Wednesday, October 28, 2009

ANNUAL SHOW & SALE

Wednesday November 18th from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
Don't miss this once a year event! This year it's hosted by Julie Harnick. It was a perfect fit - Julie has a new kitchen and I make kitchen to table pottery.  Most of the work is completed (some in the kiln now).

The chore I dislike the most is going through and making sure I have priced the work properly. The reality is that you simply cannot charge enough for handmade pottery - it just takes too many hands on hours to produce one piece to make it work out. This is why it's nearly impossible to make a living as a working pottery. Some of us pay they bar bill, or the piano lessons, or the car payment, or whatever.



UNITS OF TIME: Life of a mug.
  • Wedge clay and prep wheel- 5 min. 
  • Throw mug on wheel - 5 min
  • let dry 1 day
  • Trim bottom of mug -5 min.
  • Pull and attach handle -5 min.
  • let dry completely 1-2 days
  • fire in bisque kiln (1 day turnaround)
  • prep, glaze, finish off -10 min
  • fire in glaze kiln (1 day turnaround)
  • unload kiln 5 min
  • check piece as completed
Viola - 30 minutes of hands on time for one mug - add all the rest in and it makes a lt of sense that the average mug costs $20.00

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