Wheel Talk

Ryan Durbin & Becca Otis

Ryan Durbin (@rdceramics) & Becca Otis (@5linespottery) share their experiences as potters, makers, small business owners, and creatives. Becca is a full time production potter & makes her own work as well, while Ryan is a full time website developer and part time potter. We'd love to share our ups and downs along the way as we build our skills as makers and small business owners in an honest, informal manner. We hope to bring you helpful tips we've learned over the years, learn from each other, and share expertise from a number of guests with you also. Please join us for some Wheel Talk!

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Ryan & Becca have a good conversation with Trevor Daugherty, a nearby ceramic artist working out of his home studio in Goshen, Indiana. Trevor shares some great experiences participating in the Michiana Pottery Tour, atmospheric firing process, transitioning to becoming a full time potter, why Mystery Boxes are the best, different ways to sell his work, and how he markets his work to customers. Thanks to Trevor for joining us today to chat at length about his process & enhance our love for atmospheric firing! -----Find more about Trevor's business below-----Instagram - @trevorclayworks Shop - TrevorClayworks.etsy.comWebsite - https://www.trevorclayworks.com/Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/trevorclayworks/Resources:Michiana Pottery TourSoda, Clay and Fire, a book by Gail NicholsLow-Fire Soda, a book by Justin RothshankListener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Nov 27

1 hr 52 min

Ryan & Becca recap Becca's experience at her latest holiday show in Indianapolis. It was her first show in quite some time and wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but has some good insights about it all. There are some great customer stories, long days, and no shortage of funny moments. We're so happy to share it all with you.Becca's FANCY 'cupdate' starts at  12pm EST on Sat, Nov 20th! https://www.5linespottery.com/Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- Listened to ep. 107 yesterday and my mind was blown when Becca said she would wait until 2 weeks before a deadline to start a piece. Could you break down how to get a finished piece in 2 weeks? Specifically something with an attachment and how to dry it quickly while avoiding cracks. @esquared.potterySend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Nov 20

1 hr 53 min

Ryan & Becca answer some listener questions regarding vitrification, cold weather impact on your studio materials, & a number of them related to loading your kiln. They go into lots of specifics about their own kiln loading and firings. Stick around long enough to hear a good bickering session about kiln logging.Resourceshttps://digitalfire.com/glossary/vitrificationListener QuestionsOn this episode:- My community studio uses standard 181 stoneware which is labeled as a cone 6-10 firing body. Our kilns glaze fire to cone 6. Through researching this topic on my own, I’ve come across some potters who say that clay isn’t vitrified (and not food safe) until it’s fired to its maximum temperature. If that's true, it seems weird that commercial clay manufacturers don’t make that distinction in the descriptions of the clay’s characteristics though. I’ve found a lot of mixed and confusing information about this subject online, so I wanted to get your take on it! @willowandvessel- Right now all my glazing stuff is in our garage that’s not insulated. I'm holding out as long as I can, but I was curious what would happen if my glaze froze? After it thawed do you think there would be any issues or changes to it? I’m also wondering if temperature affects absorption at all? @goodwheelceramics- Some questions for bisque firing from @andreiamonizzzCan the pots touch each other on the sides?Can we put pots inside each other?Will they warp if I stack them or the lip has something on top?Is air circulation important?Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Nov 13

1 hr 22 min

Ryan & Becca are joined today by a great friend in clay, Amy Brummond from Pine Zen Pottery. Amy shares lots of stories about her handbuilding process, body longevity in the studio, refining her business skills over time, building her Instagram, and learning the clay process on your own. Head over to her account if you haven't seen her work yet. We had such a good time with Amy and hope you enjoy it as well! -----Find more about Amy's business below-----Instagram - @pinezenpotteryWebsite - https://www.pinezenpottery.com/Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pinezenpotteryThe Potters Cast - Episode 585: A Maker's Marketing Ideas | Amy BrummondListener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Nov 6

1 hr 55 min

We have a special episode today from Becca's time at the Indiana Clay Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Becca was joined by Rebecca Graves Prowse (Gravesco Pottery) and Josh Heim (JH Pottery Works) on a panel discussion titled "Successful Art Business Practices in Indiana," moderated by Justin Rothshank. Enjoy this candid discussion among a few of our best friends in clay.Makers featured in the episode:Indiana Clay Conference: @indianaclayconferenceRebecca Graves Prowse: @gravesco Josh Heim: @jhpotteryworks Justin Rothshank: @jrothshank Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Oct 30

1 hr 4 min

Ryan & Becca dig into how they get a grasp on who their customers are and why they enjoy their work. Thee are so many potential customers out there for all of us and narrowing in on who your product is made for & who you most resonate with can help you so much in the long run. So much of your small business revolves around gaining new customers, maintaining your existing ones, and even firing those who may not fit well with you. We hope you enjoy today's discussion.Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- Can a mug bottom or vessel bottom be too thin? Some of my bottoms are very thin because I don’t trim, I just smooth the bottom edge with my thumb but is this safe for use? Should I be doing a boiling water test or something? @emilyrussceramicsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Oct 23

