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 Mary Kershaw at Studiopottery.co.uk

Mary Kershaw

Ceramics by Rachel Grimshaw at Studiopottery.co.uk

Rachel Grimshaw

Upcoming events

Winter Exhibition includes ceramic art at New Ashgate Gallery 22nd November to 17th January, 2015 This large winter exhibition presents glass, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, prints and paintings by these talented established and emerging artists.
The Cranbrook Art Show 2014 at Vestry Hall 6th - 8th November 2014 The artwork is carefully selected from the wealth of local professional artists and the result is a fascinating and eclectic mixture encompassing painting, sculpture, art ceramics, jewellery, and textile art.
West Street Potters Winter Exhibition at Museum of Farnham, The - Garden Gallery 15th - 16th November 2014 The Garden Gallery at The Museum of Farnham once more hosts West Street Potters Winter Exhibition
Interpreting Landscape - Ceramics - Emily-Kriste Wilcox at Harborne Art Gallery 1st November to 31st December, 2014 Solo show - Emily-Kriste Wilcox (check exact dates as may not be for all both months)

Recently added Courses

Pottery - 10 Wk. Evening Classes (no dates yet): Gary Wood - 8th October to 28th January, 2015
Explore your creative potential through clay!
Bethan Jones - Regular Weekly workshops - 15th November 2014 to 28th January, 2015
Bethan teaches regular weekly workshops, as well as Saturday mornings.
Brian Dickenson - throwing workshop - 22nd November 2014 to 28th January, 2015
Basic & intermediate throwing workshop
Bethan Jones - Regular Weekly workshops - 11th October 2014 to 28th January, 2015
Bethan teaches regular weekly workshops, as well as Saturday mornings.

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.