Something about the mad rush to the holidays – it’s exciting and nerve wracking…Will I have enough pottery? Will my customers be happy with their choices? Will all the packages make it without breaking?! The week before Christmas I was sending out at least one package a day – often two or three. I am always surprised and humbled that people want my pottery enough to buy it as a gift to give others.
I am grateful because it gives me the opportunity to make more, which keeps me a sane and happy Kathy!
The 2015 Holiday Season was a real treat, as I retired in June and had more time to make pots. I went into the season feeling pretty confident with my inventory.
Still, I had a challenge in managing a shop along with two on-line shops. If I sold something in my Gallupville shop I had to remember to take it off the online shops, sell one at Etsy, take it off Amazon… (remember, each is a one of a kind). I had two instances where a person online tried to buy a pot that already sold…. not cool on my part. WAY. NOT. COOL.
So, looking ahead I need to manage inventory better…which means more organization, maybe a spreadsheet??? It makes my head hurt. Counting, recording…maybe a new price sticker with a code system??? I’m not sure how I’ll do it yet. Do any of you other potters out there have a strategy?
Still, weighing out the embarrassment of selling a pot I don’t have compared to the discomfort of learning a new inventory system… I can suck it up and learn a new method to keep track of it all.
The shop is pretty bare now – I think I have 6 mugs left! That’s a good thing. It means it’s time to get myself back in the studio.
December brought another opportunity for Kings Creek Pottery. I was able to donate a lot of hard brick to an endeavor our local clay supplier (Monroe Clay Works) is doing.
Monroe Clay Works is building a wood kiln. So Exciting!! I’ve been saving that brick forever and finally it got a good home. Thankfully it is still in great shape and will help the project along.
I love the break and I love the return.
I spent one day cleaning up the studio – all the packing stuff is back in its proper place and the shelves are ready to be filled. Two days in the studio got me started pretty well. I always start with mugs to warm me up again. I took a video and planned to upload it here, but it’s too big to upload here. I have it on my FB page, you can go check it out there.
52 mugs later I am well on my way! (and 8 berry bowls and a few garlic jars too). It’s good to have my hands in clay again!
I powered up with a Catlin Wellness And Nutrition green smoothie to keep me going! Ha!!
Tomorrow I can get back in the studio to trim pots, make mug handles, and get to decorating with those awesome new wood block imprints…yes, I’ll post photos for you 😉