Earning Money Making Ceramics

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Spirit of Pottery | Comments Off on Earning Money Making Ceramics

Earning Money Making Ceramics

Some people love doing ceramics, but prefer do only do it as a hobby. Others, however, would give everything to be able to make a living by making pots, figurines, cups, etc. And these people often ask themselves – is a serious career in pottery and ceramics really possible?

The answer is YES!

But before you start quitting your day-jobs, you have to inform yourself and bare some things in mind. There are both upsides and downsides to doing this type of business. One of the downsides is that it takes some time to get off the ground, and you need to invest at least some capital if you’re going to see a return. This means that it is way better to not retire your construction helmet, nurse shoes, or office suit just yet – it is better to have a steady income while your ceramics business develops. This might be strenuous and harsh, but unless you have a nice nest egg, it is by far the best option – you won’t be able to sell your ceramics if you don’t have any money for material.

So, you might be asking yourselves – What are the important factors in developing a successful ceramics business. Here are some things to look out for:

  • Finances – Yes, we’re starting with the least interesting, but sometimes most important one. You have to keep a close eye on your finances if you want to make any money from your venture. This means calculating the cost of the material, utilities, taxes, and then figuring out what your targeted salary is and how many pieces you can make per week. Only when you have all this info can you put the right price on your pieces.
  • Attention to Detail – This tip references both finances, and your work. You have to keep a close eye on what you’re getting and what you’re spending. If you’re not sure how to do this, use a program for bookkeeping. Concerning your work, make sure you interact with your customers and pay attention to their wants and needs. This will make them happy and attract more.
  • Quality – This is the big one! Quality is one of the most important things to keep an eye on. You have to be trained to recognize a quality work when you see one, and you need to make sure you give everything you can into each of your pieces. This way you can introduce your customers to your quality and style, and you will gain loyal patrons.
  • Value – It is important that you know how to set your prices – if you set them too high, no one will buy them, and if they are too low, you won’t profit. You have to find the golden middle. Do this by looking at your finances to avoid undercharging, and looking at other galleries and artists to avoid setting astronomical prices. A good idea is to have pieces in all price ranges (for example, divided by size), so that someone who has some extra cash can buy a $5000 piece, while those who can’t afford to be extravagant have the option of getting a smaller piece for $20.