[Clayart] my take, logo's

Porcelain byAntoinette porcelainbyantoinette at gmail.com
Sat Jan 7 17:28:13 EST 2017

Mel, as always there is great wisdom in what you wrote. I think there is
one kind of potter that must be added. It is the one that needs an artistic
outlet, but needs bread and butter income. For many years I had the
privilege of a husband taking care of all the finances. These days he
joined me with TeachinArt.com. That means we need all the resources that we
For the local market I am making functional ware and for the exclusive
market I am making my signature work. My signature work require lots of
concentration, so by juxtaposing the 2 forms of work I can "breathe"
It is a little harder to market, but I do think the style should keep the
two combined in one.
I have learned over the years that recognition in one's own community is a
matter of education and persistence, sometime the hardest thing to do,
because until you understand the needs of your customer, you may easily end
up with unsold stuff on your shelves.
If I have to advice young potters today to start with a style of work, I
would tell them to keep it simple, keep it limited and grow slowly.
Antoinette Badenhorst

On Sat, Jan 7, 2017 at 10:45 AM, mel jacobson <melpots2 at visi.com> wrote:

> i have spent many years making my mj logo a
> very recognizable image.
> i use it on facebook with a gold background.
> i have the logo on both sides of my sale card.
> jet black. i hang a very huge banner with just my logo on it on sale
> weekends.  (i cannot have signs in a family neighborhood. this takes care
> of that issue.)
> like i always say:  it all depends.
> my sales have always been local. that fifty mile circle that
> contains a couple of million people is my base. i work it.
> if you are working the net, all the rules change.
> david hendley sends out a small newspaper with all sorts of interesting
> items.  he sells his pottery.
> the logo is not much, but, `old farmhouse pottery` is a real thing. it is
> a place.
> we all have to find our way...but, number one of all the items is making
> great pots that people want to buy. they should fill a bag with pots.  you
> know, $160.
> if your pots do not sell, look to yourself.  as i say many times without
> brag...my pots sell like hot cakes. if the pots sit on a shelf too long...
> garbage...and, i don't make more of them just to please me.
> and, without question, i look for new, very colorful fired hot pots. they
> sell.
> and, i don't spend hours in decoration.  for every ten extra minutes you
> spend in decorating a pot you either raise the price or give them away.
> time vs work vs cost of production.
> it is very critical.  but, then....some don't want to make a profit.  so
> be it.  i am not one of them.
> but, everyone that makes art, craft, stuff...you either sell it, or stack
> it away.  you make that choice.
> and, i have that other opinion.  if you have a full time job   in
> education, and you don't need that extra buck, but you need resume
> help...then you make work that does not sell, or you scoff at
> commercial-ism, then your work is priced realllly high and you get that
> raise at your work place. it is a trade off.  (and we know of educators
> here on clayart that actually make sculpture, abstract work that they sell
> by commission or gallery.  good for them.
> if you want to make a buck or two, nothing wrong with that..it is noble.
> just admit it, and get on with it.
> if you want to be a poet, be that...you have a choice.
> don't mix the metaphor.
> and, for sure i say...if you want to make political statements on your
> work...you just lost half your customer base. i cannot afford that, and i
> will not insult good customers.  i love them all.
> mel


Antoinette Badenhorst

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