Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Studio Sage: Vol. 1

DISCLAIMER: This post consists entirely of words. There are no pictures. It may, in fact, be quite boring. If this does not sound like your cup of tea, farewell gentle reader. I hope you come again when you may.

It has been far too long since I have posted anything on here. Part of the reason has to do with my new son. My current schedule is: pick up my son after work, take care of him until my wife gets home, eat supper and catch up on computer stuff, try to take care of any cleaning that needs to get done, etc. then go to bed so I can get up at 5:15 am and start it all again. All that leaves very little time to get into the studio.

What is more than all this, though, I have been rather depressed lately. Depressed about not being able to work like I want to; about the prospect of never being able to turn pottery into a business, about having to work some menial, shit job that I hate for the rest of my life. And really, that is what I was facing; doing something I barely tolerate for the rest of my life just to pay the bills.

I have been bothering my wife for a number of years about not working in a school (or wherever) and starting a full time pottery business. Her response was always the same. Once you can make as much selling pottery as you do working now, then you can do it full time. I could never seem to convince her that I would not be able to make what she was expecting while working another job, at least not a full time job. As it would be rather difficult to start a business without her consent I was stuck.

Now here comes the good part.
I am not entirely sure what brought it on, but my wife finally agreed to starting a full time pottery studio. I think she finally realized that since raising a child is not going to be getting any cheaper, if we didn't jump in now it was probably never going to happen. Granted it would have been nice if she had let me do this four years ago when I first mentioned it, when we didn't have a child to worry about...but I'll take what I can get.
Enough of this talking. I will keep you all posted on how this whole adventure goes.



  1. So cool. Give your wife a big kiss and get to work! Lol a great adventure indeed!

  2. good luck to you and your pottery business.

  3. Good luck to you

    I'm preparing to start my own full time studio too, though I am going to have to do a lot of teaching to be able to keep the place open to start off with

  4. good luck and be grateful for your understanding wife.

  5. Best of luck! I took a look at your website and you have some nice work.

  6. Rob,
    I very easily could have written the first 4 paragraphs myself (in fact I have several times, just not in a public forum). My biggest suggestion would be to pare down your monthly expenses and increase your self sufficiency as much as possible between now and the end of the year. If you can reduce your required financial outflow now, then the transition to a variable income stream will be less turbulent. I'm wicked jealous and wish you much success.

    On a completely unrelated note, could you please bring a gallon jug of whatever Alicia has been drinking recently to Mom and Dad's this weekend as I would be interested in slipping it into Renee's diet Coke.

  7. Thanks for the well wishes. I am sure I will need much more of that as we try to put this thing together.

    Joseph - Teaching is actually going to be a pretty big component of our studio. As nice as it would be to run it just on making work, I think most of the income will be from teaching classes, workshops, etc.

    Brian - Thanks. All that work is really old though. Rebuilding the website is on the list of things to do before we open the studio.

    Mike - She just agreed to a studio, and now you want me to sell her on self-sufficiency too?! I only have so much social capital to work with here. As far as what she has been drinking; whatever it takes to feed a baby. Maybe you guys should have another kid.