Today ends the first half of 2017,
time to take inventory and pay the sales tax to the State of Ohio.
I am unsure whether everyone realized that sales tax is included in the price of everything they buy. Compared to the same time last year, we did almost the same amount of business. However, it was down quite a bit from two years ago. Time to rethink our marketing plan.
What did we accomplish?
- We participated in the Ceramic Competition at the Midwest Ceramic Show in April. We had 24 entries with ribbons on everything at some level. Three of us came home with trophies as well: Judy in ADA, Bianca in Preschool, and Carol (me) in Professional. In fact, I won the highest award they give out, the Peggy Award, for my teapot.
- Jim and Carol both took Duncan Certification Classes, Carol at the show, and both at a workshop in Ravenna. This enables us to learn new techniques to teach our students.
- Jim and Carol both received CDT (Certified Duncan Teacher) certificates for the training we did way back in 1974. Now we can join IADCCT (the International Association of Duncan Certified Ceramic Teachers).
- We started Clay Club where Jim is teaching a series of classes using clay and clay puzzling molds. These classes will continue throughout the summer.
- We introduced Christmas in July to enable students to get an early start on their trees and gifts.
- We purchased four ten-drawer craft racks for ornaments and are in the process of filling them with ready-to-paint items.
- We organized the paint racks and added many new crystal glazes and semi-translucent glazes to our inventory.
- We also organized the discontinued glazes and obtained a color chart that shows most of them.
- We added Fashenhues metallic and iridescent colors to our inventory and took classes on how to use them.
- We purchased a small portable kiln (110) which will allow us to do small firings and also take the kiln with us if needed. This is good for decals and overglaze where we don’t have a full load to make firing a large kiln cost effective.
- We have most of our outdoor yard decorations finished and on display in our front gardens, including fairy houses and woodland critters.
- We purchased several new molds, some upon request. We also purchased quite a few clay puzzling molds, designer mats, and tools for the Clay Club.
- We have three full-height shelves for displaying finished pieces. Of course, we still need more and building them is on Jim’s to-do list.
- We are making progress on the bathroom. When finished, we will have a beautiful, new, wheelchair accessible bathroom on the same floor as the classroom. The decorating theme is carousels so you will find wall plaques, a lamp, and other carousel items on display.
Where having Fun is why we come!
Some weeks things are slow, and some days no one shows up at all.
But that’s okay, Life happens and ceramics is not the only thing people do.
However, it is a break for you, a time to get away from the stress of
work or chores or kids and have some “me time”.
So plan oncoming and make it a habit. It’s good for you.
Whether you have a gift list, or want something special for your yard or your kitchen, we have a little something for everyone. That is what Open Classes are for.
However, if you want to learn a new technique (Fashenhues, silk-screening,
and more to come) that is what the Workshops are for.
Also, we entertain groups, wedding showers, baby showers,
and birthday parties. We can come to you or you can come to us.
Days, times, and pricing is flexible.
Hope to see you soon. Get your trees ordered & Bring a friend.