1 hr 47 min

Ryan & Becca sit down with a new friend in clay, Chris Burch. This lengthy discussion covers many topics from fulfilling a 500 piece order in 9 weeks, pursuing clay full time, balancing family and small business duties, pricing your work appropriately, teaching on the wheel, understanding how you find happiness in the work you do, and much more. Thanks so much to Chris for being very gracious with his time and sharing insights that will resonate with many of you out there. We hope you enjoy and please show him some love if you enjoyed our discussion.-----Find more about Chris' business below-----Instagram - @potterybychrisburchShop - https://www.etsy.com/shop/PotterybyChrisBurch Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/PotterybyChrisBurch/Website - https://potterybychrisburch.com/The Potters Cast - Episode 656: Clay Saved Me | Chris BurchListener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Oct 16

2 hr 42 min

Ryan & Becca bring you a special episode discussing all things #potswap2021. Follow along with all Pot Swap happenings on Instagram @potswapofficial. Registration is free and open to the first 600 entries this year starting on Sunday, October 17th at 12pm EDT. First come, first serve on sign-ups so set a reminder (we have a reminder shared in our Instagram stories)! Spots WILL fill up very fast so don't wait!We're joined by a great group of clay friends to help with all of the tasks involved to make Pots Swap a success year after year. We've received some great survey feedback from the last 3 years we've hosted it and have been making efforts to improve more each year. Thanks for the continued support!Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- I’m wondering what y’all think about consistent sizes for certain pots? Should I stick with 1 or 2 sizes for bowls, mugs, etc or is it okay to make small batches where there may be 30 of something and maybe I’ll never make those again or maybe I will. I wonder if Becca has insight into this from Gravesco. How do they think about what size and shape the cocktail cup is and would the shape change all of a sudden in the next batch? @goodwheelceramicsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Thanks for joining us and we would love to hear your feedback on future topics to discuss and help us improve!Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Oct 9

1 hr 23 min

Ryan & Becca jump into the deep on tracking their business income and expenses. Becca is pretty invested in Quickbooks for her business. Ryan tracks everything using Google Sheets/Forms. If you ever wanted to know how Ryan stays so organized and on top of his business books, you're in the right spot! Enjoy and check out our Instagram for visuals if you're looking to follow along as Ryan explains it all.Resourceshttps://quickbooks.intuit.com/https://www.hurdlr.com/What would you do if...your “clay towel” or apron gets covered in dry clay from cleanup and you want it clean again?Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Oct 2

1 hr 24 min

Ryan & Becca have a different one for you today as they talk through a new line of work Becca is starting. Sometimes it's nice to chat with a friend about something new you are planning and need a second perspective. We cover sales goals, pricing, branding, making efficiency, various forms, and timelines. We hope you enjoy this informal conversation between a couple of friends who love to break down business and process.Resources:https://clayconwest.com/What would you do if...you’re having no luck throwing anything well to start your throwing session? All flops!Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Sep 25

1 hr 23 min

Ryan & Becca are back for yet another question and answer episode covering topics in clay, small business, personal, and plenty of others. These continue to be fun for us to record and we hope you enjoy them also. Thanks to everyone who continue to send their questions via Instagram and email!Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Sep 18

1 hr 58 min

Ryan and Becca start off with some breaking news before discussing expenses for your business today. What should and shouldn't be considered a business expense and considerations as you think about your past purchases. There are different approaches Ryan & Becca take here and hopefully it helps to hear some varying perspectives on the topic. When in doubt, always consult your bookkeeper or tax prep expert who knows a few things about small business expenses & what can be written off appropriately for your business.Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- What is your throwing set up.  I use one big bucket but after throwing around 30 pieces it gets pretty slippy.  I have seen people use two containers- I think one for clean water and the other to wipe their slippy hands? Just thinking that as a self taught potter it's not something anyone has talked about- like how/what are you supposed to do? I don't use a lot of water (in that my wheel isn't full of water when I am done), but I do end up with a lot of clay from throwing- hard to explain but you can see what I mean on some of the videos I have of me throwing.  I dunno just wondering how folks throw and if I'm missing a trick. @lindygarnerceramics Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Sep 11

