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my secret business plan

updated sat 16 jul 05


clennell on fri 15 jul 05

I know I'm going to disappoint Tom and Chris here, but our only business
plan from year to year is to be in business. We'll do whatever it takes.
Some of you will notice i am grumpy in the winter when money is low. This
will not happen in 2006 since I have booked one workshop for each of Feb,
March and April, Sheridan happens for me in Sept, Oct so that's 5 months
looked after- that's the plan in a nutshell.
tom don't discount Clayart and tell people to spend less time here. Not good
advice. Glad you're back, so that I can remind you that Clayart has has been
very good to many of us. It is another pony for potters to ride. Many of the
workshops that I do I thank Clayart for. Always at a workshop Clayarters are
there in numbers supporting me.
Production potters are going to get the crap kicked out of them in the next
decade. Make things that are distinctive. You will never get asked to do a
workshop to demonstrate wine coolers and chip dip sets. I served my time in
production. Our last year in Wiarton servicing the tourist market 73% of our
yearly sales were items $20 and under. It takes a lot of those pots to make
a high school teachers wage and that has always been my standard of living.
A little time spent on Clayart for coffee break or before breaky in the
morning is time well spent. The big guys haven't figured this one out yet
and I'm keeping it my secret business plan.
Tony and Sheila Clennell
Sour Cherry Pottery
4545 King Street
Beamsville, Ontario