[Clayart] is your website stamped on your work?

Paul Gerhold gerholdclay at gmail.com
Thu Jan 5 15:41:54 EST 2017

Well my wife and I for thirty years had an unsearchable chop and it never seemed to be a problem.  People who bought our work knew whose work it was and never seemed to have a problem finding us. Of course our work was rather distinctive and hard to confuse with other artist's work although we did manage at times to have a few attempted copiers.

And by the way neither of us thought that not trumpeting our name on the bottom of the work was either romantic or a moral virtue. That came from working as a happy team and making what we wanted and selling it to people who wanted to own and cherish our work. 


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> On Jan 5, 2017, at 12:19 PM, Snail Scott <claywork at flying-snail.com> wrote:
>> On Jan 4, 2017, at 8:06 PM, David Hendley <david at FARMPOTS.COM> wrote:
>> ...I am in no way disparaging your decision to stamp your website
>> on your pottery, but it's not for me…. it is just too eager and commercial sounding…
> For my own work, I’m with Dave on this.  My work is one-offs, and even when I do 
> things that are similar, it’s important to emphasize each piece’s distinctiveness. 
> It’s a crucial balancing act between the _necessity_ of being commercial and the 
> _appearance_ of being commercial.  
> Fortunately, I have a memorable and fairly searchable name, so a legible 
> signature seems sufficient for me. Finding my website from my name is a pretty 
> easy process. I also don’t expect many repeat customers, so the number of people 
> who’d look at my work to identify the source for future purchases seems small. 
> Not having a legible ID of some sort seems patently silly, though. Using only an 
> un-searchable chop stamp or dashing off an illegible scrawl is pointless. Why even 
> bother? ‘Anonymous’ or ‘unknown artisan’ is a perfectly nice designation - for a dead 
> person. Obscurity is not romantic, nor is it a moral virtue. Identify your work clearly!
> If I had a hard-to-search or more common name, it might be a helpful to have added 
> identification. If that were the case, though, I might find a less product-y way to offer 
> a distinctive ID. If I did quantity production ware, however, it might make more sense 
> to stamp my contact info and marketing website directly on the work. Know your 
> market.
>                 -Snail

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