When I first started talking about selling my pottery as a business some people warned me about custom orders. Most suggested I donâ€™t do it.
However, Iâ€™ve learned that itâ€™s often best for me to follow my instincts. I felt optimistic and positive about taking a custom order so when the request came up I said, â€œYes!â€ Really though, custom pieces werenâ€™t that scary of a concept to me, I figured that if didnâ€™t work out, Iâ€™d just stop doing it. I took my first custom order right after the Vancouver One Of A Kind Show and so far Iâ€™ve been having a great time.
What has helped keep my experience on a positive note is that I sort out the details right from the first conversation, the Big Ones first:
â€¢ The glaze colours you see on my pottery are the glazes I use. I may or may not be able to veer too far away from this palette.
â€¢ I can usually have something made from beginning to end in 4 weeks, give or take, depending on the design, glazing and number of pieces.
â€¢ I promise to amaze you with my talent.
Custom orders have made me push my boundaries and theyâ€™ve opened my mind to new designs. Itâ€™s been exciting not just for me but also for the clients. We work together and they get to be part of the design process. Itâ€™s fun seeing an idea come to life for both of us.
One of my very first customers asked me if I could make plates. I was truthful, I hadnâ€™t made any before but I would do my best. I got to work and I love how they are turning out, so much so that I have it on my list to make a set for myself. Best of all, he likes them too!
Iâ€™ve recently been working on a completely new design that Iâ€™m really happy with. It came about from someone asking me to do something â€œmoreâ€ with a glaze. I was like, â€œUmmâ€¦ ok.â€ I got an idea, ran with it and I canâ€™t wait for my next firing. Iâ€™ll post pictures here first!
I have a whole new line of pots forming in part because I decided to say, â€œYes!â€ to custom orders. My design skills, my pottery skills, my business â€“ myself – are evolving, and itâ€™s exhilarating.
Have you been thinking you might like some custom Mena Dragonfly pottery? Iâ€™d love to hear all about it.