they can see the person using it at some point as a special-something… does that make sense?
Actually, most of the potters there were really friendly and at slow points we were all standing around talking with each other, comparing notes on different craft shows and insurance companies and all that stuff.
Anyway, enough rambeling. I made more than what I had set as my “I’ll be satisfied with $___” and I’m pretty happy about that. I’ll think about doing that show again next year, now that I know what to expect. I’m done for a few days, haha - giving myself a bit of a break from pottery, a few naps, and some house cleaning. I already have ideas of what I want to start making next, but not today!
Whhhhhhhhhat! I love it! These are the colors that I’m really drawn to right now - drool!