The Pin Tool Podcast | Pottery | Ceramics | Small Business

A pottery podcast by artist /owner Al Wayman of Creek Road Pottery in Laceyville, Pennsylvania, next to the cold Tuscarora Creek. Pull up a chair around the wheel as we discuss topics concerning the art and craft of pottery, good books, storytelling, marketing, and creating work that matters for folks who care.

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Monday May 13, 2024

Welcome to the latest episode of "The Pin Tool Podcast," where art meets entrepreneurship. I'm your host, Al Wayman, from Creek Road Pottery LLC, guiding you through the multifaceted world of pottery and business. In this episode, Alford has a discussion with his virtual assistant, Amelia, an Artificial Intelligence Chatbot. They explore how understanding your Key Resources is crucial for crafting a successful business model in the creative industry. Today, we're diving into Key Resources, as outlined in the book "Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers." Whether you're a seasoned artist or just starting out, learning to compose the right mix of Key Resources can transform your art into a thriving business. The Business Model Canvas: https://www.strategyzer.com/library/the-business-model-canvasHow To Build a Start-up. By Steve Blank:https://www.udacity.com/course/how-to-build-a-startup--ep245Startup Owner's Manual. by Steve Blank:https://www.amazon.com/Startup-Owners-Manual-Step-Step/dp/1119690684/My Pottery Journal. By Al Waymanhttps://creekroadpottery.com/product/my-pottery-journal/The Cost Analysis Spread sheet:https://creekroadpottery.com/pottery-cost-analysis-spread-sheet/The Pottery Dailies:https://creekroadpottery.com/the-pottery-dailies/The Creek Road Pottery LLC Blog:https://creekroadpottery.com/blog/Creek Road Pottery Pen Pal Program:https://creekroadpottery.com/pottery-pen-pal-program/ 

Tuesday Apr 30, 2024

It was a privilege to be there firing with the team at the Bill Moon kiln of Imagine Peace Pottery and learning the more advanced and planned firing techniques rather than simply having the goal of making temperature. Having a plan means thinking about how to influence the pots by even the type of wood or materials burned.
In this firing, raku low-fire pots were made by placing them in the rear of the kiln near the chimney. At the correct temperature, a built-in back door was opened, and pots were pulled out hot and reduced in a container, creating copper colors and smoke lines.
At wood firings community is built. Many other artists gathered to fire work, some from long distances, to participate. An Amish family brought doughnuts, and the family and children stopped by, and a few customers came to see the firing. It was a privilege to learn from such a fantastic community of people and make new friends. It’s about time to stoke again.The Bill Moon Wood Kiln Opening 4/27/2024 video. Click here!Pulling the Fire DoorKiln Centerline Management

Monday Apr 15, 2024

Welcome to the latest episode of "The Pin Tool Podcast," where art meets entrepreneurship. I'm your host, Al Wayman, from Creek Road Pottery LLC, guiding you through the multifaceted world of pottery and business. Today, we're diving into Customer Relationships, as outlined in the book "Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers." This episode will explore how understanding your Customer Relationships is crucial for crafting a successful business model in the creative industry. Whether you're a seasoned artist or just starting out, learning to compose the right mix of customer relationships can transform your art into a thriving business. The Business Model Canvas: https://www.strategyzer.com/library/the-business-model-canvasHow To Build a Start-up. By Steve Blank:https://www.udacity.com/course/how-to-build-a-startup--ep245Startup Owner's Manual. by Steve Blank:https://www.amazon.com/Startup-Owners-Manual-Step-Step/dp/1119690684/My Pottery Journal. By Al Waymanhttps://creekroadpottery.com/product/my-pottery-journal/The Cost Analysis Spread sheet:https://creekroadpottery.com/pottery-cost-analysis-spread-sheet/The Pottery Dailies:https://creekroadpottery.com/the-pottery-dailies/The Creek Road Pottery LLC Blog:https://creekroadpottery.com/blog/Creek Road Pottery Pen Pal Program:https://creekroadpottery.com/pottery-pen-pal-program/ 

Sunday Mar 31, 2024

Welcome to the latest episode of "The Pin Tool Podcast," where art meets entrepreneurship. I'm your host, Al Wayman, from Creek Road Pottery LLC, guiding you through the multifaceted world of pottery and business. Today, we're diving into the idea of pottery as a vocation, as discussed in the video "Elizabeth Gilbert on Distinguishing Between Hobbies, Jobs, Careers, & Vocation | Acumen Academy"
This episode will explore how understanding the four terms hobby, job, careers, and vocation is crucial for how you see yourself and your pottery while working a full-time job or having a career. Whether you're a seasoned artist or just starting out, this video by Elizabeth Gilbert will be helpful to you.Book Mentioned:
Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts First Editionby Alexander Langlands
 