1 hr 57 min

Ryan and Becca answer some more listener questions about art shows. This week we cover how much work you should take to a show to have ample inventory, what items sell well besides mugs, & a final inquiry about how you deal with other vendors who wants to trade work. We hope you enjoy another short episode and it helps those of you selling at shows these days.Resources:#86 - Art show Q&A (pt 1)#87 - Art show Q&A (pt 2)Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- I have a question about shows. I sell primarily online driving traffic to my Etsy but I'd like to some shows this year too. Any advice on how to find shows in your area and how to apply? I know of some shows locally but have a hard time finding a point of contact to apply. Some have terribly outdated websites with no information on how to become a vendor. Any advice on finding and applying to non-juried shows would be great. @mudgrovepottery- You have done several shown on setting up and what to take to an Art Show.  What about how much stuff you take.  IE Bowls, bottles, cups etc. @curlytailstudio- How many pieces do you bring to a vendor show? @batsceramics- What’s the best-selling piece that you should offer at markets besides mugs? I’ve recently made ramen bowls (tall and deep bowls with slots for the chop sticks) that have sold almost instantly at the last couple of markets. Do you guys have pieces that instantly sell? @jessleepottery- How do you deal with other vendors at shows/markets who want to trade merch? Esp when you don’t want what they’re peddling😅? @lostcityceramics Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Sep 8

35 min 47 sec

Ryan and Becca get into the finance side of selling mugs of different styles: 'basic' production mugs and 'fancy' detailed mugs. We breakdown the time to produce, opportunity to experiment, how to manage your inventory effectively, and what other variables should be considered as you grow your customer base. We are pretty used to producing 'basic' work in high quantity over 'fancy' work in low quantity, but we get a little help from some friends as we chat. Enjoy and let us know how you prefer to structure your making cycles for enjoyment & good for your business also.Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- Do you think it’s more profitable to be a production potter and have a sale of 40-80 mugs at one time for a smaller price or a potter who puts a lot of intricate details on pieces and only sells 10 or 15 mugs at a time for a higher price? -@jessleepottery Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Sep 4

41 min 26 sec

Ryan & Becca chat with their good friend Isaac Shue, a former high school teacher to full time ceramic artist. Isaac runs Gallery Mostaza, a curated selection of their handmade pottery and other local makers, with his wife Karina in Harper, Kansas. They cover many topics on today's episode including: transitioning from teaching to making pots full time, renovating a new gallery space, finding products that work for different platforms, evolving your own style, working with decals, social media upkeep, and more gems that you'll be sure to enjoy. Thanks for joining us Isaac!-----Find more about Isaac's business below-----Isaac ShueInstagram - @isaacshueisartFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/isceramicsGallery MostazaWebsite - https://www.gallerymostaza.com/Instagram - @gallery.mostazaFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/gallerymostazaListener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Aug 28

2 hr 19 min

Ryan & Becca decide to rehash the topics discussed on the 2 year anniversary of releasing their first episode. Topics include motivation to get in the studio, list making, how/when we prefer to work in the studio, and how we set goals for ourselves. Let’s see what’s changed in the past 2 years.ReferencesKiln wash recipehttps://suemcleodceramics.com/how-to-make-a-good-kiln-wash-to-protect-your-kiln-shelves/Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- Some of my fellow potters fire at a ^10 in electric kiln and my mind was blown!  What damage are they causing to their kilns?? I know it’s possible but at what cost?- How to clean kiln shelves of crumbling (applied too thick) kiln wash? Heavy grit sand paper?Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Aug 21

2 hr 4 min

Ryan & Becca look back as they hit the 2 year anniversary of hosting Wheel Talk. A lot of things have progressed since we first started, we've covered so many topics over the past 100+ episodes, and have spent time interviewing some great peers inside & outside of clay.Thank you all so much for listening & letting us join you in your studios on a weekly basis. We are very grateful for all of the shout outs, questions you send us, comments, reviews, and so much more from everyone who is part of our community. We hope you all have gotten as much out of this as we have and you choose to stick around for the next 2 years & beyond!Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- How do you guys feel about having unglazed clay for parts of pottery that come in contact with food? If the clay is vitrified is that ok? I see some people with unglazed sections on food surfaces and think, surely that’s not really food safe, not to mention how unpleasant it would be to run a utensil across that surface.Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Aug 14

1 hr 43 min

Ryan & Becca start by sharing how the Backyard Craft Show went for both of them at Ryan's parent's home in Louisville, KY. They then go into specifics about each of their 3 favorite cups: likes, dislikes, & the story behind how they got them. It's fun for us to share our favorite pieces with you and would love to see your favorite cups and tag us on Instagram. Follow us on Patreon to see the video version of this episode as we talk through the cups in detail, or find photos of them on our Instagram account @wheeltalkpodcast.Becca's favorite cups:Andrew Linderman from Linderman Pottery - @lindermanpottery Amy Brummond from Pine Zen Pottery - @pinezenpottery Victoria Truhn from Tried & Truhn - @triedandtruhn Ryan's favorite cups:Amelia Stamps from Amelia Stamps Pottery - @ameliastampspottery Tara Underwood from Tara Underwood Pottery - @tara.underwoodDavid Pinto from Jamaica Clay - @pintopottery Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- What’s the biggest mistake you have made that ended up being your best success by accident?Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Aug 7

