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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

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    • 4.8 • 84 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!

    #123 - How was Becca's fancy "cupdate?"

    #123 - How was Becca's fancy "cupdate?"

    Ryan & Becca start off with some Thanksgiving talk: favorite sides, desserts, and whether turkey is overrated.  They answer some listener questions before diving into Becca's most recent Fancy cup update (aka "cupdate").  Each of them have their own ways of preparing an update and deciding how they went afterwards. Becca also got a new studio addition in a recent trade. We hope you get a few takeaways or enjoy the tangents.
    Listener Questions
    On this episode:
    - I am very new and have just finished my second art show, it went so well and I guess I’m still underpricing my work since I always get the “you should be charging more for this!” compliments from customers and other vendors. However, I get stuck on the few who ask for a discount if they buy multiples (aka if I get two mugs will you give me a deal?) Do you have any go-to responses for questions like this that I can go to instead of awkwardly tripping over my words? @pinebugpottery
    - Do you keep separate inventories for shows and online sales? What is the best way to sell seconds? I always worry that selling them alongside my first will somehow devalue firsts, is that crazy talk? Do you use different selling platforms for certain works? I.e. certain lines/styles of pottery you create? TTFN @easternslopeceramics

    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/Wheeltalkpodcast

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

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    www.wheeltalkpotcast.com
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    #122 - Atmospheric firing with Trevor Daugherty from Trevor Clayworks

    #122 - Atmospheric firing with Trevor Daugherty from Trevor Clayworks

    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.com
    Website - https://www.trevorclayworks.com/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/trevorclayworks/

    Resources:
    Michiana Pottery Tour
    Soda, Clay and Fire, a book by Gail Nichols
    Low-Fire Soda, a book by Justin Rothshank

    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:
    https://patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast

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

    Visit our website:
    www.wheeltalkpotcast.com
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

    • 1 hr 52 min
    #121 - Don't be like Becca: Show Edition

    #121 - Don't be like Becca: Show Edition

    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 Questions
    On 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.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/Wheeltalkpodcast

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

    Visit our website:
    www.wheeltalkpotcast.com


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

    • 1 hr 53 min
    #120 - Kiln loading 101

    #120 - Kiln loading 101

    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.

    Resources
    https://digitalfire.com/glossary/vitrification
    Listener Questions
    On 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 @andreiamonizzz
    Can 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/Wheeltalkpodcast

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

    Visit our website:
    www.wheeltalkpotcast.com


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

    • 1 hr 22 min
    #119 - Handbuilding & Rainbows with Amy Brummond from Pine Zen Pottery

    #119 - Handbuilding & Rainbows with Amy Brummond from Pine Zen Pottery

    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 - @pinezenpottery
    Website - https://www.pinezenpottery.com/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pinezenpottery
    The Potters Cast - Episode 585: A Maker's Marketing Ideas | Amy Brummond

    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:
    https://patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast

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

    Visit our website:
    www.wheeltalkpotcast.com
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

    • 1 hr 55 min
    #118 - "Successful Art Business Practices" at the Indiana Clay Conference

    #118 - "Successful Art Business Practices" at the Indiana Clay Conference

    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: @indianaclayconference
    Rebecca Graves Prowse: @gravesco
    Josh Heim: @jhpotteryworks
    Justin Rothshank: @jrothshank

    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:
    https://patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast

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

    Visit our website:
    www.wheeltalkpotcast.com
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Wheeltalkpodcast)

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

MissyWyeKnot ,

So glad I found you! 😁🎉So sad I’m caught up!!😫

I found you guys this spring and have happily been listening while I work. I’m a flower Farmer so I spend a lot of time in the field. Alone. Perfect podcast time! I’ve been looking for certain types of pots & planters… can’t find what I want so I’m diving into pottery this winter!! I did have clay in high school & still have access to my teacher, she and I are good friends.

My hands are muddy almost every day, but different kind of mud😂🤣. Looking so forward to using clay again & I feel like I’ve learned so much already from your “potcast”, the videos Becca has posted and all the links & guests I now follow that you’ve introduced me to!!

My only complaint is that - HORRORS -😡😫 I’VE CAUGHT UP!!!! I wish you had more recorded. So now I have to wait til you post. So sad. But I’ll *try* to be patient.
Keep the fun coming!! 😁

Thanks for your candor and humor. I laugh out loud every during episode & love all the Disney references, even when you don’t know what movie the songs are from ( Hello Mulan!) 😂😂😂

I’m hoping to be good enough & lucky enough 🤞 to participate in Pot Swap Official 2022!!!

I’ll keep you posted on my progress , or lack there of!

Melissa

purpleAMJ ,

Makes my Saturday morning!

Wheel Talk is a absolutely wonderful podcast. I feel that I’m kicking in the studio talking with friends about how to really make as it potter/ artist.

I’m clay sculptor who is re-emerging after illness and moving cross country. A lot has changed since I was selling my work. Becca and Ryan give great tips and strategies to sell your work. There episodes on selling at art shows, selling online, fabulous interviews and much much much more.

I feel that Becca and Ryan are friends I’ve never met. Yes I do talk back to the podcast. It delights me every Saturday morning when podcast drop.

Pottery by Chris Burch ,

I’m So Glad I Found This Podcast!!!!!

I’ve been meaning to write this review for some time. While searching for a pottery-related podcast about two years ago, I happened upon Wheel Talk. When I saw the pink tile with their caricatures on it, I remember thinking, “Oh I have to listen to this one.” Little did I know just how much I would enjoy it! Becca and Ryan are so genuine in their information sharing. They are very knowledgeable, entertaining and so much fun to listen to. Wheel Talk has become an invaluable staple in my studio each week and I have learned so much along the way. I look forward to each new episode. Thank you Becca and Ryan!!!

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