May 5, 2013
….but not necessarily just when you are having fun. What a crazy few months it has been. Rather than bore everyone with the wonky details, here are some of the more creative things I have been up to…
(Recent work, hosting the K9 Keg Pull for Paws Park Initiative, scaring the kids on Halloween, Captain Conductor, winter in New England)
September 23, 2012
Suddenly the nights have a chill (a welcomed one!) and the leaves are just starting to turn into lemon yellows, rust and chestnut browns. Ahhh my favorite time of year.
The clean out tag sale was a success! Now there is room for new shelving, works in progress, and larger pieces! Tomorrow I have big plans to resume vase making as well as seeing glaze results on a variety of work. I am thinking positive that the new purples are as terrific as I am hoping. I am looking forward to pushing myself to make taller and taller forms. I love the challenge and reaching new heights (14 inches is my current record) is so satisfying.
Today I am learning as much as I can about the artists at the Coop and how the shop functions. The most interesting people stop in and there is so much variety to see. I look forward to getting my work up on display by week’s end.
September 13, 2012
The last month or so has been an interesting time of transitions. Sometimes it seems to take forever to get from point A to point B, but I have learned that rolling with the punches isn’t an option but a necessity. With summertime full of camp, sleepovers, family, broken bones, plans dashed by weather, the garden, and lots of time playing, it is a wonder I get anything accomplished.
With summer ending and school beginning for the kids, at the end of August I could finally begin to make more work, consider where to show it, and plan the next steps in my business plan. Some cohesive collections have come together and the latest rounds of glaze testing are this week. I have jumped back into the consignment pool and had work accepted by a sweet vintage and handmade shop here in town called Pale Circus. It felt good to meet with someone who wants to put handmade work out into the world. It felt like a good connection.
I will also soon have work for sale at the Shelburne Arts Cooperative in Shelburne Falls. I am interested to work again in collaboration with others. I am not an artist who relishes hours of solitude, just me and my craft, masterpieces made all on my own. I like feedback and creative brainstorming. It really feeds my work and inspires me to try new things. I am also looking forward to working with the public again. That is one thing I have continued to miss since leaving the gallery world.
Lastly, pictures are my goal for completion to finally launch the Etsy shop. Along with that, a launch party!
Good, good things are cooking on the stove of creativity, filling my mind with new project ideas and breathing life into past ideas I haven’t had time to nurture. Feeding my soul, too, is oh so welcomed with a big ahhh and a YES.
August 7, 2012
What did I learn this weekend? Riding the Boomerang at Lake Compounce can put a serious cramp in your Monday workday. Ouch.
The resulting backache, neck pinch and overall fun-induced fatigue had me moving slow yesterday. I am glad I planned to work on mug handles. It went pretty well so maybe avoidance won’t keep me from making mugs in the future. I do like the process of figuring out what the right fit is for the mug size. Is it big enough? How does it feel when the mug is full of liquid? Is the mug too heavy? Two finger or whole hand handle? I have to admit that I am pretty anal when it comes to how my morning coffee feels in my hand. The true answers to these questions won’t be revealed until they are completed after glazing and firing again so we will see in a few weeks! Right now they are drying and will be ready to bisque next week.
I am happy to say I dropped off my work for consideration at the Shelburne Arts Cooperative yesterday and will hear by Friday what they think. I am excited to be back on the gallery floor, meeting potential customers, and getting my work out there.
Lastly, new glaze research. Time consuming, but very necessary. You’ve all seen the Forget Me Not Blue with Butter. Just like looking for a dress you have an image of in your mind, I have the color combo in my head and am hunting for the right recipes. Keep you posted!
August 1, 2012
Slowly but surely the Forget Me Not collection is coming together. The positive feedback so far has been a great motivator and seeing the results from the kiln a real boost, too. I am developing two other lines with distinctive palettes of their own (when I get the colors right you’ll find out what they are) and items for the ‘fun’ category on the site.
Monday I am applying to the Shelburne Arts Cooperative and hope that they feel more work will fit amongst what they already carry. I am excited to (finally) have my work in a shop again. This fall I plan to have a reception of some sort to showcase all the new work
July 19, 2012
I am in the process of evaluating past ideas, successful pieces, new things to try and what is ready to stock and sell. Here are some pieces that have endured as strong and beautiful in my book.
July 13, 2012
I haven’t been to this space in so long I realize as I look at the date of my last entry. Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
I return today with a new outlook on my work and where we are going together. It is leading me, I am nurturing it, and slowly we are finding our way. It must be slow as my body has demanded it. I almost said that is unfortunate, but it is what it is.
And so with renewed vigor I am coming home. I hope you’ll come back along the way with me as I dust off my tools, clean out the cobwebs and begin to breathe new life into what has been waiting to be awoken. Just in time for my birthday