Thursday, March 29, 2012

How much are you charging for that mug? Pricing handmade Pottery

The time, creativity, experience, effort, expense and love that goes into making a piece of pottery...   blah, blah, blah.    Let me just say, it's a total bargain :)

1- Drive to the next town to buy clay
2- Unload heavy boxes of clay into studio
3- Pug and blend clay
4- Weigh out clay
5- attach bat to pottery wheel
6- throw mug
7- cover and wait for mug to get medium leather hard
8- Pull or extrude handle
9- wait for handle to firm up
10- remove mug from bat
11- trim mug
12- attach handle
13- decorate with bisque stamps
14- cover slow dry for a day or two
15- check handle for separation and repair if needed
16- move to green-ware rack until bone dry
17- final check for cracks and clean up
18- load in kiln
19- bisque fire slow for 12 hours
20- wait 24 hours for kiln to cool
21- unload kiln
22- check for imperfections
23- dust off with damp sponge
24- wax bottom 
25- apply detail glaze
26- wax over detail glaze
27- apply full glaze
28- clean off excess glaze
29- let glaze dry over night
30- load mug in kiln
31- glaze fire for 9 hours to 2185 degrees
32- wait 24 hours for kiln to cool
33- unload kiln
34- check for imperfections
35- set up photo stage
36- take photos at all angles
37- measure Height, width and capacity
38- edit photos in photoshop
39- create listing on etsy
40- if it doesn't sell fast enough - re-list on etsy
41- wrap in bubble wrap and box up for shipping
42- order postage and print out label
43- deliver to post office or fed ex (we don't get pickup in our area)
44- follow up with feedback

* All designs, photos and content herein are owned by and ©Copyright Cindy Gilliland 2012.

DirtKicker Pottery is available for purchase on Etsy!