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Glass/Cash Survey

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DonMcClennen
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Glass/Cash Survey

Postby DonMcClennen » Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:00 pm

In the just published "New Glass Review#39" there is quite an extensive survey of $ earnings for those in various fields involving glass eg: artists, business, industry, etc. The detailed summary report will be interesting to many here on this board. My initial take away is: this, generally is not a very lucrative occupation/pastime. A very very few make a decent amount of $ that would support a comfortable lifestyle.
For those interested in reading the full report my copy of Review 39 came with the latest copy (summer 2018 No 151) of The UrbanGlass Quarterly. #-o
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Re: Glass/Cash Survey

Postby Judd » Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:32 pm

Glass has always been a hobby for me that happens to make a little money on the side. However, with the exception of very few that describes art in general. Few of us become Dale Chihuly or Damien Hirst (god forbid), but if we can make Cool we can make a little money.

Marty
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Re: Glass/Cash Survey

Postby Marty » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:23 pm

Amazingly inconsistent income- fat years, lean years.

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Re: Glass/Cash Survey

Postby JestersBaubles » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:02 pm

I saw something the other day about about making it as an artist. I think it was a book, and I thought I downloaded it, but I can't find it so I guess I didn't :).

Anyway, the first point of advice was, "don't quit your day job".

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Re: Glass/Cash Survey

Postby jim simmons » Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:25 pm

Boy, Dana you hit it right on the head.
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jim burchett
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Re: Glass/Cash Survey

Postby jim burchett » Thu Aug 13, 2020 2:54 pm

Happy if the work supports itself...thank my Union for a good pension.
"No, you cant scare Me, I'm sticking to the UNION. I'm stickin to the UNION till the day I die" Woody Guthrie

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Re: Glass/Cash Survey

Postby Kevin Midgley » Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:11 pm

The basic issue with creating in glass is not charging enough for what you create.
If you charge enough, you may be surprised at what you can earn from your glass work.
If you are not charging what an electrician or plumber is making, then you are not charging enough.
If what you make does not sell, then make something else that does.
Someone who complains about your prices will not find what you are selling at a big box store.

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Re: Glass/Cash Survey

Postby jim simmons » Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:22 pm

Sometimes you are NOT charging enough.
When I was doing shows, I ran into a situation than I was charging $4.00 for some coasters. One of the vendors told me to raise the price.
I asked her "why" they are not selling now.
Well I tried and raised the price to $9.00 and sold every one.
Who knows?
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Re: Glass/Cash Survey

Postby Marty » Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:48 pm

My first wholesale account's (lo these many years...) first reaction to slow sales was to move things around in his store. Then he'd start raising prices. And keep raising prices. It worked.
Most of us undervalue our work and our time.
I'm raising prices tomorrow.


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