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Ceramics by Rob Bibby at Studiopottery.co.uk

Rob Bibby

Ceramics by Tiffany Scull at Studiopottery.co.uk

Tiffany Scull

Upcoming events

Lilli Miller: Meditations on an Unending Line at Jane Hartsook Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery 9th - 30th September 2016 Ceramic work by Lilli Miller. Diligently working in clay since 1952, this exhibition demonstrates a lifelong, extensive practice exploring the ceramic vessel. 
Ceramic Wales at North Wales School Of Art & Design (Glyndwr Uni.) 2nd - 4th September 2016 Featuring a full programme of talks, demonstrations and hands on experiences for visitors, ceramic wales will feature the work of fifty ceramic makers.
in-Habit - London Design Festival at Animali Domestici 17th - 25th September 2016 New work from Fausto Salvi will be shown
London Design Fair at Old Truman Brewery, The 22nd - 25th September 2016 A wide range (450) of designers including ceramics - more info later

Recently added Courses

Jane & Dylan Bowen Slipware Course - 23rd - 26th July 2016
4 days making and decorating using techniques old and new
Adult Summer Pottery Course with Mohamed Hamid - 29th August to 2nd September, 2016
Hand building, throwing and decorating techniques! (previous week Fully booked!)
Wobage: 2-day - Wheel-Throwing Stoneware, Beginners - 5th - 6th December 2016
This intensive 2 day course is aimed specifically at beginners who have done little or no wheel-throwing before.
Ceramic Courses at Welbeck run by Rachel Wood - 20th September to 29th November, 2016
All the ceramic courses are suitable for the beginner and more experienced student. (when fully booked consider next block of courses)

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.