Friday, May 15, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
|12 by 12 (not including the little gem in the left foreground)|
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
|my favorite and most challenging part was |
that little place just below the rim
|committed to the 52nd firing!|
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
Just wanted to throw a couple of things your way and keep you up to date.
Thanks for reading and as always, I hope you are lovin' the spin YOU’RE in!
Sunday, April 19, 2015
This week I’ve been slogging through piles of stuff that has accumulated in my showroom in its winter dormancy. And just in the nick of time it was ready for yesterday’s visits! I have another group tour this Tuesday so I’ll focus on the grounds now that the showroom and studio are once again presentable.
What does a Kline pottery tour include, you ask? Well depending on the group, be they potters or not, I usually walk them through the kiln area, the studio and then, of course conclude with the finished pots in the showroom…aka “exiting through the gift shop.”
If the group is a class from the nearby Penland School, I sometimes arrange to do some kind of demonstration. The demo is usually brushwork, but occasionally I do a throwing demo.
So, if you want to take a tour of the pottery just drop me an (email)[mail to:firstname.lastname@example.org] and I’d be happy to show you around. If you can’t come here in person maybe you can see what’s happening by tuning into one of my live streams and I’ll show you around with my phone! Here’s a recent stream.
There’s much pottery to make this week as I’ve just pugged about 600 lbs of reclaim and I don’t like to let that sit around too long. So my Shimpo will be spinning a lot of clay this week.
Stay tuned for the relaunch of my podcast that has been long overdue. I needed to revamp the format and release episodes more regularly. Currently I have 5 episodes in the wings and counting. Should be some good stuff for you there and j send my apologies to all the faithful for your support.
I would love your support for the podcast with a donation of ANY amount. Please see the “tip jar” at the top of the right sidebar.
Ok! If you’ve read this far I truly appreciate your readership and look forward to sharing more of my potter’ life in the coming weeks!
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
A little background:
It was my interest in statistics that prompted me to set up a short list of my peers a couple of years ago that I recorded dutifully every week or so in my little tattered Field Notes pamphlet. This analog list in pencil was then transferred to a spreadsheet, and eventually became this list.
Why track this kind of stuff?
Aside from your personal preferences concerning Facebook, Google, and "big data" the Facebook Page is a pretty awesome marketing tool for your business. Through posts on my FB Page, I get feedback from fellow potters and get an idea what my pottery customers "like" and respond to. Comments and likes are akin to compliments and smiles from folks who visit my studio or at events where I meet folks in person. The stats from my Page help me to decide what is working or not, what content people are interested in.
In addition to looking at my own marketing practice, it's insightful to look at what others in our field are doing to market their work. It's helpful for me to see how others are growing their following on Facebook and to try to figure by what means. FB introduced their "Pages to Watch" feature, which (looks suspiciously like my FB Ceramic Index ;-) to help "compare the performance of your Page and [your] posts with similar Pages on Facebook."
Check out this awesome article written by Justin Rothshank about his use of social media to market his pottery.
So, I highly recommend that you set up a facebook page now if you haven't already. Building a strong social media following takes years to develop and the sooner you start the better off you will be. Consider your facebook business page an outlet for telling your story as an artist, a place to share your thoughts, your pictures, your milestones with others. At the least the process will provide an additional perspective on the work that you do, even if, at first, just your friends and family follow you.
Since data is only as good as you can accurately interpret, I sort the Pages according to the biggest change in followers during any specific time period. My reasoning for this is based on the assumption that changes in follow-ship are usually the result of diligent activity on the part of the artist managing the page. The more postings, events, etc usually result in increases of likes. (although this article claims that changes in likes may be because of a variety of page activity, not just posts to the page)
So here are the top Pages from the Sawdust & Dirt Facebook Ceramic Index that had the biggest change of followers since June 2014.
How these boxes work:
Each Page Box is scrollable and if you click on posts within these boxes you will be transported to the FB Page. You don't have to be logged onto FB unless you want to comment or like pages. If you are logged into FB as your Page admin, you might have to switch to your personal identity. sorry.
Monday, April 13, 2015
|the only thing more inefficient than reclaiming your clay|
is making a drawing of it as you wait for it to be ready. ;-)