Accounting 101 for Ceramic Artists


Accounting 101 for Ceramic Artists

This documents the materials and classwork that was covered for basic bookkeeping that began in March and concluded at the beginning of May, 2012.

Through a combination of working through online tutorials, doing some excercises based on a fictitious potter's business, and subscribing to the free online accounting system at, we learned together how to set up and maintain meaningful records of our businesses that are up to date, rather than finding out how we did at tax time.  Balance sheets, profit and loss reports, accounts due and receivable do not come from the papers in a shoebox accounting system.

This was a peer-led group study effort. 

The class can be repeated in the future if there is sufficient demand, and we expect to have more sophisticated tools for real time conferencing. An experienced instructor would be welcome to take over a future class. 

Minimum number of students - 6

Maximum number of students - 12

Anticipated duration - 6 weeks

Anticipated start date - Undetermined

Required time commitment - 3-8 hours per week

Communications method - Private group discussion on the Cone6pots network and scheduled 90 minute Web conferences once a week.

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This is a fixed duration, class style study group covering basic accounting concepts and setting up our businesses on the online accounting system at

Participants are urged to check in and read all postings for this group at least 3 times per week.

There will be a $40 registration fee for the class. Those who complete the class with 70% or better participation will get a $20 refund or credit toward their next class.

Members: 14
Latest Activity: May 7, 2012

Discussion Forum

Week 6 Tutorials and Activities

Started by George Lewter. Last reply by Wes Stack Apr 25, 2012. 1 Reply

This set of materials completes the course materials for the class. Though the formal class is ending, group members are encouraged to stay on as members, and to post new accounting questions that…Continue

Week 5 Tutorials and Activities

Started by George Lewter. Last reply by George Lewter Apr 18, 2012. 3 Replies

Read the Introductory lesson and Lesson 3 in the dwmbeancounter tutorials. This will give you a better grasp of what accounts you need to set up for your own business on…Continue

Wes Stack's Accounting 101 Workspace

Started by Wes Stack. Last reply by Wes Stack Apr 18, 2012. 2 Replies

Just joined today. Looking forward to the course and discussions.Continue

Week 4 Tutorials and Activities

Started by George Lewter. Last reply by George Lewter Apr 11, 2012. 2 Replies

Week 4 Project - Part 1Task 1 - Understand the financial reports presented in Lesson 6 at beancounter's website, especially balance sheet and income statement - you will create and use these very…Continue

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Comment by Troy Bungart on March 15, 2012 at 6:21pm

I finished the lessons this morning. I have never really put much thought to accounting. I will need to reread these first lessons just to get it better stuck in my head.

Comment by Wes Stack on March 15, 2012 at 6:14pm

Am on board.

Comment by Troy Bungart on March 15, 2012 at 5:27pm

I am here!

Comment by Sharon Ivy on March 15, 2012 at 4:48pm
Comment by George Lewter on March 15, 2012 at 4:24pm


Comment by Sharon Ivy on March 14, 2012 at 10:00pm

Good tip!  Thanks, June!

Comment by June Kinsinger on March 13, 2012 at 3:09pm

Group,  In reading the material and taking the tests today, I found it helpful to copy and paste the information to a word document and printing to refer back to during the quizes.  Just wanted to put this out there to help others if need be. 

Have a great day, June

Comment by Troy Bungart on March 9, 2012 at 12:03pm

I am still trying to figure out how this works. When will we know what workbooks to get?

Reply by George Lewter 3/11 - We will be following online tutorials. Any handwritten excercises will be simple enough to be done on plain lined paper, or you can print blank columnar sheets that are available for download from the Class Logistics discussion at the bottom of the main panel.

Comment by Wes Stack on March 9, 2012 at 8:32am

Still getting used to how to communicate in this activity. Changed my profile picture and somehow entered a comment. Could someone let me know the difference between my workspace (and its purpose) and this discussion forum? Thanks.

Reply by George Lewter 3/9 - This is not a discussion forum at all.  It is a comment wall. Each posting stands by itself and does not link or thread to any other comment. It is like notes thumbtacked to a bulletin board - not a good place to have a running conversation.

The discussions for this group are threaded conversations stemming from an original posting. They link to the posting they are in reply to. I may reply to your discussion at its top level, or I can reply to Ann's response to Ted's response to your original posting. 

Your workspace is simply your starting discussion for this study group, where you will start posting your conclusions about the study materials, your questions that arise as you study the materials, and where you should receive responses from others about your questions. Similarly you should check the workspaces of the others frequently, to find out what they are thinking, and to see if you can help them with questions they may have.


Comment by George Lewter on March 6, 2012 at 7:52pm

This is a private group, meaning that non-members can't see anything about this group except the generic information at the top of this page. What we do here is for our own benefit.  When we finish, we can decide whether to open the class materials for others or not. You will have an opportunity to delete any of your own content, if you don't want it left open for others. So if you want to talk about your own business, you can do it, and delete any privileged information after you get the responses you seek.



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