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How to turn your pottery knowledge into a business

Started this discussion. Last reply by Benjamin Coffman Feb 3, 2012. 1 Reply

Lakeside Pottery is a ceramic art teaching facility in Stamford, CT with over 4,500 enrolments in the past 7 1/2 years. We have experianced that in addition to pottery and sculpting abilities and…Continue

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Patty and I manage, teach and do our own work at our pottery facility, Lakeside Pottery, ceramic school and studio in Stamford CT, where the local building code does not permit a gas kiln. We therefore spent years developing or finding glazes that have a "gas firing" effects. We trained thousands of people in our studio and freely share all of our knowledge of pottery techniques, teaching methodology and glazes with all who are interested.
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How to turn your "clay" abilities into a business

Posted on December 16, 2009 at 7:00am 2 Comments

Lakeside Pottery is a ceramic art teaching facility in Stamford, CT with over 4,500 enrolments in the past 7 1/2 years. In addition to pottery and sculpting abilities and successful teaching techniques, marketing is by far the most important aspect of having a constant flow of people that are interested in learning "clay" and using your pottery/ceramic facility. Unfortunately, I've see a lot of very talented people that invested all of their savings but without the understanding that most… Continue

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At 2:02pm on December 16, 2009, George Lewter said…
Morty, You dived into the cone6pots network with unprecedented zeal. Welcome!
My sense is there is a large underserved population of electric potters, and that we may be on the brink of filling that need. My most difficult task over the last year and a half has been getting members to contribute substantive content, but that has been improving over the last month or so, and your contributions appear to up the ante in a big way. So thanks and I hope this can be a significant venue in support of your efforts.


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