1 hr 34 min

Ryan & Becca recap their weekend after returning from the Berea Craft Festival and answer a listener question. A listener has a good question about how they should go about raising their prices. Pricing is always a tough task but having confidence in whatever you decide is the best advice we could give you. Good luck out there!Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- I need to up my prices due to the price of clay, shipping (I'm in Canada), buying quality tools to make the process easier, etc but I have a hard time trying to figure out how/when. Should I give advance warning? If so, how much? How high is too high? ( I sell my beachy mugs for $30 and literally can't keep them in stock) Should I make a post explaining on my IG and FB? I'm thinking of going up to $35 but don't want to insult anyone, or make it too high etc. I feel guilty asking for more... Maybe that's the GD people pleaser in me...Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Jul 31

1 hr 49 min

Ryan & Becca finally get to a question that has been left unanswered for a while now: pros and cons of selling on your own website vs an Etsy shop. There is a lot to this topic but we hope to cover a number of angles to be considered before decided what's right for your situation. Selling online is a great source of revenue and we encourage you to open up your business to the wider customer base that comes with sharing your work on the internet. Whether you're just starting out or a pro, we hope you enjoy the discussion.Etsy Resources:https://www.etsy.com/Where Etsy Collects and Remits State Sales TaxEtsy Fees & Payment PolicyOther Platforms we discuss:https://www.weebly.com/https://www.shopify.com/https://www.squarespace.com/Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- Ryan - if you had to spend an hour decorating one pot - what techniques would you try out?- Becca - if you had to make a pot that was for some obscure specific use, what would it be?Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Jul 24

1 hr 50 min

Ryan and Becca give some insights about recycling your mountain of clay scraps effectively. They recap how they have handled reclaim in the past, what they do now, and what you should consider adapting to your situation. The price of new clay, time invested/lost by recycling, clay consistency, and studio spacing are a few factors to consider. Resources:https://www.instagram.com/reel/CRgvplFi372/ (Florian Gadsby)https://www.instagram.com/reel/CM8FV5ZFxf6/ (Joel Cherrico)Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- I don’t reclaim - can you convince me I should? I think my time is more valuable. Clay is cheap, but so many folks reclaim. Am I wrong?Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Jul 21

39 min 34 sec

Ryan and Becca answer a question about handle making and share their experience with various handle making processes. There's no one handle technique that fits all mug styles but it's good to break down how and why you make handles the way you do. Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- I’m switching from extruded cut and placed handles to pulled from the cup handles Matthew Kelly changed my mind, so what do you prefer; attached handles or Pulled from the cup (heavy pull pieces then attached to the mug to be pulled longer to attach) which is more professional or non amateuristic? -@mudheads_pottery Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Jul 17

37 min 7 sec

Ryan & Becca share some of their favorite moments from the first 100 episodes. This is the first of multiple “best of” episodes since we couldn’t fit everything into just 2 hours. Thanks for all of the support these past 100 episodes & here’s to the next 100!Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Jul 10

1 hr 59 min

Ryan & Becca break down what makes a great show after Ryan gets back from his 2 day show in Louisville, KY. A number of factors are accounted for when determining whether you may want to participate in a show for the first time or return in the future. Don't base your reasons entirely on sales, but think about all that went into your experience beforehand, during, and after your show. These days, we tend to put more weight into our personal interactions than we may have earlier on in our careers. Best of luck to all of you selling out there this year!Resources:Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room in Kansas City, MO@bluebeepottery - Bridget visited Ryan at his showRyobi Portable FanListener QuestionsOn this episode:- I have been trying to get a little more consistency in my drying. Currently, I have a rack that is taped up with plastic but occasionally still have some cracking issues that are due to parts drying faster than others. What is an optimal humidity level for drying, and/or temperature?Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Jul 3

1 hr 45 min

Ryan & Becca answer a question from our MVQ (Most Valuable Questioner) @aleathabean about how we analyze inspiration vs. 'claygiarism.' How do you draw the line of making based on inspiration vs. copying someone else's work? How do you react to someone copying your work? Have you ever been accused of copying another person's work? This is a pretty open ended discussion today, covering some important questions to ask yourself as you grow & share your work in this current time of social media.What would you do if...your bisque pot falls into a bucket of glaze?Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show on Patreon:https://patreon.com/WheeltalkpodcastFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryVisit our website:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Jun 26

1 hr 45 min

Becca spends the day in the studio with her clay friend of 8+ years, Val Flynn of Val Flynn Pottery in Snohomish, Washington. They chat about building a new studio from scratch, experimenting with new forms, pricing your work/worth, and learning to grow her pottery business. Thanks for having us in your studio Val!Resources from today's episode:Flammable Entrepreneur-----Find more about Val below-----Instagram - @valflynnpotteryWebsite - https://valflynnpottery.com/Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ValFlynnPottery/Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Jun 19