About:
Al Wayman's work and website:
www.creekroadpottery.comMy Pottery Journal. By Al Waymanhttps://creekroadpottery.com/product/my-pottery-journal/The Pottery Dailies:https://creekroadpottery.com/the-pottery-dailies/The Creek Road Pottery LLC Blog:https://creekroadpottery.com/blog/Creek Road Pottery Pen Pal Program:https://creekroadpottery.com/pottery-pen-pal-program/

Sunday Mar 17, 2024

Welcome to the latest episode of "The Pin Tool Podcast," where art meets entrepreneurship. I'm your host, Al Wayman, from Creek Road Pottery LLC, guiding you through the multifaceted world of pottery and business. Today, we're diving into the concept of Channels, as outlined in the book "Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers." This episode will explore how understanding your Channels are crucial for crafting a successful business model in the creative industry. Whether you're a seasoned artist or just starting out, learning to compose the right mix of channels can transform your art into a thriving business. The Business Model Canvas: https://www.strategyzer.com/library/the-business-model-canvasHow To Build a Start-up. By Steve Blank:https://www.udacity.com/course/how-to-build-a-startup--ep245Startup Owner's Manual. by Steve Blank:https://www.amazon.com/Startup-Owners-Manual-Step-Step/dp/1119690684/My Pottery Journal. By Al Waymanhttps://creekroadpottery.com/product/my-pottery-journal/The Cost Analysis Spread sheet:https://creekroadpottery.com/pottery-cost-analysis-spread-sheet/The Pottery Dailies:https://creekroadpottery.com/the-pottery-dailies/The Creek Road Pottery LLC Blog:https://creekroadpottery.com/blog/Creek Road Pottery Pen Pal Program:https://creekroadpottery.com/pottery-pen-pal-program/
The Cry Pots:https://www.facebook.com/alford.wayman/videos/441678594958937The Good Pots:https://www.facebook.com/alford.wayman/videos/7259756667440015

Sunday Mar 03, 2024

Welcome to the latest episode of "The Pin Tool Podcast," where art meets entrepreneurship. I'm your host, Al Wayman, from Creek Road Pottery LLC, guiding you through the multifaceted world of pottery and business. Today, we're diving into the concept of Revenue Streams, as outlined in the book "Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers." This episode will explore how understanding your Revenue Streams are crucial for crafting a successful business model in the creative industry. Whether you're a seasoned artist or just starting out, learning to identify your unique Revenue Streams can transform your art into a thriving business. The Business Model Canvas: https://www.strategyzer.com/library/the-business-model-canvasHow To Build a Start-up. By Steve Blank:https://www.udacity.com/course/how-to-build-a-startup--ep245Startup Owner's Manual. by Steve Blank:https://www.amazon.com/Startup-Owners-Manual-Step-Step/dp/1119690684/My Pottery Journal. By Al Waymanhttps://creekroadpottery.com/product/my-pottery-journal/The Cost Analysis Spread sheet:https://creekroadpottery.com/pottery-cost-analysis-spread-sheet/The Pottery Dailies:https://creekroadpottery.com/the-pottery-dailies/The Creek Road Pottery LLC Blog:https://creekroadpottery.com/blog/Creek Road Pottery Pen Pal Program:https://creekroadpottery.com/pottery-pen-pal-program/

Sunday Feb 18, 2024

Welcome to the latest episode of "The Pin Tool Podcast," where art meets entrepreneurship. I'm your host, Al Wayman, from Creek Road Pottery LLC, guiding you through the multifaceted world of pottery and business. Today, we're diving into the concept of Value Propositions, as outlined in the book "Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers." This episode will explore how understanding your Value Propositions are crucial for crafting a successful business model in the creative industry. Whether you're a seasoned artist or just starting out, learning to identify your unique Value Propositions can transform your art into a thriving business. The Business Model Canvas: https://www.strategyzer.com/library/the-business-model-canvasHow To Build a Start-up. By Steve Blank:https://www.udacity.com/course/how-to-build-a-startup--ep245Startup Owner's Manual. by Steve Blank:https://www.amazon.com/Startup-Owners-Manual-Step-Step/dp/1119690684/My Pottery Journal. By Al Waymanhttps://creekroadpottery.com/product/my-pottery-journal/The Cost Analysis Spread sheet:https://creekroadpottery.com/pottery-cost-analysis-spread-sheet/The Pottery Dailies:https://creekroadpottery.com/the-pottery-dailies/The Creek Road Pottery LLC Blog:https://creekroadpottery.com/blog/Creek Road Pottery Pen Pal Program:https://creekroadpottery.com/pottery-pen-pal-program/

