123 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
    • 4.8 • 12 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.

    Ep 509: Etsy vs. Your Own Website {The Launch}

    Ep 509: Etsy vs. Your Own Website {The Launch}

    “Etsy vs. Your own website. Which is better?” It’s a question I see asked online endlessly. I see the responses fought over just as endlessly. But is it really an either/or? We dig into that on this next installment of our “The Launch” series - where I dig into the firsthand experiences Francesco & I are having in starting our own ceramics business. Spoiler - We’re using both Etsy and our own website, because there are pros and cons to both. And it’s those pros & cons we discuss in this episode so you can make the decision that’s right for you.

    Start back at the beginning of The Launch series by clicking here.

    If you find you are still overwhelmed by it all, the place deeper conversations are happening with supportive makers from all over the world is inside of our virtual home - The Community. Click here to join now and be a part of the Instagram Masterclass happening on April 25th (or to get the recording if you are seeing this after April 25th!).
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    Have questions about the show or want to say Hi? Email us at: podcast (at) makers-playbook (dot) com

    • 39 min
    Ep 508: Instagram Real Talk with Allie Mason

    Ep 508: Instagram Real Talk with Allie Mason

    I know I'm not the only one who finds social media to be exhausting. The idea of keeping up with trends sounds equivalent to nails on a chalkboard to me. But at the same time, I know there is a huge opportunity on social media. After all, Instagram alone has 2 billion  users. Enter Allie Mason. A data-based marketing strategist who understands that us solo-preneurs and small independent businesses don’t necessarily have the time (or the desire) to be spending all of our time keeping up with the ever changing world of social media. What Allie teaches focuses on using social media for what it can do for us all to grow our businesses, but not having it be our businesses.

    And I love it so much we're bringing Allie into The Community for a very special Masterclass specifically for makers on April 25th! This Masterclass is open to Community  members only.  To gain access, join The Community by clicking here.

    Guest Resources:
    Allie Mason's Instagram - with @thatalliemason

    Resources - https://bio.site/thatalliemason


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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Ep 507: The Assault on Creativity with Connie Cole

    Ep 507: The Assault on Creativity with Connie Cole

    On this week’s episode I talk with founding Community member, Connie Cole, about her winding path to becoming a full-time potter. We discuss her battle with imposter syndrome, what finding a “gateway drug” has done for her business and the assault on creativity she’s experienced over time (and of course, how she’s battling against it!)

    Interested in joining other makers from all over the world in a safe & supportive environment online? Come check out The Community by clicking here.


    Guest Resources:
    Connie Cole's Instagram - @twocentsceramics

    Resources - https://twocentsceramics.com/
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Ep 506: Business FOMO (and NCECA)

    Ep 506: Business FOMO (and NCECA)

    Feeling the FOMO because you aren't going to NCECA? Come hang out inside of The Community - Learn more & join for 1 month by clicking here.

    One of my favorite books: Deep Work by Cal Newport (purchasing the book through this link helps support the podcast!)
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    • 27 min
    Ep 505: Creating Environmentally Friendly Pottery with Yuliya Makliuk of Here & Now Pottery

    Ep 505: Creating Environmentally Friendly Pottery with Yuliya Makliuk of Here & Now Pottery

    Do you get overwhelmed at the idea of making your studio practice environmentally friendly? It can seem impossible to figure out where to start and what actually makes an impact. The science of climate change is complicated at best, and more often than not confusing. Which is exactly why I’m so grateful for people like Yuliya Makliuk - a trained ecologist and potter. Yuliya recently wrote the book Potters Save the World: Learn to Make Sustainable Ceramics and Help Protect the Earth, and on this week’s episode we talk all about the process of self-publishing this important book as well as creating her own pottery amidst an ever changing reality of living in Ukraine.

    Guest Resources:
    Yuliya Makliuk's Instagram - @hereandnowpottery
    Resources - Potters Save the World by Yuliya Makliuk (click here to purchase using our affiliate link & help support this podcast!)

    Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors:
    The Rosenfield Collection of Functional Ceramic Art
    Bray Clay by the Archie Bray


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep: 504 - Setting Boundaries & Vetting Educators Online with Hope Limyansky-Smith

    Ep: 504 - Setting Boundaries & Vetting Educators Online with Hope Limyansky-Smith

    The internet can be amazing for connecting us all to resources we wouldn’t otherwise have access to. But it can also be absolutely overwhelming. With so many people teaching online, how can we tell who actually knows what they are doing? How do we know (especially if we decide to pay) that they are actually qualified to teach us? I’m not talking about formal qualifications and diplomas here - obviously, there are plenty of problems with the traditional structures of arts education. But at the same time, there’s additionally the sneaky problem of online education not having any sort of barrier to access - literally anyone can call themselves a teacher on the internet.
    During Part Two of my conversation with Hope Limyansky-Smith, we dig into the pros & cons of being online educators and the ways in which we ourselves vet other educators we want to learn from as students ourselves. Before all of that, we also have a very important discussion on setting boundaries online both for ourselves and with each other so that we can continue to enjoy building new friendships online, which really is what makes being on social media great, isn’t it? 

    Guest Resources:
    Hope Limyansky-Smith's Instagram - @limyanskystudios

    Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors:
    The Rosenfield Collection of Functional Ceramic Art
    Bray Clay by the Archie Bray



    Love this podcast? Support an episode! Click here to learn more.

    Follow The Maker's Playbook on Instagram @themakersplaybook

    Have questions about the show or want to say Hi? Email us at: podcast (at) makers-playbook (dot) com

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

RebekahMArtist ,

My new favourite podcast!

I’m enjoying listening from the UK. Such a fascinating mix of artists. Wonderful, thank you!

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 🥳

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