Today my husband and I drove up to Asheville to set up my space at the new Kress Emporium II. It is located at 27 Patton Ave. 2 doors down from the the original Kress. The store is smaller and the spaces are small but it has a great mix of artists. I just love downtown Asheville, it's so artsy and fun.
After we finished setup, I took my husband out to lunch for his birthday. He's such a trooper for spending the whole weekend at my job. (The CCM Pottery Festival was Saturday)
Last week I shipped out an order for the Village Craftsmen Gallery in Ocracoke Island, NC. Look out for my pots there soon. This week I need to make a few items to fill my kiln. I am thinking yarn bowls, mugs, and garlic graters.
Then I must finish getting things collected for our garage sale next Saturday. I am doing some major spring cleaning after 10 years in our house. There is so much STUFF collected over the years and because there is so much closet and storage space some closets are filled with stuff not used in years.
Last Saturday I had a booth at the CCM Pottery Festival. It was a beautiful day with many joyous shoppers.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of teaching three 5th grade art classes at Smithfield Elementary on how to make a hanging wall vase. Each student had their own style with some very minimal texturing of the slabs and others went all out and stamped like crazy. I was amazed by some of the students that had an obvious artistic talent. I few days ago I received photos of the finished product. I hope the students enjoyed the day as much as I did.
The teacher Sarah Lindberg has my total respect as I watched her teach three first grade classes while I rolled out slabs each day, then she helped me with the 5th grade classes.
Last week I glazed pieces for three galleries. In addition I made a few pieces for my show stock. These three vases along with many other nice pieces will be taken to the Carolina Clay Matters Pottery Festival on May 14th.
Today I started an order from a new gallery on Ocracoke Island. At the end of May the Village Craftsmen will start to carry my pottery. They have ordered a great selection of my pieces. In a few weeks I will be glazing orders for 3 galleries. I am glad to be busy.
Next week I will be teaching a local fifth grade art class. I will be there 4 days for 4 different classes. So, in 50 minutes each class I have to teach a slab project on making a hanging wall vase. I will go in early to roll out slabs for the students. This was set up through our local pottery guild (Carolina Clay Matters) as a way of helping out local schools to teach clay to their students. What I found interesting is that every school in our district has a kiln and some don't even get used because the art teachers may not even know how to fire the kiln. Check back in a few weeks to hear about my experience.
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Over the weekend I received another order from The Mind Gift Shop. They must really sell the egg separators well because they keep ordering them. So even though I have quite a few on hand, I went ahead and made some more.
Today I am not having artistic feelings so decided to take the day off from making anything new. I should make some long fruit bowls tomorrow so that I have them for the CCM show in May.
Today I was out in the studio again and made a few pitchers. The video above gives you a bit of an idea of my process. Today I also listed one of these pitchers in my store.
Tomorrow I will be making vases. I always have a bit of fun with vases. Each one is unique. Perhaps there will be pictures on Facebook tomorrow.
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I am really excited to get my new website finished. This year I decided that I am going to try out having a shopping cart directly off my website. For a little while I will keep a cart on Etsy as well but I am curious to see if anyone is keeping up with me on my website.
This week I am back in the studio. My studio can get really cold in the winter so this year I decided that I would just stay warm as long as I was able. Well, this week it's in the 70's here so I no longer have any excuses to not be working. The photo above shows what I did a few days ago. I had to start with throwing because I needed slip for any handbuilding projects. I recorded a video and posted it to Facebook and Instagram.
This year I decided to do very few shows. Most likely I will only do our local guild show in May and October. I started selling to gift shops and galleries a few years ago and I was fairly busy last year filling orders for them. Of course I also love to sell directly to customers via my website. It's so fun to send off pots all over the country.
I would love to hear what you think about the website and if there is anything missing or could be better done. Or compliments. :)