51 episodes

A podcast where we talk all about what it's really like to make a living from the things you make. Featuring candid interviews with other ceramicists and makers, as well as helpful business tips to make your side-hustle into a life-giving, viable business.

The Maker's Playbook Rebecca Ickes Carra

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 8 Ratings

A podcast where we talk all about what it's really like to make a living from the things you make. Featuring candid interviews with other ceramicists and makers, as well as helpful business tips to make your side-hustle into a life-giving, viable business.

    Episode 303: Making Space for Our Personal Lives as a Full-time Maker with Lucy Fagella

    Episode 303: Making Space for Our Personal Lives as a Full-time Maker with Lucy Fagella

    On this week’s episode, I virtually sit down with Lucy Fagella to discuss how she’s shifted her business over the course of the last 20+ years as a full-time studio potter. We chat about the realities of parenting and being a full-time maker as well as how to make sure you are taking care of your body amidst the physical demands of ceramics. Lucy has navigated the big shift from predominantly cash-based in-person market sales to credit card processing and online shops (and as may come as a shock to some, would rather spend a day packing up boxes & shipping labels than loading a car and driving to a show). Lucy has discovered a way in which to provide a stable income removed from the stress of the shop-update cycle on one half of her business while keeping things flexible and creatively interesting on the other side. 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 302: Committing to a Goal and Sticking to it with Delvin Goode

    Episode 302: Committing to a Goal and Sticking to it with Delvin Goode

    Have you ever talked yourself out of going after a goal because the logistics just felt impossible? Like pursuing a master’s degree when you can’t attend a school in person? Or setting up a home studio space when you work in a job that forces you to move locations every couple of years? Pretty difficult right? But not impossible. Or at least, you can’t use that excuse any more, because today’s guest on the podcast, Del of D Goode Art has managed to work with all of those logistical limitations while also creating some incredibly iconic work. 
    We have one more new interview coming next week before we take our typical “4th week off” from releasing an episode, which means… there’s a new free monthly photo tip coming your way soon! Or, at least it’s coming your way if you are on our email list! Click here to download our free cheat sheet for better photos faster, to kickstart your photo tips. Doing so will also add you to our list for the free monthly photo tips.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 301: A Lifelong Pursuit of Learning with Adam Field

    Episode 301: A Lifelong Pursuit of Learning with Adam Field

    We are back! Season 3 of the Maker’s Playbook podcast kicks off with Adam Field! In this episode, Adam and I dig into how he managed to say yes to a multi-year residency program at the Archie Bray with 2 kiddos in tow, how he integrates social media into his studio practice, and the vulnerability it takes to change the style of our work when also making a living from that work. This is a conversation I know I personally will be returning to frequently.
    You’ve heard me end every episode for 15 months' worth of podcasts now with the belief that together we can really make these crazy audacious dreams of our maker’s life work. I know this to be true because my life and career are proof of it. But, I also know that a podcast is pretty one-sided. This is exactly why I’m launching an online forum for makers! At the time of this episode launching, we are almost ready to open the doors, so until then, be sure to sign up for our insider’s email list to be the first to find out when the community launches. I have a couple of surprises in store for those that join first! Sign up at https://www.makersplaybook.com/newsletter/

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 217 - The Social Responsibility of Businesses (and different business models to pursue)

    Episode 217 - The Social Responsibility of Businesses (and different business models to pursue)

    It’s taken me longer than expected to finish writing this episode. But I suppose that should come as no surprise given the constant influx of world news being thrown at us. At times like this, just like in 2020 and so many other moments of social awakening in the last few years, our work as artists can feel disconnected with the immediate needs of the world. On this week’s solo episode, I’m peeling back the curtain on how I process that for myself. Alongside my originally planned episode of discussing a few of the various business models you can choose in order to create a business that serves your life and not the other way around. 
    We'll be taking a short season break after this episode. I don't have the exact restart date for Season 3 just yet, so if you want to be sure not to miss any new episodes once they are ready, then click here to sign up for our email insider's list. Doing so will also put you on the list for our monthly free photography tips, specifically geared towards ceramicists and makers.

    • 37 min
    Episode 216 - Building and Growing Our Communities with Phi Le of Illuminated Clay

    Episode 216 - Building and Growing Our Communities with Phi Le of Illuminated Clay

    Do you think of the word “business” as a dirty word? Does the idea of starting a business seem like the last thing that might bring about the change we so desperately need in the world? Could a business possibly do as much good for our communities as a non-profit organization? Well, this week’s podcast guest is building a business on their terms. And it’s one creating quite an impact. Phi Le has built their community pottery studio, Illuminated Clay, specifically focused on not only providing a safe space for people often not included in traditional structures but also a space that can provide resources to historically marginalized groups regardless of their ability to pay. And Phi is only just getting started…
     
    I’ll be taking a bit of an unplanned season break after next week’s episode, so if you want to be sure to be alerted when new episodes air, then visit makersplaybook.com/newsletter and sign up for the email list. Doing so will also add you to our monthly free photo tips list, where I deep dive on many of the most frequently asked photography questions specifically for makers - like why shooting on an all-white background is so dang hard, and why what kind of camera you use really doesn’t matter as much as you think it does.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 215 - On Burnout and the Search for Balance with Nicole Dacey

    Episode 215 - On Burnout and the Search for Balance with Nicole Dacey

    Burnout - If it wasn’t a word in your vocabulary before 2020, it probably is now. It’s a topic talked about a lot in the land of the self-employed and generally, the tactics for avoiding it are always given by someone who’s just recently, slowly, crawling out of it. But don’t worry - Nicole Dacey and I aren’t going to give you any of those tactics you’ve heard a million times. No, instead, we settled in for a simple, candid, straightforward conversation about the twists and turns your career can take and the many ways burnout can show up even when you are doing things you love. 
     
    If you missed out on our free photo tips email last week, you can still kickstart taking better photos faster by going to makersplaybook.com/photography and snagging my free 3 step-guide for better photos, even just using your cell phone. Grabbing that guide will also put you on your list for future monthly tips. 
     
    For full episode show notes visit makersplaybook.com/podcast

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

susiehallows ,

Entertaining and informative

Loving listening to this podcast while I sit at my wheel. As someone who is just dipping my toe in the water and beginning to sell my pottery this podcast has been so informative and helpful but also really engaging to listen too.

LauraHKS ,

Great points of view

After listening to the first few episodes I’ve come to look forward to each new episode being released. So great to hear from such a range of potters with varied backgrounds and points of view. Have learned so much already and looking forward to hearing more! Keep up the good work, Rebecca 🥳

withlovefromlucy ,

Great!

Loved listening to this! Thanks Camille

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