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 Jasmin Rowlandson at Studiopottery.co.uk

Jasmin Rowlandson

Ceramics by Nici Ruggiero at Studiopottery.co.uk

Nici Ruggiero

Upcoming events

To The Coast at Porthminster Gallery 7th February to 7th March, 2015 A group show of five handpicked artists showcasing the range of inspiration to be found in the Cornish shoreline:
Spring Fling at Haddenham Galleries 7th February to 30th April, 2015 A selected exhibition of lively and unusual work, reflecting the ethos of the galleries.
Beginnings, with ceramics at Jane Reeves Gallery 3rd - 28th February 2015 New work from Emily-Kriste Wilcox as part of a group exhibition
Speve Tootell - Firing on All Cylinders! at Gallery St. Ives 24th February to 1st March, 2015 New work Steve Tootell

Recently added Courses

Claire Ireland at Heatherleys School of Fine Art - 25th April to 6th June, 2015
This class will help you acquire new skills in contemporary ceramic practice, including hand-building, casting, colour and firing. (release date 10 February 2015)
Exploring Colour, Texture and Clay - Alison Graham - 25th January 2015 to 6th June, 2015
This full day workshop will be an introduction to colour, texture and preparation of slab built work
Jenny Beavan - 1 Day Workshop - 31st May 2015 to 6th June, 2015
One day workshop in conjunction with Open Studios Cornwall
Ceramics Ė Workshop with Clive Bowen, assisted by Stefan Andersson - 13th - 17th July 2015
The workshop is conducted in English. Assisting instructor Stefan Andersson also speaks Swedish. To participate in this workshop you need previous experience of throwing and ceramic work.

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.