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TOPIC: Back to Clay
#8813
Back to Clay 8 Years, 8 Months ago  
My background is production pottery, souvenir items for over 20 years. I hated it, being a production machine, from the get go but always appreciated what clay could do. I did not touch clay for a long time after ending my business but last year bought a few bags of clay and have been sculpting with it. Clay does not have to be used to make a mug or plate always... smile.
Pottery is a tough one to market though. I have met a zillion potters while doing craft shows. One thing that made my business successful it that I recognized that like it or not, CUTE SELLS as does anything that you can PERSONALIZE. Just a hint to those that might be trying to make it with pottery.
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#8824
Re: Back to Clay 8 Years, 8 Months ago  
Good advice kathy. We've had this conversation before, cute sure does sell. It seems more so than ever.
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#10096
Re:Back to Clay 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
From talking to buyers I think their biggest concern is actually getting whatever it is they've ordered to arrive in one piece. I tend to think thats whats so difficult about it to sell, being able to reassure buyers is a huge part of selling ceramics.

Usually though I've found when people have tried it they do come back for more.
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#10108
Re:Back to Clay 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Yes, that must be a huge problem for you ceramics artists. You must be experts at packing!
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#10111
Re:Back to Clay 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
lol yeah, Ive heard some ceramic artists do whats called 'double boxing'. I tend to just follow Royal Mail's guidelines for appropriate packing...
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#10112
Re:Back to Clay-PACKING IT 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
I used to ship 500-2K mugs and misc stuff per week. In the 20 years I did pottery I tried everything under the sun from hay to peanuts. The best and final way I packed and still consider with anything I ship it the way wine is shipped. I wound up getting rolls of corregated (sp?) cardboad, the height of my boxes, cut pieces to wind around an object twice,taped it, then fit them all together, creating strength from top to bottom. While it is true the box could have been hit by the side, this rarely happened and I almost never got any damage, shipping to most US National Parks, Disneyland, JC Penny's, and 1K mom and pop stores. I am not sure I explained this well enough.. that is off the top of my head.
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