January 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

10:00AM-12:00PM PT / 1:00PM-3:00PM ET

Instructor: Melissa Weiss

Running a Pottery Business and Studio with Melissa Weiss

Melissa will talk all about her experience running a pottery business and life as a potter. She will talk about pacing and figuring out the year in advance, pricing work, applying to shows, working efficiently, wholesale, retail, shipping, prioritizing time/work, photographing, social media, having an apprentice/employee. 

There is no demonstration in this workshop. Melissa will present the first hour and the second hour will be open for participants to ask in-depth questions, and hear more from Melissa upon request. All workshops are hosted by the Sonoma Ceramics staff; participants will be encouraged to ask questions using the chat forum in Zoom, and the staff will communicate these questions to Melissa.

Students will receive the Zoom recording of the workshop to watch at their convenience for two weeks after the workshop (this will be sent to you 24 hours after the workshop).  If you cannot attend the whole workshop, or just want to receive the recording you may do so- you’ll have the video to watch for 2 weeks after the workshop is over.

Participants must pre-register for the workshop to get the Zoom link. Once you register, the link will be in your confirmation email. 


All Levels
All Ages

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Melissa Weiss

Melissa Weiss


Melissa Weiss is originally from NY. She received her BFA in photography in 2000 from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Melissa currently resides in Asheville, NC where she runs a studio housing over 20 artists in an 8000 square foot warehouse called SouthSideStudios near the Swannanoa River. She is a full time studio potter. Melissa makes functional high fired pots from clay she digs on her land in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Melissa is a self taught potter yet has learned from many potters in the Asheville area. Melissa has attended John C. Campbell, Penland and Arrowmont as a studio assistant ,a work study and a teacher for wood fire workshops. Melissa has spent the last 15 years learning how to fire wood and gas fueled kilns. Melissa is the author of the book “Hand Built, A Potter’s Guide” Melissa makes all her own clay, glazes and slips and fires them in gas and wood fired reduction kilns to cone 10.