#245 - Pricing your work pt 2 & presenting at NCECA with Heidi Fahrenbacher from Bella Joy Pottery
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by Ryan Durbin & Becca Otis
2w ago
Ryan & Becca welcome back Heidi Fahrenbacher from Bella Joy Pottery for third time to chat all things NCECA and catch up on Becca's pricing. They recap how NCECA went for them as demonstrators & presenters, what makes the conference so overwhelming, dig into Becca's pricing and sales since we last met with Heidi, and hunting apparently. Stay tuned for the next appearance when we dig more into Ryan's pricing and sales with Heidi. Enjoy everyone! -----Find more about Heidi's business below----- Instagram - @bellajoypottery Website - https://www.bellajoypottery.com Facebook - https://www ..read more
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#244 - Road trip home from NCECA!
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by Ryan Durbin & Becca Otis
2w ago
Ryan & Becca are heading home to Cincinnati with Erica & Jessica from Richmond, Virginia after attending NCECA 2024. Enjoy the events that made this week special and some of our key takeaways as we get home, rest up, and get back into our studios soon. We hope to see everyone in Salt Lake City, Utah for 2025 and Detroit, Michigan for 2026! Follow Erica at @erica_irene_k and Jessica at @overbrookclay on Instagram to see what they are up to. Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheelta ..read more
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#243 - Getting better at in-person shows
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by Ryan Durbin & Becca Otis
1M ago
Ryan & Becca are getting excited about NCECA, which just concluded at the time of this release, before answering a listener's question about gauging the shows they're selling at. Sandrine's in her second year of selling and wants to make sure the shows she's looking into are good fit for the potential customers out there for her. We get into how you should think about the shows you choose, improving little by little by comparing to yourself only, and planning for selling outside your home state regarding taxes. Thanks for listening and best of luck for everyone preparing for the show seaso ..read more
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#242 - How we started & where we're going
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by Ryan Durbin & Becca Otis
1M ago
Ryan & Becca share some stories today about how the podcast started and how it's changed over the years. We also get into how we see it progressing into the future and some dream scenarios we may see come to fruition at some point. Thanks for continuing to listen! Listener QuestionsOn this episode: - How did the podcast start? How did we manage it early on & plan for discussions? Where are we now with it and how do we feel about it? Did we have plans long term for it & what opportunities do we see for it in the future? @sipor.ceramics Send us questions so we can answer anything you ..read more
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#241 - Setting boundaries on social media with Melanie Westheiden from Swell Ceramics
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by Ryan Durbin & Becca Otis
1M ago
Ryan & Becca are joined today by Melanie Westheiden from Swell Ceramics. Melanie shares about her business’ evolution from a home studio to brick and mortar, preparing for the holiday season, setting boundaries on Instagram, & shifting her body of work. Thanks so much to Melanie for taking the time to share with all of us. -----Find more about Melanie’s business below----- Instagram - @swellceramics Website - https://www.swellceramics.com/ Listener QuestionsOn this episode: - Do y’all have any insight on making passive income (stickers/merch) for your pottery business? Is it wort ..read more
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#240 - Mobile studios
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by Ryan Durbin & Becca Otis
1M ago
Ryan & Becca are back together once again and this week we're talking mobile studios! We received a question about the viability of using a mobile studio in a trailer, van, etc to assist in teaching small kid classes and selling at shows from it. Becca's insights may surprise you on this one. Thanks for the question Lilly! Listener QuestionsOn this episode: - I have been trying to get a little more consistency in my drying. Currently I have a rack that is taped up with plastic but occasionally still have some cracking issues that are due to parts drying faster than others. My question is w ..read more
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#239 - Custom wholesale & clay buttons with Sara Davis from Golden Earth Designs
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by Ryan Durbin & Becca Otis
2M ago
Ryan & Becca are joined today by Sara Davis from Golden Earth Designs. Sara shares about her process of making custom wholesale mugs, selling full time the past year, getting back to production after the holidays, and clay buttons! Thanks so much to Sara for sharing some time to chat about her work and business. -----Find more about Sara's business below----- Instagram - @goldenearthdesigns Etsy - https://goldenearthdesigns.etsy.com/ Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast ..read more
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#238 - A path to full time ceramic artist with Em (Paz) Stevens (Pt 2)
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by Ryan Durbin & Becca Otis
2M ago
Ryan & Becca Welcome Em (Paz) Stevens to the show to discuss balancing a full time job in the service industry and part time pottery. We get into how her business did in 2023, how she's building out her home studio, funding the build through Kickstarter, setting realistic business goals, and digging into Etsy shop advice. Thanks again to Em for sharing her time with us. -----Find more about Em's business below----- Instagram - @pazfuldesigns Website - https://www.pazfuldesigns.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pazfuldesigns Etsy - https://pazfuldesignsstudio.etsy.com/ Listener Que ..read more
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#237 - A path to full time ceramic artist with Em (Paz) Stevens (Pt 1)
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by Ryan Durbin & Becca Otis
2M ago
Ryan & Becca Welcome Em (Paz) Stevens to the show to discuss balancing a full time job in the service industry and part time pottery. Em has a number of questions for us, especially related to how Ryan was able to sell $95k worth of work in a year that averages $35 while selling "part time." We cover a number of topics on this first installment of this chat with Em and we're grateful for her sharing some time with us. -----Find more about Em's business below----- Instagram - @pazfuldesigns Website - https://www.pazfuldesigns.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pazfuldesigns Listener ..read more
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#236 - Clay Con West recap
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by Ryan Durbin & Becca Otis
2M ago
Ryan & Becca are back to chatting just the two of them on today's episode. Most of the discussion involves updating everyone about their busy lives the past few weeks before getting into their time at Clay Con West this January. It was another great year spent with new and old friends and we hope to see you at NCECA 2024 in Richmond, Virginia or next year for Clay Con West 2025 in Saint George, Utah. Join Ryan's upcoming workshop:Bookkeeping Workshop with Ryan - Feb 10 Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those ..read more
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