[Clayart] is your website stamped on your work?

Bill Burgert BILLBURGERT at msn.com
Thu Jan 5 18:36:32 EST 2017

I sign all of my work and add my web site address, phone number, home address and social security number just in case the IRS wants to pay me a visit.

From: Clayart <clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com> on behalf of Owen Dearing <owen at mugrevolution.com>
Sent: Thursday, January 5, 2017 11:25 AM
To: via Clayart
Subject: Re: [Clayart] is your website stamped on your work?

So now we are equating public restroom towel dispensers with handmade pottery. Can't help but to feel just a little insulted by that analogy, David. :)

> Owen, I am in no way disparaging your decision to stamp your website
> on your pottery, but it's not for me.
> For some reason, it reminds me of being in a public restroom and the
> paper towel dispenser says "For reorders go to www.supertowel.com"<http://www.supertowel.com">.

The thing is, with your comment you are thinking about you the potter and what fits in to your sensibilities, I think. I am coming from a though process about making it easier for my customer to find me when they want more pottery.

> On handmade pottery, it is just too eager and commercial sounding,
> like the pots are coming off a conveyor belt and going right into
> shipping boxes.

Again, this is what David Hendley the potter thinks. I believe you have one of my mugs from nceca last year, David. Are you saying every time  you look at the stamped bottom you think of a big factory that is mass producing them? I doubt it. This is not necessarily what the buying public is thinking either. Nothing wrong with your sensibilities David, you have found a way to ID your wares in a way that meets your artistic and critical ideals. I have found one that works for me. I think that when folks order custom mugs from me and have to wait 2-3 months because I have so many orders in front of theirs, they get the idea that there is no conveyor belt set up in my little studio.

> I am a firm believer in adequately marking and identifying pottery. For
> me, this means I legibly sign the bottom of a pot with a sharpened stick
> and stamp the name and location of my shop into the clay.

It sounds like we both do the same thing in different ways. Truth be told, if you ever saw my handwriting you would beg me to use a stamp on the bottom of my pots for sake of legibility. :)

> Anyone who wants to find me need only type my name or the name of
> the shop into Google, Yahoo, or Bing, and my website will display at the
> top of the results.
> David Hendley
> david at farmpots.com
http://www.farmpots.com <http://www.farmpots.com/>

Also as a bonus, stamping my website address on my work enables a customer to go directly to my site without having to spend any time or effort to find it by using a search engine.

At any rate, my original post was not aimed at the established potters. You guys already have figured out what works for you. Rather, it was meant to encourage all the brave folks who are deciding/trying to make a go of it as a potter to make it easy for their customers to find them. As you get going in your business, think about what makes sense to your customers and how to make it easy for them to purchase your wares.

Cheers, Owen

Owen Dearing, potter
Bend, Oregon

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