Thursday, 13 September 2012
Making Pottery Adds up Sometimes!
This blog is about my journey in the world of Pottery.
But today I just want to share a thought to those
who think you can't make a living at Pottery.
It depends how you apply yourself.
Give this some thought.
I buy my clay by the tonne this means
I pay around £3.50 per 12.5KG bag
These small sauce pots take 2.5 ounces of clay
this I have worked out means I can make 9 per 1 Kilo gram
so allowing for a bit of wastage
this means I can make 100 per 12.5 KG Bag.
I sell them retail at £4 each
that means that from one £3.50 bag of clay
you can make £400 worth of pots.
This picture gives you an idea of the size
here I have sat one next to a 4" wide Ramekin.
100 of these small pots could easily be made in one day
with just a bit of slip on the inside
and glazed on the inside and the rim only
they don't take much glaze.
The great thing about these is that you can fit them in the kiln
in all the small gaps between pots
so in my kiln I can usually fit between 10 - 20
per glaze firing.
so if you think this through that's an extra £40 -£80
worth of value in each glaze firing.
I was doing the sums on this on Monday and I just wanted to share
the sums with you.
Makes you think dosn't it.
Not one of my normal blogs I grant you
but one that I think was worth sharing. I hope it gets a few brain cells working.
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