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Ceramics by Shaun Hall at Studiopottery.co.uk

Shaun Hall

Ceramics by Jack Coelho at Studiopottery.co.uk

Jack Coelho

Upcoming events

Svend Bayer - Demonstration in New York at Greenwich House Pottery 20th February 2016 SVEND BAYER - For a One-day Demonstration
Demonstration by John and Jude Jelfs at Portchester Community Centre 28th February 2016 Demonstration - Thrown and Built Ceramics by well known potters Jude and John Jelfs
Equinox Exhibition - Wey potters at Harvey Gallery 13th - 26th March 2016 Private View will be on Sunday 13 March from 2-4pm
Emily Gardiner: Rising Stars Winner 2015: one year on at New Ashgate Gallery 5th March to 16th April, 2016 A new collection of work by Emily Gardiner, a year on from winning Rising Stars 2015.

Recently added Courses

Lesley McShea - 7th December to 12th December, 2016
Monday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm @ £25 per session. A regular series of Pottery Courses in Stoke Newington, London N16 by Lesley McShea.
Wobage: 5 day Slip Decorated Earthenware: Patia Davis - 20th - 24th July 2016
This course, now in it's 7th year, continues to inspire a spirited and imaginative group of student dishes and bakers.
Throwing masterclass with Rob Sollis - 21st - 28th May 2016
This throwing master class by Rob Sollis endeavors to rid ceramic form of unnecessary clutter and fuss.
Wobage: 5 Day Earthenware throwing and slip decorating: Patia Davis and guest James Burnett-Stuart - 29th June to 3rd July, 2016
Alongside guest demonstrator James Burnett-Stuart, Patia will lead an exploration of throwing and slip-decoration using earthenware clay.

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.