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

Alvin F. Irving

Ceramics by Rachel Grimshaw at Studiopottery.co.uk

Rachel Grimshaw

Upcoming events

The Mad Hatters Potting Tea Party at Venue 236 Edinburgh Fringe Festival 6th - 12th August 2016 Watch professionals in 'Meet the Maker' demonstrations
Eeles pottery demonstrating at Taunton flower Show at Taunton Flower Show 5th - 6th August 2016 We will be demonstrating the Raku firing at this years flower show
Potfest in the Pens at Potfest in the Pens - Penrith 5th - 7th August 2016 The only unselected show in the UK giving an opportunity to see the work of the well established alongside the next generation.
Country File Live at Blenheim Palace 4th - 7th August 2016 This exciting new event will allow you to explore every aspect of the British countryside in one unmissable day out - not cheap tho!

Recently added Courses

Hand - building skills with Sarah Purvey - 7th June to 12th July, 2016
Six week evening class 7-9pm starting Tuesday 7th June.  A six week programme of hand building skills.Taught by Sarah Purvey Please make your booking through the Pound 01249 701628
THROWING: TASTER SESSIONS at the Leach Pottery - 18th July to 7th November, 2016
Half-day introductory taster courses throwing on the potter's wheel in the Clore Learning Studio. 
CERAMICS MASTERCLASS - James Oughtibridge - 9th July 2016 to 7th November, 2016
Masterclass with James Oughtibridge. 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday 9 July only
NIEK HOOGLAND at Kigbeare - 26th - 28th August 2016
slipware making and decorating workshop run by the wonderful Niek Hoogland from the Netherlands. 2 places left

BUSINESS: Observations from a potter on the edge – how YouTube can help your business

Steve Booton has produced an interesting article which may be of use (or at least thought provoking!) to others, both in the ceramics world and more generally…

Let me take a moment to explain the title of this piece, it can have a number of different meanings. I live on the edge of Sheffield which is very much on the edge of Yorkshire and also as a recent returnee to ceramics, I feel very much like I am on the edge of the world of pots looking in. This enables me to offer a positive perspective from which to discuss my recent observations and experiences of the world of ceramics.

At the risk of preaching to the converted, how many of you have viewed the global phenomenon that is YouTube. I read that in the US, 10.5 BILLION views of uploaded videos were made in the month of October alone. With viewing statistics like these, YouTube would appear to be a good way for us potters, or indeed any craftsperson, to reach a wider, global audience with all the potential sales a wider audience can generate.

Ordinarily, even with the best intentions in the world, we can only reach a relatively small number of people through exhibitions and crafts fairs. Of course these events have their place as they create essential revenue that all potters need to survive. However, I feel it is important to embrace as many diverse methods of reaching as many people as possible. With this in mind, I recently started posting videos of my work on YouTube. Initially, I uploaded slideshows of my work. Then, I posted some live action videos of me throwing pots and latterly a couple of videos of kiln openings and firings discussing the successes and, just as importantly, the mistakes I have made.

Up to the time of writing this piece, I have had over 11,500 viewings of my videos, with 132 subscribers to my channel from all around the world and all this from a virtually unknown potter. Simon Leach, on the other hand, has had over two million hits to his videos, with 3316 subscribers all of whom are notified each time he uploads a video, providing a very large captive audience. He also says that his website used to get a few hundred hits per year before posting on Youtube, since posting the number of hits on his website have become thousands.

As well as enabling craftspeople to reach a much wider global audience, videos posted on YouTube can be utilised to raise revenue. This is achieved via Google Adsense, where relevant related advertising banners are attached to the video which earn the owner revenue each time the banner is clicked. For example, if you wish to advertise an upcoming event or offer courses, you can incorporate the details in the information banner attached to your video and, in doing so, reach an incredible number of potential customers or students for free!

If you have a website it is easy to attach your URL to your YouTube channel so that people who watch your videos are able to navigate to your website easily and buy your products online. All of this is FREE and only takes a few minutes to set up; surely this is an opportunity too good to be missed!

By Steve Booton of  www.youtube.com/user/stevebootonceramic


Posted on September 24 2011 under News, News about Makers.