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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!

Wheel Talk Ryan Durbin & Becca Otis

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 97 Ratings

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!

    #174 - Hosting a home studio sale

    #174 - Hosting a home studio sale

    Ryan and Becca get into how they have each planned and hosted their own home studio sale. A lot of makers host a small (or large) sale from their home or studio to give the public access to an intimate setting to shop for the holidays or otherwise. It can be a big or small undertaking depending on what you'd like out of it and could be worth a try for you. Enjoy!

    Listener Questions
    On this episode:
    - Just curious if you have an episode taking about how you named each of your businesses? @jessie.buckingham
    - I had a question with regards to the home sale that Ryan does. Is there any episodes on how to go about doing that process? I have a nice big home studio so I’d like to host an open studio sale for Christmas but I have no idea where to even start! @passionateartsandcrafts
    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 for as little as $3 per month:
    https://patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast

    Support Becca’s Patreon https://patreon.com/superpotlady if you want to get better and more efficient in your making process, plus she knows her shit!

    Follow us on Instagram:
    @wheeltalkpodcast
    @rdceramics
    @5linespottery

    Visit our website:
    www.wheeltalkpotcast.com
    Support the show

    • 1 hr 33 min
    #173 - Buying used kilns & wheels

    #173 - Buying used kilns & wheels

    Ryan and Becca are covering what to look out for when buying used equipment, specifically kilns and wheels. We mainly cover some consideration the think about when you're shopping for kilns: electrical, kiln quality, pricing, where to look, etc. We also go through some sample listings on Facebook Marketplace to share what we are thinking as we consider buying them. We hope you enjoy today's episode.

    Resources
    Cincinnati Coffee Festival
    @trevorclayworks
    #67 - Buying & selling pottery wheels
    #69 - Kilns, Kilns, Kilns

    Listener Questions
    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 for as little as $3 per month:
    https://patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast

    Support Becca’s Patreon https://patreon.com/superpotlady if you want to get better and more efficient in your making process, plus she knows her shit!

    Follow us on Instagram:
    @wheeltalkpodcast
    @rdceramics
    @5linespottery

    Visit our website:
    www.wheeltalkpotcast.com


    Support the show

    • 2 hr 8 min
    #172 - Shooting the sh** and sharing a booth space

    #172 - Shooting the sh** and sharing a booth space

    Ryan and Becca are way off topic for today's episode talking about some new happenings for them both before getting to business. A couple listener questions are answered about handbuilding & asking fellow artists their sales at a show before getting to the topic of the day where we think about how we are going to share a booth space at the upcoming Cincinnati Coffee Festival.

    Resources
    @ashenwrenceramics
    Cincinnati Coffee Festival

    Listener Questions
    On this episode:
    - So I have a question or two I just wanted to throw your direction and to see if you guys have episodes that discuss this, or know of other artists that may specialize in extrusion pieces. We just got a new extruder at my college studio and I was curious if you guys had any extruder die ideas or maybe shapes that you found useful or interesting to play with? @the_untortured_artist
    - I love the transparency of you both sharing what your sales are after a show. My price range is from $4 to $65. I have a lot of lower priced items for sale. My average sale per person at my most recent show was $28. I have been scoffed at by other potters at art shows for offering lower priced items. At my most recent show I was one sale away from having $6,000 in sales. It was a 2 day show. I really would like to know how my sales compared to other potters at the show who offer only higher priced items. My question is have you asked other potters at a show how much their sales were? If so how do you go about it? Keep in mind that these are juried art shows and a lot of them act like they think their #%*! don't stink. @TheWateringCanPottery
    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 for as little as $3 per month:
    https://patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast

    Support Becca’s Patreon https://patreon.com/superpotlady if you want to get better and more efficient in your making process, plus she knows her shit!

    Follow us on Instagram:
    @wheeltalkpodcast
    @rdceramics
    @5linespottery

    Visit our website:
    www.wheeltalkpotcast.com
    Support the show

    • 2 hr 1 min
    #171 - Rats, frogs, & mushrooms with Sarah Anderson

    #171 - Rats, frogs, & mushrooms with Sarah Anderson

    Ryan and Becca sit down with Sarah Anderson to talk all about social media, inspiration behind her graphical work, selling at various art shows, accepting commissions, applying for gallery shows, van life, & a bit more. It was a good time covering such a range of topics with an up and coming ceramic artist who is local to us.

