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selling tile patterns

updated thu 15 mar 01


Gary & Carla Goldberg on tue 13 mar 01

Hi - Someone was surfing my website and wanted to know if I would sell =
him patterns of my mosaic tile work so he could use them to sell along =
with tiles in his store. I don't view this as competition since I live =
in Alaska and he is in California. The shipping cost alone is a =

The pieces I make are cut out of wet clay and resemble stained glass =
patterns. He intends to use the small mosaic pieces with my patterns if =
I will sell them. See the seahorse on my website for an example.

So, what do you guys think? Should I sell the patterns? If so, how =
much do I charge? I am currently selling my original one-of-a-kind =
pieces (no molds made yet), ready for handing on the wall (Like a =
painting) for $65.00 for about a 11 x 10 inch piece.

Please help!

Thanks. Carla

Creative Clay Concepts Inc.

Cindy Strnad on wed 14 mar 01

Hello, Carla.

There are several considerations in deciding on a price for your designs.
First, your tiles look to me like they need to be custom made to fit the
design pattern. It's not like you're using tiny tiles which could be formed
into any design at all. So, if you're selling the tiles and the design sheet
to the same individual, as seems likely, you might consider that this is a
sort of "do-it-yourself kit". As such, the design sheet might reasonably be
expected to be included with purchase, no extra charge.

That doesn't mean you don't get paid for it. What it means is that the
purchaser must buy the tiles in order to get the design sheet. All
components would then go for a single, set price.

If you're selling the design sheets separately, you'll go through somewhat
the same process to determine a price, but you can get more money for them.
Figure out how many sheets, how long you're going to take to write up
construction directions, what will the type and cost of packaging be, what
will it cost you to ship them, how many you think you'll sell (quantity cuts
down on individual costs), and so on. I would expect to pay between $6 and
$7 for a relatively simple design with complete instructions for
implementing it (not just a diagram).

So, just my thoughts. Hope this is of some help to you.

Cindy Strnad
Earthen Vessels Pottery
RR 1, Box 51
Custer, SD 57730