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Re: How good is good enough?
Reply #15 - Aug 3rd, 2016 at 10:55am
 
A couple of weeks ago my wife and I enjoyed a weekend at the coast in central California.  She likes going through the shops.  I tag along usually bored out of my mind.  In a few shops they have turnings for sale and I always check them out.  The form and finish is always what catches the eye.  In three different shops I picked up bowls and HF's.  The finish was not pleasing.  I think the turner used a rattle can with a lot of dust suspended in his shop so it felt abrasive.  Shaking my head the shop clerk saw me and asked what was wrong.  I told him the quality of the 6" diameter bowl did not warrant the $80 he was charging.  He replied, I'll have to work on that.  OOps!  Then we talked about what I felt about improvements he should make.  He stated he sells a lot of them just like he had on display.   I felt it was junior high school shop quality. But I didn't tell him that.  If you want to sell something and charge top dollar them make it top quality.  When I put my name on something I feel you wont find better quality.
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Re: How good is good enough?
Reply #16 - Aug 4th, 2016 at 7:29pm
 
An ugly piece with a great finish will probably sell.  It will be difficult to sell anything with a bad finish.  If you spend 5 times as much time in sanding and finish than you spend turning ... You will have great sales.
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Re: How good is good enough?
Reply #17 - Aug 5th, 2016 at 5:53am
 
"If you spend 5 times as much time in sanding and finish than you spend turning ... " Ah, there's the rub. ( pun)  The turning is just the creation of the form. The finish is the presentation of the piece.
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Reply #18 - Aug 5th, 2016 at 7:33am
 
Two thoughts on this. One is good enough that the public will buy it and the other is good enough for you as the artist.  For me I have never made anything that I have been totally and completely satisfied with.
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Reply #19 - Aug 5th, 2016 at 8:03am
 
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My opinion is if I want to sell for a higher price I I have to have a higher quality product.
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Re: How good is good enough?
Reply #20 - Aug 6th, 2016 at 5:47pm
 
I would simply say that 'good enough' comes from the wallet of the buyer...if it sold it's good enough.  At my first and only show to date I took a wide selection of bowls, plates, and a few vases.  As I was packing my car, my wife scoffed at me taking a rather under-whelming sycamore piece that simply didn't come out as planned but for some reason I couldn't bring myself to thrown into the fire.  So I set-up my tables with most of my pieces priced in the $25- $75 range but only a $10 price on the sycamore piece.  And yes, part of the idea with the low price was to increase the odds of it selling just so I could gloat to the wife.  Low and behold, it was the third piece I sold that day to a pleasant little old lady who thought she'd found the crown jewels and said it would be perfect for her country kitchen.

I do suggest you see what others are selling for and have an understanding of who is likely to attend the show you wish to sell at.  It's tough selling a Rolls Royce in a Chevrolet crowd.
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Re: How good is good enough?
Reply #21 - Dec 29th, 2016 at 12:44pm
 
Andrew

After thinking about this about my work for a while I feel that

If I have done my absolute best at that time that is good.  Over the years I have improved and I would no longer sell that.
Plus you are always going to learn now techniques and how to turn different things but in the end it all it is still if you did your best.
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