[Clayart] charging less

mel jacobson melpots2 at visi.com
Mon Jul 31 17:34:07 EDT 2017

paul has it very correct.......
it has always been a very controversial issue here in 
minnesota that some of the most inexpensive pots you can 
purchase are made by warren mackenzie.

it is his philosophy to charge very little...sort of art for 
the common man...leach, 1948, socialist ideals.

as i have said for years, `he gets to do what ever he 
wants..he can throw them onto the highway...his business.`
but, when the lead potter of the area sets a price so low
that it is criminal, it hurts those that want to make a 
living.  (of course it is almost impossible to get mackenzie 
pots. friends get in line first.)

remember, he was a regents professor, nice salary, health 
insurance paid in full, and, a great pension.
sort of leaves a funny taste in the mouths of full time 
potters.  and, i have known for years, i have had the same 
package as warren. but, i have always been a big supporter 
of full time potters and keeping an honest price foremost.

it is a delicate balance.  i have always kept my top prices
in the $65-75 price range. works for me.  90 percent of what 
i make are functional, every day pots. and, i work really fast.
i really don't compete with anyone.  i just do my own thing
in my backyard.  i stay away from other potters, no 
competing shows, no art fairs, no renaissance fair
warren is 93 years old and still working, many of the 
potters that did compete with him are dead and gone.
young artists/potters do not even know who he is.
of course, if you making 50 clay vagina's to glue to a wall 
you would not care who he is.  and, of course, what is a 
wall of clay vagina's worth...not much.

Mel's Website:  www.melpots.com


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