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defending the $500 ego

updated thu 7 aug 03


clennell on thu 7 aug 03

Mel wrote:

> i keep my prices fair, and i seek a 25 dollar average
> on each pot...i sell a great many 20 dollar bowls etc.
> my high end is about 75 bucks. i work the theory
> that if folks think they are getting a bargain, they
> will buy 3 pots. often checks are for $100.00 or more.
> i make a great many pots, so i have to get rid of them.
> my ego does not need `special, high end $500 pots`

Dear Mel: Most of your post on customers dealt with your work paying the
pottery bills and more often than not putting money into the household. For
those of us whose total life depends on the proceeds from pots i would think
reaching a $500 range would be a well deserved form of pension in our sunset
I too, make thousands of pots each year. The fact is I don't get more than
a handful of pots that can fetch $500, a few more reach the $350 range and a
whole lot $100 and under.
If my working in the studio day in and day out for 25 years doesn't allow me
more money for a pot than a person that had a career outside the studio then
I have failed miserably. My pots ought to be worth more, because they ought
to be better.
I don't think my pricing has anything to do with my ego. Last wood firing I
had 9 large jugs go in. 5 oxidized shino and looked like a dead fish- sold
them for $50 each, 3 looked mighty fine $375, one that is the best shino
I've had in 3 firings- $500.
My hope is that each year I will have more mighty fine looking $500 pots
and some racers at $1000 plus. Dammit, I will have earned it.
P.S The average wedding gift in my neck of the woods is $150.

Tony and Sheila Clennell
Sour Cherry Pottery
4545 King Street
Beamsville, Ontario