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Ground Breaking

Reuse, recycle, reduce. We hear these ideas all the time and I tend to think they are good ones. It comes in especially great when someone gives me an old kiln.  That is exactly what happened when the electric kiln that we used for cone 6 glaze firing gave up the ghost at Callanwolde. It’s a good size kiln, much bigger than my electric kiln but I’m not interested in rewiring this one. You may remember I did that with my electric kiln when I installed the kiln sitter (you can read about that here) which I got from another free kiln.

My plan for this kiln is to make it a reduction kiln since that is the look I like best for my pots. I am even considering adding a stoke hole so I can feed some small piece of wood into the kiln for some ash and wood effects.

Before I can start converting it into a gas kiln I need to build a kiln shed. My current kiln room is fine for the electric kiln but it’s too crowded to add flame to the mix. I’m designing a simple lean-to type shed that will have a m…

Almost There

We all know that it's helpful to have goals and then to take steps towards achieving them.  Back in January I joked about not really making a New Years resolution to keep up with my Etsy shop.  I did, at that time set out to do better with Etsy and increase my sales.  I've worked at it at a pace that felt comfortable for me.  I know I could do better, post lots more pieces and do all the other million little tasks that I am told I should do.  But I have to work at my pace so the offerings are more but not nearly the 100 that it should be.  I've interacted a bit more, visiting the forums and creating treasuries.  I enjoy making them, they are fun and I get to see other people's work that I might not have normally seen.

Now I am almost there.  The last piece that sold on Etsy brought me into a tie with the most I've ever sold in one year.  And it's only July!  Okay, it's the end of July but I do hope to sell some more pieces before the year is finished.  That will mean that I achieved the goal of exceeding my previous sales years.  That feels pretty good.
The bad news is that I'm a little lower on the cash side of things.  It seems I'm selling more items but lower cost items.  When I look at my shop it's easy to see why, the majority of my pieces are the less expensive ones.  Well, that's easy to fix.

The other thing I noticed is that most of my customers from Etsy are new.  This is a little strange to me since I have so many repeat customers (collectors?) here in Atlanta.  These are people that come to shows, festivals and shops and look for me.  These are the people that write or call and request a special item.  I wonder if people are getting lost in the volume that is Etsy so I created a coupon that gives a little discount to customers who come back and purchase from me again.  It feels like a nice way of saying "Thanks."

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  1. You are building momentum! Most of my Etsy sales are to first time buyers of my work. I have a few repeat buyers but they are all people who found me via Etsy.

    1. It does feel like momentum Michèle, and it's thanks, in part to people on Etsy that are giving encouragement and tips.

  2. Same here, new buyers too. Cute soap or sponge holders!

  3. dam, lost comment again cause I wasn't signed in.

    wow, congrats, I find the etsy very confusing and I cant' even find shops I want to because I type in their name wrong or some such I think their search tool isn't that great and I think some sellers put in key words that don't relate to their product because they seem to come up when I do a search.

    Once I get my kiln I'll open up my store and see what happens, ha, I may need your advice. the few sales I had on etsy were all from first time buyers

    1. Hi Linda, I'd be happy to help you with your shop. My best advice is to read everything you can about selling on Etsy. Do it now while you're waiting for your kiln and your shoulder to heal. That way you'll be ready with a plan.

  4. I just realized that my post tonight has the same title as yours! I must have chosen it because it was in my head from when I read your post earlier.

    1. Haha, I know we can all inspire and influence each other's work, even the blog posts.


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