David Hendley on thu 30 dec 04
Brenda - don't sell yourself short. There are people willing to
pay just about any price for any thing.
For example, you charge $22 for a dinner plate (which is very
reasonable for a handmade plate), while it is possible to buy
a complete 20-piece set of dishes (made in China) for $22.
So, the "general public" would not "expect" to pay $22 for
one plate, but certain people would see this as a good price.
I don't make many tiles, but recently did a backsplash job. I
made several hundred 3 /14" X 3 1/4" tiles (extruded), and
decided they needed to be at least $5 each.
After seeing Home Depot ads for years advertising
tiles for $1 a square foot, I was somewhat shocked that,
at $5 each, my tiles would cost about $75 a square foot,
75 times as much!
I got over this "sticker shock" by simply putting myself in
the buyer's mind frame. Compare $75 s/f tiles to the price
of granite counters and it will seem like a real bargain.
And, of course, there's no price that can be put on owning
completely unique, handmade tiles.
Working hard to make sure there is no mug left behind
> -----Original Message-----
> Here are some of my basics. Last summer was my first year of selling -
> a hobbyist for five years.
> Mug -----14.00
> Deep soup bowl ----13.50
> Dinner plate -----22.00
> Covered casserole ---55-65
> Open baking dish/ large pie plate ----- 30.00
> Sushi plate (slab built, rectangular) 20-24
> On a slightly different thread, I have been asked to do tiles for a
> backsplash, by a lady for whom I just did a dinnerware set. I made sushi
> plates - rectangular, about 5 x 12 inches, and priced them at 20/each.
> wants similar tiles, about 4 X 8, without a lip, of course. I can't
> her to pay 20 per tile. I know all about figuring my actual costs,
> R&D and overhead, but what does the public EXPECT something like this to
> cost? There are to be 80 tiles, some plain glazed, some with abstract
> swirls, and about ten with a more complicated relief pattern. Any
> numbers you could throw my way would be appreciated.