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i used to be a functional potter/upper end pricing

updated fri 14 jul 06


Michelle Gallagher on thu 13 jul 06

First posting back on ClayArt after an absence of a few years...

Two posts to comment on...

1)  RE: E & T... Just want to add a quote I wrote down during Richard Notkin's lecture at NCECA '06 in Portland last March:  "Fear is a good indication that something great is about to happen"  I think this could go either way don't you?   "Art & Fear"...I re-read it regularly.  *S*

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2) Marie,
Hello again!!  We NON-functional types have to stick together don't-cha think??!!
I totally agree with what you have said about pricing, and your insight into the process of how to discover what the market will bear was very helpful as far as the quality of the work, but trial and error still comes into play as you work toward finding that fit.  I have been slowly "growing" my prices for almost 10 years now and they have almost doubled in that time.  My low end stuff(still being rather low-end as far as I can see)meaning ie. what sold for $25 ten years ago is now selling for $48-55.  Can't say if this is reasonable or not, but for the customers who return year after year it seems to work.  I wish I could ask more...but I am afraid of out-pricing my market.  What to do?? Try a
new item, similar but slightly more complicated at a higher price and move ahead.  Hmmmm...if I sound like I am talking myself into it...your are correct.

LOL   I sell high-end work too--meaning for me in the several hundred dollar range, but not as often, even though the work equals the time&materials involvement of the "dozen mugs to huge bowl" ratio.  I find that the emotional investment is much greater with the larger work, and the risk of loss during the process is that much higher. Consequently I don't make as many of those so it's not about getting rich I am afraid.  Each person has to make that distinction for themself.


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