How to Make Money From Your Pottery Studio

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Ceramics, Knowledge | Comments Off on How to Make Money From Your Pottery Studio

How to Make Money From Your Pottery Studio

While many people are of the opinion that it is not possible to make much money from a pottery studio, when you organize the studio well and use your time efficiently, it is possible to be more productive and reap considerable profits from the venture.

Time is precious commodity and more so in case of labour-intensive activities such as pottery. In pottery, direct labour is involved to create the ceramic pottery you put up for sale. Handmade pottery is a craft that needs physical attention of the potter all through the different stages of the work. From forming and trimming to dying, bisque firing and glazing there are several stages all of which need meticulous attention to detail, for the work to turn out exquisite and unique.

And the labour involved does not end up with the creative work. You also need to consider the management part such as clean-up of the studio, ordering new materials, packaging the finished product etc. And there is some amount of indirect labour required too such as the marketing and sales of the product. Thus, the number of hours you put in can add up to a large one, if you want to design and sell your pottery on your own.

Material cost

The actual costs in pottery include the cost of the different types of clays, equipment, glaze materials etc., which are minimal when you compare the labour and time, needed to create the finished work. Whether you are using a potter’s wheel or use slip cast, hand built or pressed methods, labour takes up most of the expense involved. Therefore, a potter should always try to bring down the labour cost, if he wants to increase his profits. And in most cases there will be other elements that save you the overall costs, so considering all of them will help in a drastic cost reduction and increased profits.

Workspace

The area where the pottery is created is the place where most of the potter’s time is used up. So paying more attention to this workspace is crucial. The equipment, working table and storage area needs to be designed efficiently. The wooden shelves and working table need to be designed with care. Nowadays use of efficient tools such as the OSCILLATING TOOL helps in making the work quickly done and precisely too. Studio furniture especially the wedging table should be placed close the wheel to save time taken by the potter.  Storage containers, glaze buckets etc. when placed on wheels provides more space and flexibility. Inflexible equipment or supplies can be a bane on the productivity of a studio hence such measures need to be considered to make the manual labour-intensive operations more successful.

Working with Clay

Knowing how the clay will make its transformation from moist stage to the finished and packaged product helps you to design the studio in a better way. With the necessary information, you can reap profits even from a small studio. For instance, clay delivery should be made near the storage space, which needs to be near wedging table. The table needs to be near the potters’ wheel and other important equipment.

While the quality of the pottery is significant, it is not the sole factor determining the profits. Effective placement of supplies, equipment and management help in making the entire venture highly productive.