Most artists I know struggle with the monetary part of their business. How much to charge is a question frequently explored in many artistic discussion groups I follow. There are formulas based on materials used and time spent making, but this often does not account for the overall creative thought process which leads to a piece of finished art, years of honing an artistic skill, and the time-consuming business side of marketing and selling a product. Additionally, all the hours and talent that actually go in to making art may not coincide with the price a person is willing to pay for an item. Artists are always appreciative when a sale is made. It affirms the creative process and financially supports the artist.
I have priced my clay art to reflect the time and effort each piece takes to be made. I also have taken into account my own creative skill at thinking up an idea and then turning that into a useful product. I make things I like to use with the notion that my friends and customers will as well. I believe my prices are reasonable and reflect the value I place on each creation I make in my studio. Many of my pieces are embellished with a mixed-media approach like collected buttons and beads or are accompanied by a favorite recipe from my kitchen. These extra touches are another way I add value to my clay art.
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