[Clayart] mel's sale

Hank Murrow hmurrow at efn.org
Fri Aug 5 14:22:10 UTC 2022

Dear David, 

This is a lovely reply to Mel's post, and I also feel very privileged to be on the same team @ 83.
While my prices are lower to old friends in my studio, I keep the stickers at the same level as the 
White Lotus Gallery here in Eugene, so as not to undercut them generally. They do work quietly 
and steadily on my behalf since 1980, and are a joy to work with. My investments wander up and 
down, but I'm assured that Bev and I are well set up for when we close the studio and turn the 
kiln over to a younger potter one day soon. It will have many fine fires remaining for her/him/them 
to enjoy opening.

Life is Good,  Hank in Eugene, OR

On Aug 4, 2022, at 4:46 PM, David Hendley <farmpots at eastex.net> wrote:
> Mel, I specifically didn't want you to feel the need to justify how and for how
> much you sell your pottery. But, thanks, it was an entertaining read.
> Of course, you know we are on the same team.
> And you know that you cannot out-frugal or out-handmade me.
> Install my own gas line? Pfew, who needs to buy gas, I've got a lifetime supply of
> firewood for all my heating needs at the shop and at my house.
> A friend with a backhoe to install the septic drain lines? Who needs that, I installed
> mine with a shovel and a wheelbarrow....
> But I just don't like selling my work for low prices. It is still a job and I will not
> work for free. Expenses have really increased, even if you make your own
> clay and glazes and built your kiln and studio (property taxes anyone?)
> Two other thoughts:
> Like it or not, people ascribe more value for things they pay more for.
> And, I don't want to under-price all the other hardworking local potters.
> (I am thankful we never had a Warren MacKenzie-type in my area)
> I'm not as old as you, but am past retirement age. Because of a lifetime of
> frugal living and investing for retirement I could quit working at any time
> and be just fine. So, it's really not about the money per se.
> As you and Gregg, and probably many others know, it's about the lifestyle!
> Blessings,
> David Hendley
> david at farmpots.com
> www.farmpots.com
> On 8/4/2022 7:43 AM, mel jacobson wrote:
>> David, thank  you for the thoughtful post.
>> My sale was a "goodwill tour".  It was gifts
>> for my long time customers who bought lots of
>> pots during covid.
>> It was advertised on the mailing card to
>> "Buy a gift for yourself, no increase in
>> prices."  I was giving back.
>> I live very well here at the farm.
>> I re/purpose all the clay. It costs me
>> nothing but the time to run it through the
>> pug mill and add redart. I drive about ten
>> miles a week.
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