53 min 6 sec

Ryan & Becca are back for a fourth question and answer episode covering topics in clay, small business, personal, and some off-the-wall questions. These are always enjoyable for us to record and we hope you love them as well. Thanks to everyone for submitting their questions via Instagram this time around!Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Jun 12

2 hr 18 min

Ryan & Becca sit down for a conversation with Link Henderson, owner of Kentucky Mudworks & Dirty Girls Pottery Tools, to go in depth about clay & tools. We learn how Kentucky Mudworks begun almost 20 years ago and how Dirty Girls Pottery Tools came about. We also answer a number of listener questions related to finding the right clay body for you, reclaiming clay, properties of various clays, and studio cleanliness. We hope you enjoy Link's entrepreneurial spirit, vast knowledge in our clay space, and many laughs that she shares with us.-----Find more about Link's businesses below-----Kentucky MudworksInstagram - @kentuckymudworksWebsite - https://kymudworks.com/Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/kentuckymudworksFacebook Group - Ky Mudworks Clay & Glaze GroupDirty Girls Pottery ToolsInstagram - @dirtygirlspotterytoolsWebsite - https://dirtygirlspotterytools.com/Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Jun 5

2 hr 3 min

Ryan and Becca answer a question that has come over multiple times: how to quality test your pottery. We cover a number of testing methods to ensure your work is safe for food or drink & resistant to high stress situations. Enjoy and run a few of these tests on your own work to feel more confident in your finished products that are purchased by customers. Resources:Shrinkage/Absorption Test - DigitalfireIn the Studio: Testing Durability - Ceramic Arts NetworkThermal Shock Failure Test - DigitalfireTim See microwave test - YouTubeGet a FREE Sticker!Submit a review on your platform of choice, screenshot it, and send to us on Instagram (@wheeltalkpodcast) or email (wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com) with your shipping address. The deadline to send to us is May 31st.Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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May 29

34 min 13 sec

Ryan and Becca are trying out a shorter episode today to answer a listener question in depth about the profit potential between various items. There are many factors that go into pricing your work and just because you have a larger form doesn't mean it has to be less profitable. Supply and demand play a big factor as well when you're deciding how to price your work appropriately for the market willing to buy it. We hope you enjoy this new 30 minute format that will be released on occasion.Get a FREE Sticker!Submit a review on your platform of choice, screenshot it, and send to us on Instagram (@wheeltalkpodcast) or email (wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com) with your shipping address. The deadline to send to us is May 31st.Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- How do you balance the demand for a particular item with its profit potential? For example, my 4 pound planters take up the volume of 6 mugs. I sell mugs for $20 but I could never sell planters for $120. (6 x $20). It seems like the bigger an item, the smaller it’s profit making potential.Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.wheeltalkpotcast.com/product/donate-to-the-podcast/1?cs=true&cst=custom)

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May 26

30 min 10 sec

Ryan and Becca go into a candid conversation about money and financial planning as individuals & small business owners. Topics covered include: our thought process when spending/saving money, debt, budgeting, retirement, how to pay yourself as a small business owner, and some other general topics related to money. It was a bit scattered, but talking about money with tact is necessary among our peers when trying to learn from one another or challenging our own notions. Get a FREE Sticker!Submit a review on your platform of choice, screenshot it, and send to us on Instagram (@wheeltalkpodcast) or email (wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com) with your shipping address. The deadline to send to us is May 31st.ResourcesChooseFI podcastThe Ramsey Show podcastWhat would you do if...you hear a pot(s) blow up during a bisque or glaze firing?Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- When do you recommend registering as a business? And do you have a separate bank account for your business?Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotterySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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May 22

1 hr 52 min

Ryan & Becca chat with another good friend in clay, Heidi Fahrenbacher from Bella Joy Pottery. She graciously shares some great insights about slip casting, wholesale, stressful art shows, pricing your work, a viral Instagram post, mental health, small business finances, & things to be happy about. We also wrap up with a new "What would you do if?" segment. Thanks so much to Heidi for joining us, all the laughs, and all of you for listening!-----Find more about Heidi's business below-----Instagram - @bellajoypotteryWebsite - https://www.bellajoypottery.comFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/bellajoypotteryResources:The Essential Guide to Mold Making & Slip Casting by Andrew MartinViral Instagram post from @smallbizmemezChoose FI Podcast The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed bookDigit - Effortless Saving and Investing14,000 Things to Be Happy About bookGet a FREE Sticker!Submit a review on your platform of choice, screenshot it, and send to us on Instagram (@wheeltalkpodcast) or email (wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com) with your shipping address. The deadline to send to us is May 31st.What would you do if...your finished pots are leaking when you pour coffee/tea into them?Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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May 15

