England has a rich history of pottery makers. The Little Pot Company continues the traditional craft to bring handmade pottery to a new generation.
I have previously produced ceramics under the name Woodseats Pottery and sold through Etsy. Whilst considering a house and studio move I decided to change the business name.
New online store for handmade pottery
There were many names floating around but finally my sister-in-law Helen suggested The Little Pot Company and I loved it. I think it sums up the business very well.
I decided to open up my own online store instead of using Etsy. Whilst Etsy was great to start selling pots I don't think it is a good long term option. If I'm going to promote a site through social media or other advertising I'd rather it be my own.
I have chosen Shopify to host my store. There are tonnes of options for eccomerce nowadays but overall Shopify seemed to give the best solution.
Some available domains for pottery business ideas
Here's a list of some other domain that are available at the time of writing. Maybe they will inspire someone else who is starting a pottery business or ceramics cafe.
How I design handmade mugs
Although there is only me making the pottery I want to create a full range of stoneware tableware. The range will hopefully provide all the types of pots a modern household may use.
These pots have evolved in design as they have been used in my own home. Whenever I make a new mug for instance it will be put on the shelf with the others. My wife Helen is very honest and will tell me if she needs a slightly bigger handle to get a better grip. My friends and family will often comment on their favorite glaze colours. Which items sell best from my shop is a great indicator. All these little inputs help me move forward and improve.
I gravitate towards certain mugs for my morning tea, I'm not even sure why sometimes. Whichever mugs get the most use are made again, maybe with small tweaks. The less well used ones are put in the cupboard of doom!
My bowls, plates and other tableware go through a similar process. Perhaps the plate rim needs to be slightly deeper, or a cereal bowl needs to be a little lighter.
I heard a potter say once that their work should look handmade but well made. This is the ethos I try and stick to.