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wood fire folk!!! -- was pricing2

updated fri 17 mar 00


Anji Henderson on thu 16 mar 00

<<> kurt and i are off to the farm today. get a load
of wood. inspect winter damage to kilns and equipment.

Is there any one on the list that is near Montgomery
County Maryland and wood Fire's??? In Montgomery
County they have a whole bunch of laws that restrict
most from burning nearly anything... Thank God we can
still BBQ (for now)... I have toooooo much wood on my
property (in the barn). It was a *cough* gift from the
previous tenants. It's up for grabs!!!


--- mel jacobson wrote:
> ----------------------------Original
> message----------------------------
> i think not much about pricing mugs.
> it is an average that i seek.
> i think it is true of most successful crafts people.
> seek an average, then point your work
> there.
> for example:
> i think i am a forty buck potter.
> i used to be a thirty buck potter...
> but, i point most of my work at forty, and
> i think people will buy about two and a half pots
> per visit. hundred bucks cash, plus a free mug.
> let the customer feel like they got a great deal.
> they
> smile as i load the car for them..(always walk them
> to
> their car.)
> it takes me two minutes to throw a forty buck pot.
> about two minutes to glaze and decorate each one.
> kurt is a two hundred dollar potter.
> takes him or someone else about ten minutes to make
> a pot, and kurt takes about ten hours to decorate
> each one.
> dannon in my view is a hundred buck potter.
> complex work in most cases, yet she gets after it.
> dock six gals are sixty buck potters, with hundred
> buck
> fountains.
> i think you get the point.
> you should not really be interested in what other
> people
> get for their work, work toward your average, then
> educated
> your customers over and over. get them to buy your
> average.
> the going price of a wedding gift in america today
> is sixty
> bucks, i like to have a nice variety of sixty buck
> teapots, platters
> and bowls around. and i remind folks about wedding
> gifts. helps my average.
> if you have hundreds of items for sale in your shop
> at ten bucks..
> guess what people will buy?
> over the long haul, warren mackenzie has done us all
> a favor...
> he has educated the public to buy pots. i would not
> want to
> be a stillwater, minnesota potter, just starting
> out, and trying to
> maintain a hundred buck average, living in warren's
> fifty mile
> circle....may have to adjust the average. i sure
> had to do that over the
> years. but, i
> sell a great many pots....i am in charge of that
> destiny, no one else.
> remember, a smart business crafts person is the one
> that has
> no pots left to sell after a sale, does not matter
> so much the price
> of mugs. it's getting rid of them that is
> important, makes the bag
> heavy going to the bank.
> mel/mn
> kurt and i are off to the farm today. get a load of
> wood.
> inspect winter damage to kilns and equipment. kurt
> can
> see again, so he will boss me around, make me lift
> all
> the heavy stuff.
> minnetonka, minnesota, u.s.a
> (website)

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