Julie Spako | Episode 907

Julie Spako and I lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and twin boys. Julie began with ceramics in Large Faculty and ongoing to get a insignificant in ceramics from Syracuse University in 1995. Julie helps make substantial fire stoneware and porcelain serving and dinnerware. Julie loves pattern and surface texture. Julie handbuilds all of her items. This allows Julie a freedom in type, and the potential to focus on the surface area style and design.


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Is it comforting to know that your perform is by now offered when you are earning it?

Yeah, for certain. And the way that I perform now with stores and galleries is a whole lot of instances they will just give me a funds. This is how considerably I want to devote. And I get to place collectively the total buy. I get to make regardless of what I want and do what ever patterns I want. From time to time they say, I really don’t like the birds or I just want 80 p.c blue or some persons will say, Make 12 cups, I never treatment what you do on them.  That is my preferred way to get the job done and that is mostly what my orders are.

Is that for the reason that you have grown to a level wherever they have a particular level of rely on for you?

I feel so. Due to the fact I have a line sheet and I have type quantities. Some people today do like that and do use that but it’s A common and I say suitable away I try out to hold it adaptable because I have so many various designs there is no way I could have a structure range for every single style and design. Individuals will deliver me a monitor shot. Just deliver me this. Send out me almost everything in this photo. Or , you know I retain it flexible even nevertheless there haven’t truly been incredibly a lot of misunderstandings. But it keeps it fascinating.

Does that also assistance with re-orders, to be capable to have these relationships?

Previous year I only took on just one new wholesale account. There was a time when I had thirty wholesale accounts but they ended up all very small orders. And then   I would say maybe now I have ten that I continue to keep. And I would transition from wholesale but it is not the same assure of profits and  I essentially actually cherish my relationships.

So it is comforting for you to know that there is just about a confirmed stream of profits. 

Indeed, for guaranteed. I just take an get and fulfill it. I don’t have to get worried. When I was accomplishing reveals and craft fairs  I might function for 6 months and hope to promote matters. There was no assure. That I could make 500 pounds for  months of work. Which is not sustainable. And I do get custom orders. I have to have to get more streamlined. That is my aim is to not have so a lot of possibilities but restrict it on my orders.

So what I hear you saying is that is better to have fifteen or twenty customers as apposed to attempting to have a thousand buyers to re-purchase. A thousand people today. 

Yeah, I in no way imagined about it like that. I do have collectors. And from time to time my function, as soon as I start promotion it will promote out just before it even reaches the keep. And I do make 50 percent of that earnings. The challenge with it is I give my advised mark up and it is fifty percent but not all people sells it for that. Some men and women market it for a large amount a lot more. And I never know how much they offer it for unless of course they set it on line. That has assisted me recognize that I could make a great deal much more funds. When you are commencing out you are just pleased to be working and have some dollars coming in.

How do you come across your wholesalers? Or how did they come across you?

Nicely typically by means of Instagram. But a person of the major investments I at any time designed was doing work for a business referred to as Wholesale in a Box And the female who runs it, Emily, she also started off a software termed One Mill School, but she is basically a enterprise mentor where they would ship you 20 leads a month. It was fundamentally cold contacting in the beginning. I would deliver out an email with my line sheet and hope men and women would open it. And I did get responses.


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