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 Regina Heinz at Studiopottery.co.uk

Regina Heinz

Ceramics by Brian Holland at Studiopottery.co.uk

Brian Holland

Upcoming events

Creatures Great and Small at 45 Southside 8th April to 23rd May, 2017 Gwen Vaughan, ceramic artist and Tracey Benton, felt making
Anglian Potters in The Undercroft at Undercroft, The (Norwich) 8th - 23rd April 2017 Anglian Potters' members come from all over the region and represent every discipline within ceramics
Ceramicat and the best of the Scottish Potters Association at Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum 31st March to 28th May, 2017 The exhibition will show off the best of what the members of the SPA can do but also stretch their creativity to produce something related to cats.
Le Printemps des Potiers market at Le Printemps des Potiers market 15th - 17th April 2017 John Townsend and many other makers

Recently added Courses

Personal 'Bespoke'Tuition - Bob and Mary Kershaw - 16th February to 28th February, 2018
Mary and Bob offer private tuition in clay modelling, sculpture AND the potter's wheel for complete beginners through to intermediate level.. (Gift Vouchers available for Christmas, Birthdays etc...)
Jane and Dylan Bowen Slipware Course - 15th - 18th July 2017
Jane and Dylan Bowen Slipware Course 2017  15,16,17 & 18th July
A BIRD IN THE HAND - 10th - 11th June 2017
one day hand-building workshop to make your own bird sculptures: choose Sat 10 or Sun 11 June
Handbuilding Workshop with Mary-Jane Evans - 29th April 2017 - 11th June 2017
The class will be a fun way to explore clay, learn new skills and to relax in our small workshop aimed at only x6 attendees. No previous experience with clay is necessary.

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.