New pots.

Lots of throwing today, new bowl shapes, I’m really into new shapes and new decoration at the moment. I’m making in a way that I don’t usually make. Usually I would throw batches of the same thing and decorate in batches of the same decoration to make sure that I can fulfil orders. Recently although I have been throwing batches of similar shapes the decorations have been all over the place and it’s been really exciting. However I now have all these new shapes and patterns that I really like but as I’m away to a trade fair at the beginning of April I’m getting a little confused as to how to present them at the show in terms of I’m really excited by them and I want to show them but do I really want to make full ranges of all of these new things. I don’t want to make all pots in all styles but I don’t feel I can say to a shop yes you can have 20 mugs that shape but they’ll be whatever patterns I feel like doing on the day?
What do you think?

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9 Responses to New pots.

  1. Alex Solla says:

    I think you are RIGHT ON the money with the idea for how you want to decorate your mugs. They are YOUR mugs. Galleries will want to carry them…. they just have to know they can expect them to be X size, with variable decoration. We do this with our footed mugs and our serving bowls. They are deliberately different. Some footed mugs are rounded, others tall, some squiggle.. but all hold the same volume, and they are available in our various colors. Good luck at the trade show!

  2. ang says:

    it’s the way i work H, but then i’m in a diff place, it’s worth a go…nothing like mixing it up for peeps.

  3. Ron says:

    Hey Hannah, I guess I’m pretty much doing the variable deco thing too. I agree with what Alex and Ang say. I think if the gallery understands where you’re coming from they will welcome the choices. Customers like choice.

  4. Alex Solla says:

    An addition: If galleries already love your work (and I am sure they do!)… they will love the individuality of your decoration on these mugs. On top of that, you should be able to ask MORE for your mugs than a comparable mug which lacks the time of your decoration. So GO FOR IT!and post to the blog any feedback you get from gallery owners.

  5. Doug Fitch says:

    This career is a lifestyle choice, so I think you have to do what makes you happy and make things the way you want to make them – the galleries will get their heads around it and respect it – that’s my way of thinking anyway, but then I’m always skint so don’t listen to me! Thing is, when the wood kiln comes, you’ll never get the same thing twice, even if they’re sitting side by side on the kiln shelf, let alone from different firings.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I expect to see variety of decorations as much as possible as one of amature potter.As one of customer, I would like to have one pot with the decoration by your funny bird as usual.By the way, are there any possibility to buy your Slipware in Japan?Takashi

  7. I echo what Doug said. Make what you love.

  8. Peter says:

    Hi Hannah,Thanks for your message on my blog, really good of you to be in touch. It’s funny that you should mention being shown round the clay making place in Dunedin a couple of years ago by a nice chap who is now in Australia. Russell, the nice chap, actually mentioned you to me back then and I wished at the time that we could have met up. I’ve lost touch with Russell since he went overseas, but still get my clay from Southern Clays in Dunedin. We are very lucky to have them there, as there are very few places like that left over here now as there are too few potters to make them very viable. I’ve been attempting to throw rather medieval inspired jugs today, hummm… rather a lot to learn, but fun. Just had a look at the most recent posting on Doug Fitch’s blog site of his puzzle jugs, mmmmm… sprigs and galena, Lovely stuff!

  9. Anonymous says:

    There are plenty of robots making identical products. Handmade allows for individuality – as a customer you almost expect it, and what is more willing to pay a premium. If it makes the customer / retailer feel more comfortable they could be harlequin sets – and then within a product type anything goes.

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