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

Alvin F. Irving

Ceramics by Ursula Waechter at Studiopottery.co.uk

Ursula Waechter

Upcoming events

James Campbell at Bluecoat Display Centre 1st - 31st August 2014 New work James Campbell
Craft Showcase - Alison Graham ceramics at Found Gallery 18th August to 13th October, 2014 New ceramics from Alison Graham
Peter Hayes: Time and Nature in Raku at New Ashgate Gallery 9th August to 20th September, 2014 Raku ceramics sculpture exhibition: Private view: 8 August, 6.oopm to 8.00pm. Peter Hayes
Patricia Volk - Sculpture at Doddington Hall and Gardens 2nd August to 7th September, 2014 New work from this masterful sculptural artist

Recently added Courses

THROWING ON THE POTTERíS WHEEL - Roger Guy-Young - 15th - 17th August 2014
This class is suitable for both absolute beginners, and those with some experience who are looking for some concentrated time and tuition to improve their skills.
University of Brighton - 1st September to 1st July, 2015
SVEND BAYER WORKSHOPS - Throwing - 25th - 27th July 2014
Svend Bayer will be holding a three day throwing workshop. TWO PLACES LEFT (8.7.14) If you want them act NOW!
Brian Dickenson - throwing workshop - 21st June 2014 - 27th July 2014
Basic & intermediate throwing workshop: Also on July 19, August 16 and September 20 2014.

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.