Dave Silwones
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Getting serious about selling your work.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Leo Villaroman Jul 9, 2014. 33 Replies

I collect art. That is to say I own more art then I have space to display. I would guess some of you have purchased art as well. I don’t mean the prints or the bird houses, I mean the stuff that…Continue


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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
I own a larger open studio on the Oregon coast.
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commercial studio
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Our new adventure is located in Toledo, Oregon. That's on the coast just in from Newport.

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Distributor, finally!

Posted on July 7, 2012 at 9:08am 0 Comments

We have finalized our distributorship with the major ceramics supplier in our state, Georgie's Ceramics. It's taken nearly a year but they have been great to work with. What it means to us is enough of a discount to re-sale in the three county area. 

Insight-live to the rescue.

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 10:09pm 0 Comments

Our nearest distributor of glaze supplies is almost a four hour round trip over the coastal range and south to the 'big city'. You can understand my dismay when I realized I had forgotten my shopping list just as I stepped into the store. I was on a mission to fill out our ingredient base so we could make many of the glazes we have read about. The shopping list was developed by studying the glaze data base for this group on Insight-live. Luckily I had my ipad with me and was able to log in…



Posted on June 16, 2012 at 4:44pm 0 Comments

Our move into this wonderful building is going very well. The first batch of test glaze from our new mixing room is up on the floor, soon to be in the next kiln load.

Tonight I'm downstairs cleaning kiln shelves.. thinking of everything these 100+ old walls must have seen. I'm not one to believe in ghosts, but you can't help but feel the years here. It is very special.

Need a Teacher

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 11:05pm 3 Comments

 I need someone for the summer/fall in my studio to teach beg/adv wheel and hand building. Includes furnished apartment attached to the studio, clay, firing, ect. Also a share of the tuitions. Art events, sales, solo show. Have a great time while focusing on your art. Did I mention we are on the Oregon coast?

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At 12:51pm on June 16, 2011, George Lewter said…
If you don't have it all figured out with regard to business plan, best practices, etc. I would suggest you contact our member Morty Bachar or Lakeside Pottery.  He can probably give you some excellent advice. 


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