    -----Find more about Sarah’s business below-----
    Instagram - @sarahandersonceramics
    Website - https://www.sarahandersonceramics.com/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sarahandersonsart/
    Tik Tok - https://www.tiktok.com/@sarahandersonceramics/
    Ceramics Monthly Article - https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/ceramics-monthly/ceramics-monthly-article/capturing-the-story
    Mobile Makers Clay - https://www.mobilemakersclay.com/
    Marret Metzger - @marretmetzger
    Listener Questions
    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 for as little as $3 per month:
    https://patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast

    Follow us on Instagram:
    @wheeltalkpodcast
    @rdceramics
    @5linespottery

    Visit our website:
    www.wheeltalkpotcast.com
    Support the show

    • 2 hr 13 min
    #170 - Organizing your inventory

    #170 - Organizing your inventory

    Ryan and Becca cover a topic raised from a listener question today about storing and managing inventory in the studio. We cover a range of ways to keep track of work for shows, tips for packing, and using what you have to keep your work tidy without having to buy all new storage containers. We hope you enjoy after hearing about our recent life happenings to start the episode.

    What would you do if...
    you woke up at 8:30am for a 10am show that’s 30 mins away?

    Listener Questions
    On this episode:
    - I am going to Europe in the spring of next year to visit a friend and decided to check off my bucket list and am taking a pottery course for two weeks in Italy! I am so excited but really nervous about getting the pieces I made back to Canada. My husband and I will be traveling for another three weeks afterwards, going to different countries so having them in my luggage makes me nervous for weight and breakage. My husband thinks I should ship them back home from Italy but trying to find shipping supplies and not speaking Italian seems really daunting plus it would be very expensive. What would you guys do? @alexa.michelle.pottery
    - Idk if y’all have done an episode on how to store/organize your inventory. But I’m just starting to selling and I’m a bit overwhelmed on where to start. I don’t have much room so I’m limited on shelving space. But keeping stuff in boxes might be difficult to keep organized.  @palmetto_mud_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 for as little as $3 per month:
    https://patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast

    Support Becca’s Patreon https://patreon.com/superpotlady if you want to get better and more efficient in your making process, plus she knows her shit!

    Follow us on Instagram:
    @wheeltalkpodcast
    @rdceramics
    @5linespottery

    Visit our website:
    www.wheeltalkpotcast.com
    Support the show

    • 1 hr 32 min
    #169 - Tim See takeaways

    #169 - Tim See takeaways

    Ryan and Becca are fresh off their interview with Tim See to talk about what they got out of the discussion that could be incorporated into their businesses. Hopefully this is a good exercise for you to reflect internally or with a friend after hearing discussions that could make your studio practice or business better.

    Resources
    #131 - "We're LIVE!" at Clay Con West
    Clay Con West - Jan 13-15, 2023
    The Maker's Playbook
    Tales of the Red Clay Rambler
    Brickyard Network

    Listener Questions
    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 for as little as $3 per month:
    https://patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast

    Support Becca’s Patreon https://patreon.com/superpotlady if you want to get better and more efficient in your making process, plus she knows her shit!

    Follow us on Instagram:
    @wheeltalkpodcast
    @rdceramics
    @5linespottery

    Visit our website:
    www.wheeltalkpotcast.com
    Support the show

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

deetzies ,

Keeps me coming back for more

The posting schedule of this podcast conveniently aligns with the day I normally work on pots, so it seems like I’m always listening to and looking forward to the latest episode of Wheel Talk. This podcast is a treasure trove of information for those like me who are trying to make a hobby or business working with clay. It is light and fun and easy to listen to. I also appreciate that they take the time to answer listener questions and/or respond on social media. Thanks Ryan and Becca for making my garage “studio” a little less boring!

@mostly_mugs

Goforandy ,

Reminds me of a department meeting

I’m a teacher and this podcast reminds me of a department. We get together and shoot the breeze for a while, get down to business, get sidetracked about nothing, and by the end of it we’ve done some good work but maybe could have been accomplished in half the time. But would it have been as fun? Probably not. Listening to Becca and Ryan for a few months has made me feel like more of the pottery community because they’re so welcoming and honest.
Also, beware, this podcast is PG-13 on a good day. Mostly some swearing but if you’ve got small kids and can’t hang with that then don’t listen in the car on your way to drop off. My kids know they’re not supposed to use “mommy and daddy words” but that didn’t stop my son repeating Becca, “A F***ING SANDWICH?!”
Good times.

dmdurbin ,

Insightful, humorous and all around fun

Just listened to the GravesCo podcast with Rebecca Graves. Loved the camaraderie between Becca, Ryan and Rebecca. They sound like 3 longtime friends who enjoy sitting around discussing all things - business, personal, health & wellness and their kitties. Really enjoyed hearing all about Rebecca’s struggles and successes with running a business. So much insight! Learning to say “no” and actually follow through and stand up for yourself is sooooo important. Look forward to to seeing the new rebrand!! Side note - The part about Rebecca’s husband and his pants was absolutely hilarious 😂. Sounds like the women that go home from work and the first thing to come off is their bra! The 2 1/2 hours flew by and I was sad when it ended.

The Aleatha Bean podcast was another of my favorites! I honestly don’t think I laughed as much listening to any other of the 140+ WheelTalk podcasts. Go and listen to it also. She’s such a sweetheart!

Btw, always here for the banter and Mayo is the right answer. 😉

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