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rates of production

updated fri 7 sep 01


Mark Mondloch on thu 6 sep 01

Michael wrote:
.. after 28 years behind the wheel,
..I see now that I am very low priced compared to the rest of you.Remember
where I am, in a small town in Idaho, off the beaten track.

Hi Michael,
The reasoning of the comments in this thread have seemed turned around to
me. Inexperienced potter's have been told to charge allot because it will be
hard for them and take them so long to do. Meanwhile, a seasoned potter as
yourself charges half as much because you have gained, through hard work and
practice, the ability to do dinnerware quickly and efficiently. I guess it's
a natural reaction to consider your first pieces very precious and then when
they are actually much better, we fail to see that their value to our
customer should be higher.

I think dinnerware should be a good learning experience for beginning
potters since it pushes them to perfect particular forms and gain control,
but not realistic to expect to make good money at first. It still would seem
to make more sense then having them dump every one of their pots in the
scrap bucket. Throwing is such a small part of what we do. Meanwhile they'll
be learning to glaze, fire and market the pieces.

My 4 piece setting is $56 but going up next season.

from a small town, off the beaten track in WI,

Mark & Sylvia Mondloch
Silver Creek Pottery & Forge
W6725 Hwy 144
Random Lake ,Wi 53075