2 hr 9 min

Ryan and Becca go deep into a couple listener questions about the ins and outs of opening/running a brick & mortar business. Lots of variables factor into your decision making: location, store hours, must haves for the space to get it open, what offerings you want (classes, retail gallery, paint your own pottery, etc), how to structure classes, marketing the business, and more. Thanks for listening!ResourcesHow to Start a Clay Painting Studio articleSketch Art Workshop - @asketchyartworkshopOG Gallery & Studio - @oggalleryandstudioGet a FREE Sticker!Submit a review on your platform of choice, screenshot it, and send to us on Instagram (@wheeltalkpodcast) or email (wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com) with your shipping address. The deadline to send to us is May 31st.What would you do if...you spill a 5 gallon bucket of glaze on the floor?Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- What are the must haves when looking for a used kiln that fires to cone 6? Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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May 8

1 hr 52 min

Ryan and Becca try out a new segment on this episode called "What would you do if?" before moving on to the today's topic. Afterwards, they discuss multiple facets of having others help you in your studio/business. Questions answered relate to: when you should consider getting help, where to find help, what tasks are best to get help with, how to hire the right person, how to pay them, different motivation considerations, and insurance considerations for having help in the studio.Get a FREE Sticker!Submit a review on your platform of choice, screenshot it, and send to us on Instagram (@wheeltalkpodcast) or email (wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com) with your shipping address. The deadline to send to us is May 31st.What would you do if...your lid collapsed into the kiln during the firing?Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- I’m doing some glazing & recently I’ve been doing liner glazes on my things. Any advice on stopping the air bubble pop of glaze when you’re dipping? I’ve tried going slow, angling slightly, but I still get that annoying pop of glaze on my liner. -passionateartsandcraftsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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May 1

1 hr 51 min

Ryan & Becca sit down for a much anticipated conversation with Leigh Anne Thompson, owner of Elan Pottery & Elan Transfers. She's sharing all the things with us: balancing multiple revenue streams, fulfilling large quantities of orders, managing a team, scaling her business over the years, reclaiming clay, social media personas, renaissance faire life, and some personal stories as well. Thanks so much to Leigh Anne for joining us!-----Find more about Leigh Anne's businesses below-----Elan PotteryInstagram - @elanpotteryWebsite - https://elanpottery.com/Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/elanpotteryEvents - https://elanpottery.com/pages/eventsElan TransfersInstagram - @elantransfers Website - https://elantransfers.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/elantransfers/ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8PRoKfyiTKJPUd7VwvsAYQListener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Apr 24

1 hr 59 min

Ryan and Becca answer more art show questions our listeners submitted through Instagram! This is part two of two, and we mostly cover our booth setups over the years, progressing throughout the show itself, selling tactics, and a few random questions to close it out. Thanks for all the good questions about art shows and I'm sure this isn't the last time we'll cover this topic. Good luck if you're selling at shows this season!Resources to find art shows:https://festivalnet.com/https://www.artfaircalendar.com/https://www.fairsandfestivals.net/https://10times.com/usa/arts-crafts (USA)https://www.artfaircalendar.com/art_fair/canada-fine-art-fairs-craft-shows.html (Canada)https://10times.com/canada/arts-crafts (Canada)Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.wheeltalkpotcast.com/product/donate-to-the-podcast/1?cs=true&cst=custom)

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Apr 17

1 hr 59 min

Ryan was recently a guest on a podcast "How to Build a Business with Chandler Lyles." We talk about how Ryan started his business, running his business on Etsy, and looking forward to his challenges this year. Listen to this conversation at the links below:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/002-how-to-build-an-etsy-shop-on-the-side-w-ryan-durbin/id1522862963?i=1000507566466Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0fTw0oDwTxItn3WWYBWdMoYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJDvvRCIfgoWe'll occasionally have these bonus episodes if there's any pressing news we'd like to share with you outside of a normal podcast episode.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Apr 14

1 min 38 sec

Ryan and Becca answer a ton of art show questions our listeners submitted through Instagram! This is part one of two, but these mostly cover topics related to finding the right shows for you in your area, preparing for your scheduled art shows, and a few random questions. We'll be back next week to answer the last of your art show questions. Recent Workshop Becca Recommends:Danny Meisinger - https://www.spinningearthpottery.net/https://www.instagram.com/dannymeisinger/ Resources to find art shows:https://festivalnet.com/https://www.artfaircalendar.com/https://www.fairsandfestivals.net/https://10times.com/usa/arts-crafts (USA)https://www.artfaircalendar.com/art_fair/canada-fine-art-fairs-craft-shows.html (Canada)https://10times.com/canada/arts-crafts (Canada)Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- What is your favorite item to make and why?Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Apr 10

