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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 studio potter, 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 • 107 Ratings

Ryan Durbin (@rdceramics) & Becca Otis (@5linespottery) share their experiences as potters, makers, small business owners, and creatives. Becca is a full time studio potter, 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!

    #226 - Kiln size matters

    #226 - Kiln size matters

    Ryan & Becca get deep into kilns on today's episode to give some insight into how you may choose your next kiln based on your studio production. They cover a range of kiln body sizes from the L&L & Skutt lines, as well as a few others along the way. Good luck if you're in the market for a kiln and let us know if you have any questions to help you make the decision a little easier. Enjoy!

    Listener Questions
    On this episode:
    - Do you use Etys ads? If so, how do you decide what listings are best to advertise, and how much money to put into ads? Thanks friends @bluenosetrading
    - I would love to get a larger kiln when I expand my studio space next year and I’m totally sold on an L&L! But I don’t know which kiln to get. Can y’all do a segment (sponsored or not) on kiln sizes? I currently have a Skutt 822. Not sure I could get a much taller kiln because I’m short (5’2”) but really am outgrowing the kiln size. What’s a great next size up for potters who do “semi-production” work? @thepotterymason

    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.

    Sponsors - L&L Kilns
    The durable kiln that potters trust to fire evenly & consistently. Find your L&L kiln at hotkilns.com

    Support the show on Patreon for as little as $3 per month: https://patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast

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

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    www.wheeltalkpotcast.com
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    • 1 hr 58 min
    #225 - What influences a buyer to purchase?

    #225 - What influences a buyer to purchase?

    Ryan & Becca are back together this week to recap some of the points discussed last week on Becca's solo episode about her shows. To relate back to a more broad topic, Ryan get's into what he feels influences buyers to purchase from you at shows. Hopefully you were able to reflect on your booth set-up and interactions at shows to see where you're doing well and maybe some areas of improvement. Thanks for listening!

    Listener Questions
    On this episode:
    - As the holiday season is gearing up, I’ve been trying to figure out how to maximize my time/output in the studio so I can take advantage of the additional shopping/spending this time of year, especially because I know January-April will be the slow season.   Do you make any changes to your studio schedule/the way you allocate your time to make sure you’re making the most of the holiday season? For instance, would you take vacation time from your full time job so that you can increase production in the studio during these month? Also, do you change your focus once January hits? For instance, do you focus on reaching out to wholesalers, focus on online updates, etc since there are less in person markets? @marg.ceramics

    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.

    Sponsors - L&L Kilns
    The durable kiln that potters trust to fire evenly & consistently. Find your L&L kiln at hotkilns.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
    Wheel Talk YouTube Channel
    Support the show

    • 1 hr 40 min
    #224 - Becca’s on the road

    #224 - Becca’s on the road

    Becca shares some thoughts on her drive back to Indianapolis after a show weekend in Louisville, KY. She covers some thoughts around what a positive show looks like for her, how she's feeling about shows this year, and how she plans to move forward. We hope you enjoy this raw solo episode with Becca and stick around next week when Ryan shares some thoughts about it.

    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.

    Sponsors - L&L Kilns
    The durable kiln that potters trust to fire evenly & consistently. Find your L&L kiln at hotkilns.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
    Wheel Talk YouTube Channel
    Support the show

    • 37 min
    #223 - Health & safety in the studio

    #223 - Health & safety in the studio

    Ryan & Becca answer a frequent listener questions about how to keep your studio clean, from handling water usage, clay dust, reclaim, equipment, managing a packing & shipping station, and how we can make the space sustainable for the long term. Enjoy and happy cleaning!

    Resources
    For Flux Sake Podcast
    Safety in the Ceramics Studio by Jeff Zamek

    Listener Questions
    On this episode:
    - How do you know when it’s time to change thermocouple? I have a Skutt. The metal part of thermocouple looks black and dropping black flecks inside kiln. One person I asked said “wait until it fails and kiln will tell you”. Not sure I want to risk a kiln load of firing that way. Do you have a better recommendation? @sarahhagopian
    - Health, safety and cleanliness in a (shared) studio space @annaduweke
    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.

