Christmas Sale 2023: 24th – 26th November members information: Bellenden Rd
The Shows are a great opportunity to sell and showcase your work. We strongly encourage you to invite gallery & shop owners as well as family and friends. If we all use our contacts it can benefit everyone! The Christmas Sale will take place simultaneously across our Bellenden Rd and Copeland Park studios.
- The studio will be closed for working in from Friday 24th– Sunday 26th November inclusive, closing at 5pm on Thursday 23rd November.
- No firings to take place between 7am on Friday 24th – 4pm on Sunday 26th November.
- People taking part will receive 85% of their sales whilst The Kiln Rooms will take 15% commission on all sales. The sign-up fee for taking part is £20.
- The Sale wouldn’t go ahead without everyone lending a hand. If you would like to help out over the weekend please let us know, it’s a great way to meet people and keep the studio in good shape. Here’s the link to the online sign up rota. There’ll also be a printed sign up rota in the studio where you can sign up to help out if/when you’re free.
Tuesday 21st – Thursday 23rd November: Bring in work
Thursday 23rd November: Studio closed from 5pm, work can be dropped off until 7pm.
Friday 24th November, 9am-5pm: Cleaning/tidying/show set-up (Studio closed for work). Please don’t drop off work on Friday.
Friday 24th November, 5pm-9pm: ‘Private view’, everyone’s invited.
Saturday 25th November: Open: 11am-5pm
Sunday 26th November: Open: 11am-5pm. Between 4:45pm-6:30pm: take down & collect work.
Space in the studio
- You can fire right up to the sale, however we strongly advise that you have completed any work at least two weeks before.
- By Wednesday 22nd November please ensure that you have cleaned and tidied your personal storage area. We use the sales as an opportunity to deep clean, so any work / materials which are not in your personal storage space could be cleared.
- A considered selection of your work must be brought to the studio no later than 7pm on Thursday 23rd November. Work brought in after this time will have to be displayed in your personal storage area.
- If you are not around during the week prior to the sale, please clearly leave a note on your shelf with any instructions for staff, including what you would like to be in the Sale and what should remain in your storage area.
Please see our guide to pricing below. If you have specific questions you can either email us photos of your work, or speak to a member of staff or other members.
Money & practicalities
- Your name (initial of first name and surname) and the price must be on every piece of work (we provide stickers). Any additional information/contact details/blurbs should be easily accessible on your storage space.
- Taking part: £20 must be paid before 11am on Friday 24th November. To sign up please use this link.
- FiredUp4: Previously we have given members the option of ‘opting-in’ to donate a further 5% of their takings, which we have then matched. This year instead of asking members to contribute any more from their sales, we will instead donate one third of The Kiln Rooms commission to FiredUp4, which works out as 5% of all sales. For those of you who may like to donate a little more you can do so through the FiredUp4 website.
- Payments: if you sell work you will be emailed the week after the sale with details of how to get paid. We’ll ask for your bank details to make a BACs transfer.
- All sales go through the front desk and we ask that people don’t manage their own payments onsite.
- Unfortunately, during open studios there can occasionally be thefts. We ask everyone to be vigilant and always have an extra couple of people on the rota to minimise the likelihood of this happening. We recommend that you keep a record of the work you put into the sale.
- Pricing of work: It’s important that there is consistency throughout the studios. If you are unsure, please speak to a member of staff (and please don’t undersell yourself!) The Kiln Rooms reserves the right to remove any work in the sale if it’s deemed to be undervalued or impacting on the pricing strategy. Please scroll down for more info on pricing.
- On Friday 24th, drinks will be free for all members and staff (those taking part and those not), £1 for those on our classes or ex-members, and £2 for anyone else.
- We supply biodegradable bubble wrap, wrapping paper and paper bags.
- The Kiln Rooms will advertise the Sale through social media, emails to our contact list, press, etc however we ask for members to get involved as much as possible! Please take photos, get creative and make your own promotional materials / content, we’re happy to re-post and share it.
- For more info on the weekend, people can be directed to our website or IG page
- If you would like to be added to the members page on our website please send 1 square photo of your work and a link to your website or social media page which features your ceramic work. https://www.thekilnrooms.com/members-work
The Kiln Rooms are not responsible for any damage caused to work and are not responsible for any work, belongings or money going missing or getting stolen.
Here are a few examples to help:
£10-£20: Small gifting items (badges, Xmas decorations)
£20-£30: Beakers, small cups, side plates
£30-£40: Mugs, dinner plates, cereal bowls
£30-£60: Small jugs, pasta bowls, cheese plates, lidded jars.
£60-£100: Water jugs, vases, serving plates, smaller decorative items.
£80-£300: Decorative homewares including large vases, bowls and plates
Things you need to know: Current market / competition / demand – Is it functional / decorative / art?
Rough guide to minimum pricing:
This is a simplified pricing guide but the market will dictate the value of functional or semi-functional works. If after following the below example you cannot compete at the market value you must re-address your production method.
Materials cost: Over estimate if you’re unsure and include materials carriage cost
- Clay – (e.g 1kg of clay in a 12.5kg bag @ £12.50 per bag = £1 per pot)
- Glaze – (e.g 10kg of glaze costs £40 and would glaze 40 pots so one pot costs £1 to glaze).
- Firing – (e.g one firing costs £40, kiln takes 40 pieces = £1 per piece)
Add together and multiply by 3. This accounts for time spent ordering materials, making up glazes and processing clay.
Total materials cost: £3 x 3 = £9
Studio rent: Include any general electricity/gas/service charge etc (e.g £300 per month times by 12months = £3,600 per year divided by 52 weeks in a year = £70 per week)
If you do 40 hours a week that’s £1.75 per hour.
Wage: £20 per hour is standard.
Add this to your studio rent per hour = £21.75 per hour of work.
Example of this one piece:
£1 clay, £1 glaze, £1 firing x 3 = £9
Hours of work (Wage & studio rent)
2 hours work @ £21.75 per hour = £43.50
Total: £9 + £43.50 = £52.50
That means £52.50 wholesale (round to a whole pound or fiver) Retail = £105
This is a very basic example! Not to be taken literally. Plenty of variables including; how experienced you are, how quickly you work, is it functional / decorative, what the competition / demand is, price of creativity etc
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