2 hr 6 min

Ryan & Becca sit down with Lindsey M. Dillon and Donte from Earth Nation Ceramics who co-host The Mud Peddlers Podcast to chat about podcasting, social media, selling our work, and some rapid questions at the end. We're so happy to share some time among fellow clay artists in familiar & different positions to ours to glean great insights and entertaining banter. We hope you enjoy!-----All the things about Lindsey and Donte-----The Mud Peddlers: Ceramic Art Behind the Scene‪s podcastApple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mud-peddlers-ceramic-art-behind-the-scenes/id1523600736Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2l1brWtrFuscNktFkbq4hIBlubrry: https://blubrry.com/themudpeddlers/64120458/welcome-to-the-mud-peddlers-origin-storiesLindsey M. DillonInstagram - @lindseymdillonShop - https://www.etsy.com/shop/lindseymdillon/ Website - https://www.lindseymdillon.com/get-to-know-me Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/lindseymdillonDonte from Earth Nation CeramicsYouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/EarthNationCeramics Website - https://www.earthnationceramics.com/Instagram - @earth_nation_ceramicsPatreon - https://www.patreon.com/Earthnationceramics Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/EarthNationCeramics/Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Apr 3

1 hr 37 min

So...we don't know what happened. Ryan & Becca start out discussing how innovation/creativity and maintenance factor into running a small business. Then they go off on a tangent about getting art degrees in ceramics and it's shortcomings. We had a fun conversation nonetheless, with some good discussion about our college experiences related to our art curriculum & it's shortcomings. P.S. Sorry about the background sound of Ryan's laptop fan you hear throughout the episode. We'll improve this for the future. Resources:Becca's post mentioned at 24:00Freakonomics #263: In Praise of Maintenance podcastWe'd love your feedback on our anonymous listener survey: https://forms.gle/JYZLYWBbbYeqNvv29Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- What are you each most looking forward to in 2021?- Where do you plan to travel first after COVID?Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.wheeltalkpotcast.com/product/donate-to-the-podcast/1?cs=true&cst=custom)

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Mar 27

1 hr 57 min

Ryan & Becca go very deep into all the facets of packing and shipping your work for online sales. Topics range from materials for wrapping your work, space filling materials, boxes, labels, shipping services, and costs involved throughout. We've broken a number of pieces in the past so we share some do's and don't on the packing front. Enjoy and let's help you improve your packing and shipping process! We'd love your feedback on our anonymous listener survey: https://forms.gle/JYZLYWBbbYeqNvv29Resources:Our shipping boxes - Uline, AM Shipping Supplies, & USPS Our label printers - Dymo & RolloBulk shipping materials options - Ranpak Geami WrapPak & StoroPack International tariff code for shipping ceramic tableware - 69120023Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- What clay do you throw with?- How did you discover your love for ceramics?- Do you ever feel uncreative? How do you work around creative blocks?Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Mar 20

2 hr 20 min

Great Scott!! Ryan and Becca get together one more time to answer a series of your social media questions. We cover a number of topics, including: differences between Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest, selling on various online platforms, using social media to grow an audience, and what to focus on to help your growth long-term. We thank you for all of your great questions. Keep sending us more for future discussions, social media related, process, small business, or otherwise.We'd love your feedback on our anonymous listener survey: https://forms.gle/JYZLYWBbbYeqNvv29Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Mar 13

1 hr 26 min

Ryan & Becca discuss tips to improve your production process. Becca's years of throwing production style work and recent position working in a production studio provide a lot of suggestions for today. Efficient production involves many factors and we cover a number of them, including hand positions, water usage, steps you may be able to skip, wheel speed, and more. Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- What’s the best way to learn production techniques?- What is the name of that device in the picture that helps you throw consistent and where to buy one?Resources:- Samuel Sparrow Throwing Gauge: https://www.samuelsparrow.com/tools/p/potters-gauge- Throwing Gauge: https://clayartcenter.net/product/btg001-adjustable-pot-gauge-tool/- Canada Throwing Gauge: https://clayartcenter.net/product/btg001-adjustable-pot-gauge-tool/- DIY Throwing Gauge: https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/daily/clay-tools/wheel-throwing-tools/how-to-make-a-gauge-for-throwing-consistently-sized-pots-on-the-pottery-wheel/- Tombo Sticks: https://www.theceramicshop.com/product/7098/tombo-sticks/- DIY Tombo Sticks: https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/daily/clay-tools/wheel-throwing-tools/quick-tips-how-to-make-a-tombo-tool-on-the-cheap/- Tombo Stick Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQNzSQfM-7cSimon Leach Bowl Throwing Demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKhG6PyIEiUSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Mar 6

