Timothy Loftus on wed 22 jul 98
> A friend has asked me if I would provide private lessons for her son on
> the wheel.
> What is the going rate for private lessons these days. I don't want to
> over charge them...
> but I do want whats fair...any suggestions?
I know of a lady in West Monroe, Louisiana who has a studio and charges $25 for lessons. She is one of the worst potters I have ever seen but still gets $25 per hour including clay cost. I however feel that this is an excessive amount and could see charging between $15-$20 per hour plus materials. After all, learning how to throw can be difficult and frustrating for beginners and charging $25 per hour to show someone how to make a cylinder is criminal.
Now, when you get into more complex throwing, hand-building and/or firing techniques the price per lesson should go up.
Just my two cents,
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Keith Chervenak on thu 23 jul 98
.. I don't want to
>> over charge them...
>> but I do want whats fair...any suggestions?
gets $25 per hour including clay cost. I however feel that this is an
My two cents: If the person giving the lessons is a full time potter then
obviously their livlihood is dependent upon productive time in the studio.
I think that this person would need to weigh their income for that hour if
they are producing work against the income gained from teaching for that
hour. Beginning students do not offer the teacher much free time during
"class" so I would consider that the hour spent would be non-productive for
the potter. So the question becomes, "Are my income needs being met for
If income is not a consideration then just decide what would make you
comfortable and present it. If it is beyond their means then they will
decline or ask you to go lower. Only you know where your level of comfort
is with going lower. Remeber, fair works both ways. Don't give yourself
away. Good luck-