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 Charlotte Storrs at Studiopottery.co.uk

Charlotte Storrs

Ceramics by Alvin F. Irving at Studiopottery.co.uk

Alvin F. Irving

Upcoming events

Designer Crafts at the Mall 2015 (25th year!) at Mall Galleries 8th - 17th January 2015 This ever-popular winter craft exhibition, run by the Society of Designer Craftsmen, is recognised as a leading platform of the best talent in ceramics, furniture, jewellery, glass and textiles. 
Top Drawer, Home and Craft at Olympia London at Olympia 11th - 13th January 2015 A trade show with buyers from independent retailers, multiple retailers, internet, mail order and department stores plus interior designers, agents, wholesalers and press. George Ormerod will be there.
Mark Titchiner Open Studio in Suffolk at Open Studio - The Pottery, Chediston 21st December to 1st January, 2015 Invitation to view new work, also vintage pots and good seconds.
Craft - Redefining Handmade at Earls Court Exhibition Centre 11th - 13th January 2015 CRAFT 2015 is a unique opportunity to see the work of 150 contemporary designer makers.

Recently added Courses

Mould Making For Slip Cast Ceramics with Ed Bentley - 4th - 6th February 2015
These three day residential courses help craft potters, students or anyone wishing to develop their skills in plaster mould making for slip-cast ceramics.   All are welcome to attend, regardless of current skill level and background. 
Children's School Holiday Pottery Sessions - Eastnor Pottery - 18th February to 28th October, 2015
Fabulous, themed, workshops that take place every school break.
Making and decorating: Jim Robison - 26th - 31st July 2015
Hands on making in all areas, but with specific emphasis on hand built and extruded forms.
Mould Making For Slip Cast Ceramics with Ed Bentley - 22nd - 24th April 2015
These three day residential courses help craft potters, students or anyone wishing to develop their skills in plaster mould making for slip-cast ceramics.   All are welcome to attend, regardless of current skill level and background. 

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.