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 George Lewter on February 27, 2012 at 11:09pm

The class starting March 14, 2012 is full! It is likely that two or more members will not participate or will drop out quickly, so we will probably be OK in allowing a couple of extra people to join. 

Since this will be the first organized class on the cone6pots network, it is critical that it be taken to its conclusion with strong agreement that it was worthwhile. With your committment to participate, to do the reading, giving your feedback to questions and exercises, and helping each other, I can guarantee that we will all learn a lot, and we should each have a much more solid foundation for keeping our books electronically.
If you haven't already, please set up your workspace as a discussion in the group discussion area. Just follow the examples that are already posted. There is preliminary information already posted here in the comments area of the group's main page and in the group's discussion area. 
Unless the majority wants to purchase one of the books, I think we will be well served by working through online tutorials, to learn the basic accounting principles. I will start posting their URLs a couple of days before the 14th of March.

To avoid confusion I am going to close the Accounting 101 discussion over in the Continuing Education Discussion Forum, so no one accidentally posts over there.

All communications regarding this class should be posted here in this group, broadcast as messages to the group, or by one-to-one messaging through the ning message system.

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