Cantello Studios on mon 13 mar 00
I have been meaning to speak about this for a while. I think the Question
could be can you make a mug that is worth only 10 bucks and really feel good
about putting your name on it?? It seems every year I put my self through
this mug thing. I sale my mug for 16 bucks and they are worth 20 the thing
is I don't sell very many. I have a really hard time just wiping out some
quick fix mug to make the buck. All those quick fix mugs never look finish.
Are they done that way? or are the potter just that bad? I think the people
that brake mugs all the time need to pay more for them not less. If they
paid say 25 bucks for a mug I bet they would take care of it. And they may
even learn to love and appreciate it. After all there's nothing like that
favorite mug in my book. Chris
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Subject: WAS: Less than perfect pots: Now mug price
James L Bowen wrote:
> . I will not pay more than say ten dollars for a coffee cup, regardless of
> beautiful I may think it to be. They get used daily and broken frequently.
So then, how much do you sell your mugs for? If a mug is retailing for $10,
the potter only receives $5 wholesale. If a lot of time is spent to make
"beautiful", shouldn't the potter be paid for their time and effort?
should take better care of your mugs and not break them as often so that
have more "value" to you, and the person you purchase from can make a decent
from the mug they sell you.
sam - alias the cat lady
SW Ontario CANADA
"First, the clay told me what to do
Then, I told the clay what to do
Now; we co-operate"
rick mace on wed 15 mar 00
Having just finished reading Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged for the first time,
I'd love to hear the definition of a "fair" profit.
Rick Mace Pottery
"I don't believe in loosing money on anything I
make, but neither will I charge more than what I have established to be a
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Des Howard on fri 17 mar 00
Some time back a leftish neighbour was yelling "Exploitation!" & "Excessive!"
about an Oz company that had announced a multi million dollar annual profit.
I pointed out that this company had a 2 1/2% return on their investment &
asked what markup he had on his art photographic work.
" 500%" he mumbled,
"Hmmm", I replied
In "Pioneer Pottery" Michael Cardew referred to the struggle between the
"Just" Pricers & the "Natural" Pricers, or the just reward sufficient to keep
the maker & his family in "frugal comfort", versus, an item is worth no more
& no less than what it will fetch in the market place.
Personally, I have never been able to resolve this apparent dichotomy,
in my copy of Cardew, the pages referred to are nearly as well thumbed
as the pages on clays/kilns/glazes. In pricing work I seem to alternate
between the propositions.
rick mace wrote:
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> Having just finished reading Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged for the first time,
> I'd love to hear the definition of a "fair" profit.
> Rick Mace Pottery
> "I don't believe in loosing money on anything I
> make, but neither will I charge more than what I have established to be a
> fair profit."
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