URL Krueger on sat 20 aug 05
I hear quite often on Clayart concerns about liability but I
wondered how often potters have been sued for issues
related to their pottery business?
Anybody know of any stories (they are willing) to tell?
Bothell WA, USA
Louis Katz on sun 21 aug 05
In High School I gave my mother a set of small cups. I had trimmed them
all over using a pin tool to determine the thickness. She used them at
a party. They all leaked, I had not closed up the pin holes. She did
not sue me.
On Aug 20, 2005, at 7:48 PM, URL Krueger wrote:
> I hear quite often on Clayart concerns about liability but I
> wondered how often potters have been sued for issues
> related to their pottery business?
> Anybody know of any stories (they are willing) to tell?
> Earl K...
> Bothell WA, USA
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mel jacobson on sun 29 may 11
i was smiling just now thinking of product insurance.
i think the thing i value and take care of the most is
my `mailing list`.
now, if i lost that...man, that would be disaster.
900 names and adress` of folks that buy pottery, and
all of them from me. that is a valuable asset.
i keep a thumb drive with the entire list in a small fire proof
safe in the basement. (and about four other discs and backups
i don't worry about law suits. i just try and take care
of myself and my pottery. avoid stupid mistakes, and
avoid selling stuff that could come back and haunt me.
i was trying to point out how i almost got bit in the ass.
don't want that any more.
i, like david, would make a commission piece casserole and
most anything else. but, the customer would have to ask me
to do it..then take care of things. that is a partnership.
selling over the counter to untrained, unknowing customers
is rather silly in my view. keep that sale simple and set them
up to buy more, and become knowledgeable customers.
that is good business.
and, building trust with your customers is the key. if they
love you, and trust you, things go very well.
i have seen and heard from a dozen or more senior potters
that have sold at very high prices over the years....and they
are hurting...big time. that high end customer has their
head pulled in...big time.
i like to think that i have slid past about 5 recessions, selling
pots for weddings and gifts. giving bargains, and `keeping` my
customer base. i love the concept of selling volume. i love making
pots. selling one a year for a thousand bucks does not fit with
me. what the hell would i do with my time? and, i like lots of
people having my work...thousands. it is a sure way to find
ever lasting life. those pots will spread around for a many years
to come, long after the paintings are burned.
from: minnetonka, mn
clayart link: http://www.visi.com/~melpots/clayart.html
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Fred Parker on mon 30 may 11
I have accumulated a lot of "stuff" over my lifetime. Some I managed to
keep with me, but most of it just flaked off into the atmosphere over tim=
and the events of Life. However, there are a very few things I consider
priceless and valuable. Most are valueless to anyone else, but because o=
how I got them or some other purely emotional reason I value them highly.=
The older I get, the more important it becomes to make things people are
likely to attach themselves to -- probably for the reason you mentioned.=3D=
Fired clay's "lastability" works well in the heirloom business.
On Sun, 29 May 2011 07:55:27 -0500, mel jacobson wrot=
>...i like lots of
>people having my work...thousands. it is a sure way to find
>ever lasting life. those pots will spread around for a many years
>to come, long after the paintings are burned.