    Sponsors - L&L Kilns
    The durable kiln that potters trust to fire evenly & consistently. Find your L&L kiln at hotkilns.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
    Wheel Talk YouTube Channel
    Support the show

    • 2 hr 3 min
    #222 - Building partnerships with companies

    #222 - Building partnerships with companies

    Ryan & Becca share some updates about their lively week together before getting to some listener questions and finally the topic for today: building partnerships with companies. There's no copy and paste message you can send out to the companies you'd like to partner with, but you can certainly be yourself and share how you'd make a great person to talk about their products. Best of luck if you're thinking about reaching out to some companies for collaborations.

    Listener Questions
    On this episode:
    - Hello, love the podcast and have been listening since the beginning! This is my first question on the show. SO, I was vending a show this past weekend and dealt with a very rude, disrespectful person which was unfortunately one of the other vendors. I've had unpleasant customers before but this was another level especially since it was a vendor. Since then I've been thinking about it and wish I had handled it differently... I was very passive/defensive but wish I went on the offense a bit more. So the question is how do you deal with a toxic person at an event? Thank you! @earthengoat
    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.

    Sponsors - L&L Kilns
    The durable kiln that potters trust to fire evenly & consistently. Find your L&L kiln at hotkilns.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
    Wheel Talk YouTube Channel
    Support the show

    • 2 hr 14 min
    #221 - Fostering community as a family with Milissa & Eric Beale from Beale Pottery

    #221 - Fostering community as a family with Milissa & Eric Beale from Beale Pottery

    Ryan & Becca are together in-person today at Ryan's while they chat virtually with Milissa and Eric Beale from Beale Pottery in northwest Indiana. They chat about their recent grand opening celebration, managing the business as a husband & wife team,  balancing multiple styles of work, class/workshop offerings, financial risk of relying only on pottery income for the family, and plenty more. Tons of laughs and value gained from our discussion today thanks to Milissa and Eric.
    -----Find more about the Beale's business below-----
    Instagram - @beale_pottery
    Website - https://www.bealepottery.com/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/BealePottery/
    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.

    Sponsors - L&L Kilns
    The durable kiln that potters trust to fire evenly & consistently. Find your L&L kiln at hotkilns.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
    Wheel Talk YouTube Channel
    Support the show

    • 2 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

Diane at Balanced Bites ,

A perfect listen for long studio sessions!

At first the length and format of this show seemed long to me, and then I turned it on while throwing and trimming… and my opinion totally changed!

I love hearing longtime potters chatting / talking shop, and hearing from others they bring on as guests is also great. Thanks you two for doing this! It makes me feel less alone while working in my home studio space!

- @dianesanfilippo / @dianeceramics on Instagram.

UANash ,

I always learn something

As a newbie I alway learn something new on the podcast. Listening has turned into a Saturday morning ritual while drinking my morning coffee. I love to new 2 hour format!! I like ver the interview with Link Henderson, so informative.

This week I learned why beer steins must be very smooth on the inside. I’m always learning something.

The Pottery Mason ,

Makes me a better potter!

I’ve been a Wheel Talk listener for years so this review has been a long time coming! I will never understand the people who give this podcast anything less than 5 stars because the runtime is long. Well, buckle up for this review, buddy.

I freaking love this podcast. Becca and Ryan have a wealth of clay and business experience that they willingly share for FREE with all of their listeners. Moreover, they’re generous with their time and energy outside of the podcast as well. They’re quick to answer any question with thoughtful responses and advice. This podcast has given me more great tips, tricks, food for thought, and encouragement than I ever could have expected.

Like many listeners, I work alone in a home studio, and Becca and Ryan have become like my studio-mates. Their banter in the beginning and throughout each episode is welcome background conversation and regularly makes me laugh. It’s been a joy to follow each of their journeys through the clay business, and their ups-and-downs and topics of discussion have helped me become a better potter and businessperson.

Thanks for everything you do, Becca and Ryan! Never change! And to the jerks who give Wheel Talk less than 5 stars, honestly, get a life. Don’t you have something better to do?

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