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underselling other artists because you can--was payment forpots

updated sun 23 jun 02


Earl Brunner on fri 21 jun 02

To me, a "subsidized" potter isn't necessarily one that has additional income
coming into their house from other sources, but one that doesn't pay full "cost"
for what they make. They make pottery at the university, community college, art
center, etc. Or the very good high school student that doesn't pay for his gas (he
lives at home) etc.

Lois Ruben Aronow wrote:

> But here's what angers me - I am one of those "subsidized" potters. I
> REALLY resent that phrase. I am not "subsidized". I am starting a
> new business, like any other. Yes, I am fortunate we can live on my
> husbands income alone. This means he is a supportive spouse, not a
> "subsidiser". My being a potter allows me to pick my son up at
> school, be around for the kids, be around for my husband (who commutes
> 3 1/2 hours a day) and generally run the house. All this while trying
> to makes pots and be profitable at it. I find it hard to believe that
> anyone who goes through all the work of selling their wares
> (especially the work of doing it at a crafts fair) does it for the fun
> of it, which is basically what's being implied. I'm not setting my
> prices higher to help other potters, as I have been told I should do.
> I just want to sell pots, and lots of 'em.

Earl Brunner

Lois Ruben Aronow on sat 22 jun 02

>But starting a business means realistic pricing from the outset. =
>there is no benefit from the financial support from any source - you =
>argue it's the customer who is actually being subsidised. Here's a nice
>bowl, but because I have enough income from elsewhere, I'm going to give=
>half your money back.....

"Realistic" to me means a price that people are willing to pay for
work. It may not always jibe with what one's expenses are.

Lois Ruben Aronow

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