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The Business Side of Pottery

It's been a week since I've written anything on this blog.  If you're wondering why you are probably not a potter.   This is a busy season with lots of shows and workshops.  I'm getting ready for my first open studio which should be fun but is also challenging.
For some unknown reason I've chosen this time of the year to try to get some stuff organized better.  I've got a lot of information about my pots but it's scattered which means I can't find anything when I need it.  If you're thinking "she needs a database" you are thinking correctly.
I've tried building one in OpenOffice but who has time for that?  So I have been messing around with the trial version of Bento which I like but am still learning and I'm not sure it's going to do everything I'd like it to do (which could include making meals and cleaning the house, I ask a lot).  It can use templates which is nice, I even found one for glaze recipes.
What do you use to keep track of inventory and sales?
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  1. I'm afraid I don't have any advise as to a good database for your needs (but if you find one that cooks and cleans, I'll buy!). Beautiful pitcher though!

  2. I love your pitcher. Awesome glaze.
    My way of tracking inventory and sales is very simple. My inventory is basically a photo data base. Sales are accounted for on a simple hand written ledger. I'm not selling a ton of pottery yet. When I hit the big time I know I will need to come up with something more sophisticated.

  3. I'd buy that one too:-)
    Thanks for the complement on the pitcher, you can see more images and even purchase it in my Esty shop:


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