Friday, March 28, 2014

With show season upon us......

MaryAnn Carroll
This post is a rerun. This time of the year is really busy for me at school and trying to get ready for some upcoming shows that I do with Bill (the organizer of them), so I didn't have time to get creative with my blog post. Therefore, I thought, "there's nothing like a rerun."

And here it is. This was written by me three years ago.

Note: Today, my picture taking might have been a little better, but that will lead into future posts regarding practice, practice, practice to perfect your art!


From March 13, 2011

For any of us who make beads and/or jewelry, I would guess that this is a reaction that you have probably heard, whether mumbled to their friend or made directly to you at some time.

Well.... I say...

"You get what you pay for!"

After my most recent glaze firing, I was once again faced with the dilemma of pricing.  I try to be fair, but also, I put a lot of time into my work to make a high quality product, so I'm not going to give them away.  What I do is this... I base my prices on the amount of time that I put into each bead.  Beads that are basic rounds with one glaze take the least amount of time so they are the least expensive.  If a round bead, however, is large, then it takes up more room in the kiln which means fewer beads in that firing (beads cannot touch each other during a glaze firing).  In that case, that bead would be priced higher do to that fact.


Then, we have the beads above which were created from porcelain clay at the same time.  They are basically the same size (I don't measure while making beads) and both glazed.  The beads on the right cost more than the beads on the left.  Although you might think that the beads on the left look like they have two glazes, they don't.  They have one glaze that "breaks" on the edge of a ceramic piece.  This simply means that while the glaze is melting in the kiln, certain areas will puddle in greater amounts and edges, bumps, etc. will not.  Both very cool.....  but the time invested was different.


And then we have these expensive little babies that you see above.  Well....I LOVE the look (picture doesn't do them justice, but the time invested far exceeds that of some of my other beads.... 


And they all came out of this little kiln shown above.  This is a doll kiln, which is perfect for the amount that I am able to create at one time.


I also own these ceramic beads above.  I believe that they are manufactured in China.  While there is nothing wrong with them and some do have some of the same effects as my handmade, they were most likely produced in a factory, which is why the price is considerably lower than handmade ceramic beads.


Those, most likely, came from a kiln such as the one above.

So.... I hope that you learned a little more about why those of us who create handmade might need to charge more......

Like they sometimes say, "Wow!!  That is expensive!!"

I say.......

"Yup! You get what you pay for."

To see a funny little video about pricing at shows, click HERE for one of Patty's posts.

3 comments:

Jane Galbraith said...

Oh my goodness I'm not the only one
I'm not alone, I think I'm ready to post my first blog now, well in a little while after I've adjusted it now I know I can show the real me, therefore I will now be able to write free and find me again, the one that was once called bright-eyes..... they will be again now I hope.
THANK YOU so so much I understand now

Renetha said...

I would go with triple the price of the store bought beads. I don't mind paying more for the handmade beads at all. I don't make beads myself, but I do appreciate the creative process involved in making them.

sasha + max studio said...

You can't put the hand craft into those Chinese beads, I love the unique textures that your handmade beads have, well worth the cost to have unique work.

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