Welcome - This is a Social Enterprise Business It aims to help potters and ceramic artists to become better known, to sell their work, to fill their courses and to provide a window into this fantastic world of 3D art!

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Work for Sale

Ceramics by Philomena Pretsell at Studiopottery.co.uk

Philomena Pretsell

Ceramics by John Calver at Studiopottery.co.uk

John Calver

Upcoming events

Turner Retrospective at Tate Britain 30th September to 4th January, 2015 Norman Yap's ceramics will be available at Tate Britain over this period
POTober 2014 at Central Institute of Technology, The 3rd - 5th October 2014 A Smorgasbord of workshops in perth, Western Australia
PAPER WINGS - Liz Mathews at Enitharmon Press 22nd September to 17th October, 2014 Not exactly ceramics, but by one of our members: An artist's book installation by Liz Mathews setting a new song cycle by Maureen Duffy. PV: with reading by Maureen Duffy  22 September 6.30 - 8.30pm  (for invitation/RSVP info@enitharmon.co.uk)
Solo Exhibition - Georgie Beadman ceramics at 23 Kensington Place 3rd - 4th October 2014 New work from Georgie Beadman

Recently added Courses

A Flower for Mandela - 5th - 7th September 2014
Free Workshops at Studio Eleven during the Freedom Festival.  Drop-in sessions for families and children, suitable for aged 6 upwards. 
John Evans - Original Alternative Raku Workshop - Sussex - 22nd - 25th May 2015
The 'Original' workshop course will include the use of burnishing and terra sigillata to provide the smooth and polished surface ideal for these 'naked clay' techniques. There will be tips on how to make work for successful firing, how to achieve those solid blacks and whites and the use of colour in naked raku.
Ceramic Workshop with Claire Ireland - 8th October to 12th November, 2014
6 week course starting Wednesday 8th October 201410.00 - 1.00 £180 for 6 weeks   + £5 firing charge
Working with Clay - Jude Jelfs - 25th September 2014 to 12th November, 2014
Jude Jelfs is a potter and bronze worker who makes figurative ceramics in earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. 

Take care – Forresters Fund For Children – Vardis

Since May we have received 7 reports of what appear to be high pressure sales techniques from a business known as Vardis, seeking advertising in a directory with the indication that proceeds will go to charity. ¬†The reports received have shown dissatisfaction with the quality of material provided, doubt with the advertising value and the high pressure to sign up ‘then and there ‘ for amounts from ¬£199 to ¬£399. These might be exceptions, but there are sufficient to argue caution. The Forresters Fund for Children, clearly from comments on their website, appear to have had some benefit by way of receipts from Vardis, but what percentage of sales this is we do not know. ¬†This may be a genuine attempt to raise funds for this worthy charity, but from the reports we have had we would at least take care before agreeing to contribute.

Generally……it is suggested FOR ANY sales¬†approach¬†by phone ¬†- you should be careful and questioning. For example:

1. Do not agree to any telephone sales from any company on the phone unless you are satisfied of their bona fides and do not agree to pay any money immediately in any circumstances. Ask for a week to consider it and tell them you will phone them back with your decision once you have seen an example of what they propose in writing.

2. Ask them for more details of what they are offering, and if a charitable element….how much goes to charity and the name(s) of the charity(charities) concerned, so that you can check with them. Consider whether you would agree to this promotion if a charity was not involved – try to separate the charitable aspect from the business aspect.

3. Request details of the way in which your advertising will be published, whether there are certified advertising (e.g. ABC) figures available, and for reference to existing advertisers. Get an understanding of whether their target market will actually benefit your business. How will they distribute your advertising and to whom?

4. Telephone sales techniques are designed to be persuasive and tend to try and get the recipient to make an instant decision. This is neither necessary or wise and one should always seek to make the decision later when you are not under pressure.   The golden rule is never to commit to expenditure which you have not sought immediately. Very often in the cold light of day your decision may be different.

We hope these comments will be useful as we seem to be facing an increasing level of ‘cold calling’ and if others wish to tell me of instances where they have faced similar cold calls we would be happy to receive them.


Posted on May 22 2009 under News about Makers.