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Posted 21 May 2013I had an instructor once who said, "Any pot can be improved by the addition of a lid or a handle ".
What do you think of that statement?
Posted 21 May 2013Thanks for posting you pug! I love it ! I have a friend that makes UGA Bulldogs for the University of Georgia and they are so cute.
I have never done anything like this so I admire your efforts and results.
Posted 21 May 2013Have you thought about a before and after approach? A display of a pot without the hair and after the firing with the pattern of hair? I considered this line for the major shows around me. but did not persue it. I will be interested in how it works for you. Are you offering to use the hair of customer's horses on the pot they choose?
Posted 21 May 2013Another thread got me thinking, perceived value is what a customer considers when they look at a piece and decide to buy it or not. Many of us do shows where we offer basic ,stock : easy to make-easy to sell pieces.
What is you favorite way to increase percieved value without increasing the time it takes you to make the ppiece to a point whaere you can't get your $ equivalent to the time you spent making the piece?
I use stamping and simply carving.
I think for me it is often the old idiom "the devil is in the details". I will often try to find a very easy way to add an extreme amount of detail that shows on close attention. This might be the use of a textured piece of plywood, modeling paste that is stamped. carved and highly detailed to roll slabs on to, don't stop there, cut the plywood apart, and get rid of some pieces, roll the slab larger and you have paneled surfaces for slab construction. Another simple detail is an incised line for a piece of grass, or border-instead of incising it, I roll it on with an old adding machine piece. the series of numbers in the line show through stains and thin glaze techniques. Adding detail rewards those that look closer, often making the sale.
Thanks, All. The things above about presentation and quality of work are certainly important, and I adhere to those ideas. My booth is good looking, I do everything I can to have a sharp presentation . Good packaging, good looking business cards, nice tags, learned that from Mea! the work is as good as I can get it. I have an 'ART line' that is presented as well, usually does not sell in craft fair venues but up grades the booth and makes people want a piece I make, even if they can't buy the expensive work.
Pres has hit on the slant I had in mind when I made the OP. What do you do to add percieved value to you simple stock pieces, the easy to make- easy to sell base line that pays the booth rent? How to get a buyer to see a simple to make piece at 20% higher a price through percieved value.
Posted 20 May 2013Hi, Brittany, glad you posted.
One question, is there a reason you are choosing low fire? Will the kiln you are using go to ^6?
I do ^6 and find good working dark clays at Highwater. The color of your clay will change the look of most glazes. Sometimes so dramatically that you would not think it is the same glaze applied on white and compared to what that glaze looks like on dark clay. I use several different clays from white to deep red and some of my glazes I love on one clay and will never use on a dark clay.
You could get 1 box of white and one of dark and do some test tiles from each, then test glazes on each color to help you figure out what you like and want to use.
Good luck and keep posting.
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