Sunday Feb 04, 2024

Welcome to the latest episode of "The Pin Tool Podcast," where art meets entrepreneurship. I'm your host, Al Wayman, from Creek Road Pottery LLC, guiding you through the multifaceted world of pottery and business. Today, we're diving into the concept of Customer Segments, as outlined in the groundbreaking book "Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers." This episode will explore how understanding your customer segments is crucial for crafting a successful business model in the creative industry. Whether you're a seasoned artist or just starting out, learning to identify and cater to your unique customer segments can transform your art into a thriving business. The Business Model Canvas: https://www.strategyzer.com/library/the-business-model-canvasHow To Build a Start-up. By Steve Blank:https://www.udacity.com/course/how-to-build-a-startup--ep245Startup Owner's Manual. by Steve Blank:https://www.amazon.com/Startup-Owners-Manual-Step-Step/dp/1119690684/My Pottery Journal. By Al Waymanhttps://creekroadpottery.com/product/my-pottery-journal/The Cost Analysis Spread sheet:https://creekroadpottery.com/pottery-cost-analysis-spread-sheet/The Pottery Dailies:https://creekroadpottery.com/the-pottery-dailies/The Creek Road Pottery LLC Blog:https://creekroadpottery.com/blog/Creek Road Pottery Pen Pal Program:https://creekroadpottery.com/pottery-pen-pal-program/

Monday Jan 22, 2024

Welcome to "The Pin Tool Podcast," hosted by Al Wayman, artist and owner of Creek Road Pottery LLC. This latest episode delves into the intricacies of the Business Model Canvas, a strategic tool essential for any artist who wants to become an entrepreneur. Join us as I try to unravel the complexities of this model, making it accessible and actionable for potters and creatives alike. Whether you're forming your business or your next mug, this episode will guide you in blending art with entrepreneurship. Let's get started!Recourses Mentioned:The Business Model Canvas:  https://www.strategyzer.com/library/the-business-model-canvasHow To Build a Start-up. By Steve Blank:https://www.udacity.com/course/how-to-build-a-startup--ep245Startup Owner's Manual. by Steve Blank:https://www.amazon.com/Startup-Owners-Manual-Step-Step/dp/1119690684/My Pottery Journal. By Al Waymanhttps://creekroadpottery.com/product/my-pottery-journal/The Cost Analysis Spread sheet:https://creekroadpottery.com/pottery-cost-analysis-spread-sheet/The Pottery Dailies:https://creekroadpottery.com/the-pottery-dailies/The Creek Road Pottery LLC Blog:https://creekroadpottery.com/blog/Creek Road Pottery Pen Pal Program:https://creekroadpottery.com/pottery-pen-pal-program/
 

Monday Jan 08, 2024

Welcome back to The Pin Tool Podcast, the show where we dive deep into the art of thriving in our personal and professional lives. I'm Al Wayman of Creek Road Pottery LLC, and in today's special episode, we're setting the stage for the year ahead. As we stand at the threshold of a new year, it's the perfect time to reflect, recalibrate, and set meaningful goals. Whether you're a long-time listener or joining us for the first time, this episode is designed to inspire and guide you through the process of creating a vision for your year. Links to books and materials mentioned:The Creek Road Pottery: My Pottery Journal
Pottery Cost Analysis Spread Sheet Free Download
The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company. By Steve Blank
The Business Model Canvas
Free Business Class "How to Build A Startup" By Steve Blank
"The Practice: Shipping Creative Work." by Seth GodinHero on a Mission: The Power of Finding Your Role in Life: The Path to a Meaningful Life. by Donald Miller
 

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I was introduced to clay in a basic ceramic class at Keystone College in 1996. It was there that I saw artist and professor Bill Tersteeg turn a large bowl on his wheel. I fell in love with clay as a medium because I was able to manipulate it in many ways far easier than painting or drawing. After achieving my AFA, I then spent three years at Marywood University where I completed my BFA in Ceramics. During that time I worked as an apprentice at Wild Flower Pottery in Thompson PA, with artist Sharon DiGennaro.

 

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