1 hr 44 min

Ryan & Becca answer a listener question about determining what forms to make for your customer base as you hit your stride selling. Also, how do you get past the insecurity about making too much of something that may not sell? Can you even make too much of something?Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- If Ryan was a full time potter, how many pots could he throw in a month?- How much will Ryan have to sell in pottery for him to quit his day job? 100k?Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Thanks for joining us and we would love to hear your feedback on future topics to discuss and help us improve!We have a website where you can support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.wheeltalkpotcast.com/product/donate-to-the-podcast/1?cs=true&cst=custom)

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Feb 27

1 hr 19 min

Ryan & Becca discuss the always challenging topic of pricing. There is no right way that works for everyone, but we can guide you with some things to consider as you go about pricing your body of work. Whether you take a more mathematical approach by listing out costs to produce vs calculating based on the supply & demand of your target market. We also address the questions: where do you start with setting a price, when is your price too low/high, when to raise your prices, how long do you experiment with new prices, how do you price across different selling platforms, and how does "Free Shipping" factor into pricing your work online.Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- What’s your favorite non-pottery thing to do?- If you could eat only one thing the rest of your life, what would it be?Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Thanks for joining us and we would love to hear your feedback on future topics to discuss and help us improve!We have a website where you can support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Feb 20

1 hr 37 min

Ryan & Becca are back for another question and answer episode with clay, small business, & personal questions. You all provided most of these questions via Instagram and we appreciate it! Enjoy, have some laughs, and get to know us a little more.Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.We have a website where you can support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Feb 13

1 hr 58 min

Becca joins Ryan for part two of answering more of your questions about social media. We cover a number of topics, including: the algorithm, hashtags, social media and mental health, post frequency, time commitments, Instagram Stories, and Instagram Reels. We thank you for all of your great questions. Keep sending us more for future discussions, social media related, process, small business, or otherwise.Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.We have a website where you can support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Feb 6

1 hr 35 min

Ryan & Becca start the show off with a new clay podcast recommendation for you: The Mud Peddlers, hosted by Lindsey M. Dillon & Donte from Earth Nation Ceramics. Check them out and spread the love for our fellow clay podcasters. On today's episode, Ryan & Becca look back at 2020 goals and results, with real numbers. Afterwards, they look ahead to 2021 and discuss some changes that may be necessary as Becca starts her new job as a production potter in Indianapolis and Ryan aims to grow his pottery business further, while still balancing a full time job. We hope you are ready to put 2020 behind you and are optimistic about the year ahead in 2021.Podcast Recommendation:The Mud Peddlers: Ceramic Art Behind the ScenesListener QuestionsOn this episode:- Sometimes I have a bucket of dipping glaze that I haven’t used for months and I wonder if I should re-sieve it after I mix it with my power drill mixer. Besides removing any bits and pieces of bisque that may have contaminated the glaze bucket, is there any advantage to re-sieving?Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Thanks for joining us and we would love to hear your feedback on future topics to discuss and help us improve!We have a website where you can support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Jan 30

1 hr 33 min

Becca is officially a Hoosier after her move across the country from Monroe, Washington to Indianapolis, Indiana! We welcome her back, discuss some funny stories from her trip, and get back into the swing of things. The topic for today involves how you decide what boundaries to set when sharing through social media, including finances, personal life, or other areas you may wish to keep more private to strangers on the internet. Some of this more transparent content can draw some positive engagement or turn others off, so finding the right balance for you is what we hope you get you thinking about after today's episode.Listener QuestionsOn this episode:- What are your biggest ceramic pet peeves?- What annoys you most about the process?- What’s your favorite tool to use?Send us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Thanks for joining us and we would love to hear your feedback on future topics to discuss and help us improve!We have a website where you can support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Jan 23

1 hr 32 min

Ryan goes solo on this episode while Becca is getting adjusted after her move to Indianapolis, Indiana. He talks all about running his small business on Instagram, including how he manages his own account and answering a number of your questions along the way. Today, we cover getting sales from Instagram, how Ryan built his following over time, benefits of using Instagram stories, product photography, and more.Thanks for sending us all of your pressing questions related to this topic. I wasn't able to answer them all, but will definitely be recording another part since 2 hours wasn't enough to dive into other topics such as the algorithm, hashtags, time commitments on the app, and others.ReferencesInstagram by the numbers: https://blog.hootsuite.com/instagram-statistics/Listener QuestionsSend us questions so we can answer anything you've been thinking about on a future episode. Send those through Instagram @wheeltalkpodcast or email us at wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.com.Thanks for joining us and we would love to hear your feedback on future topics to discuss and help us improve!We have a website where you can support the show:www.wheeltalkpotcast.comFollow us on Instagram:@wheeltalkpodcast@rdceramics@5linespotteryEmail us any questions or topics you'd love discussed:wheeltalkpodcast@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

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Jan 16

2 hr 16 min