Giving Away the Milk, the Cow, the Pasture – Or Not

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The Facebook post asking about ways to increase sales hit me like a ton of foam peanuts. Soft, but hugely enveloping.

I watched the comment thread develop. Since it was from a delightful, intelligent group of solopreneurial women, it got more observant with each comment.

The discussion explored the rationales of offering small incentives – discounts, freebies, two-fers and the like – to one’s current and especially, prospective buyers, enticing them to buy.

Then it hit me: this is NOT small! It is the crux of nearly every trading decision. It is as ancient as any marketplace. What makes it a Deal?Read More >

Henpecked Bowl in Rich Iron Luster

This is a Gen-U-Wine Henpecked Bowl, accept no substitutes!

  • Materials: Clay and Glazes
  • Colors: Eggshell (yes, it’s really called that!), and Iron Luster
  • Fully fired to mid-range stoneware temperatures
  • Dimensions: approx. 2.25″ x 4″ x 4.25″
  • Capacity:¬†about 2/3 cup, which leaves a comfortable distance to the rim.
  • Dishwasher safe, but handwashing is kinder (and more tactile.)

 

Small Worx Series: Round Small Dish in Textures of Grays, Black and Red

Small Worx can be nearly anything within a small format. It’s fun when the little dishes play with texture and range freely with cut-out circles and mixed media touches.

  • Materials: Clay, Glaze, Cold Finish
  • Colors: Milky Translucent Grays, Black and Red
  • Fully fired to mid-range stoneware temperatures
  • Dimensions: .75″ x 3″ x 3″
  • Care: Handwash, please.

 

For What It’s Worth

Ceramic Pabst Beer Can on Nest of Rusty Shot up Cans

 

For what it’s worth, I’ve been making artstuff out of clay since 1999 or so and have been earnestly involved in selling it since 2007. You’d think by now I would have an accurate sense of what prices to ask. You would think. But I don’t. What I always suspected, and now am completely sure of, is that monetary value is squidgy and at best thinly related to the highly subjective valuation of a work of art. Throughout the art world, price is often nebulous, magically derived, and certainly very negotiable. And Ceramics carries another challenge because of the FineArt/FineCraft pricing disconnect. Let’s look at all this a little more personally.

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