Ceramics showcase!!

April 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Ceramics showcase is coming!  I just spent a week putting up posters.  As many potters have already noticed, it is hard to come by good pottery posters.  I now have several extra posters featuring a beautiful ceramic sculpture.  If you want one, send me a note on etsy and we can work out getting one to you. 🙂  

This year I’m taking Trilobite and Ammonite work to the showcase.  I’ll be in the group booth which means a lot less frenetic work on my part, but a lot more in time spent at the showcase working.  

Here’s some samples of the work that will be there!

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Pasta Jar! 

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Sake Set!

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It always waits to rain

May 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm (Studio and Environment) (, , , , )

It really does. It waits till you’re out on your bike, and in for a long ride. Then bam! Cold, satinging wet rain.

Either that and you have rain for two months and the day of your sale its super sunny and warm and everyone flees to the great outdoors rather than come inside to your sale.

Yes, the weather is indeed out to get you. Now that you’re aware of this you can prepare. Keep warm socks and a change of clothes at the studio, as well as some tea and a nice hotwater heater.

Ahhh.

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The sale

December 12, 2010 at 5:48 am (Sales and events) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

was great! The ceramics were amazing, the food was yummy, and the music sweet. It wasn’t floor stomping busy, but I did pretty well and it was great hanging out with the gang from Radius. 🙂 Thanks to everyone who stopped by. FOr the rest of you, there’s always next year! Here’s a couple photos from before we opened:

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Getting my show on

November 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm (About my process, Studio and Environment) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I haven’t heard back from Scrap yet, but things are looking up. I submitted one of my ceramic pieces to the Volunteer show, and it was accepted. So I feel like I’ve passed the first hurdle of explaining recycling in ceramics pieces.

I’m in the process of making more brittle stars. They’re really fun to work with, but then on the other hand, the tentacles are very extremely fragile until I fire them. It’s a long process t weave the tentacles in and out of each other when you’re pairing stars together. Even worse, though, would to be to try and make a brittle star with the arms stretched out strait, like a big brittle splat on the ocean floor. I can’t even imagine that making it into the kiln.

Next week I’m going to start teaching my first ceramics class ever. Its about finishing pots, how to decorate that vessel that you’ve learned to throw. Basically, its going to be a lot of practice.

Lastly, we’re having our Studio Christmas sale on the 10th of December. Come by and check out our work, maybe get a last minute gift for your boss (who really needs a better mug, we all know it. 😉 )
In other news I’m looking at some temp work until my job at Struble picks up again. Right now I’m practicing my typing on an older keyboard so that I hit the keys hard enough and am used to the space issues when I take the test. I’ve been using the flat-as-a-pancake Mac keyboard and I gotta’ say, once you get used to it its a lot easier to use. A lot less stress on the hands, that’s for sure.

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Holiday Sale at Radius Studio!

December 4, 2009 at 6:24 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Come share the love and joy! I and a number of my colleges are selling our works at Radius Studio this coming Dec. 11th and 12th. I’ll have out both functional and sculptures for sale and viewing pleasure. You’ll also get to see my studio space and meet the people who drive me crazy on a regular basis. 🙂 They’ve got some good work to, so drop on by!

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FALL SALE!

September 2, 2009 at 5:15 pm (Sales and events) (, , , , , , , , , , )

FALL SALE! At my Etsy Shop! As I’m gearing up for the New Season some things have got to go! 25% of selected items (in the SALE category) and 10% everything else!

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Memorial Day

May 25, 2009 at 5:47 am (Studio and Environment) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I’m doing a demo booth this year at the Rose Festival on Memorial day. That is, tomorrow. In about 12 hours. It’s going to be a lot of fun, esp. because I’m going to be there with a group of potters from my studio. Yeay!

Now, I really should get some sleep.

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Good things

April 20, 2009 at 7:13 pm (Sales and events, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

So my husband got a job at a company that promotes diversity in large corporations. Yeay! First off its a job, second off its a job doing good things and helping make the world a better place.

I’ve also managed to pull a group together for a sale in Portland, during the Rose Festival . Basicly an art fair group took over a Larger booth from the Rose Festival, and is offering spaces to artists to sell their work. Of particular interest they have a Demo booth. So I got together a group of 6 artists from my studio, and we’re all doing the demo booth together! Yeay! Even better, we’re doing the demo booth on Memorial day!

So come out and see us!

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Tomorrow

December 13, 2008 at 6:44 am (Business story, Sales and events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

I’m doing a school sale tomorrow in Gresham. The Butler Creek Bazaar. I don’t know what to expect, other than I hope to sell some of my cheeper items. And maybe get snowed in. -_-‘

In addition I recently won a charity auction at a local newspaper to get a review written about my work. Yeay! I’m going to be sharing my sculptural work with the reviewer. I’m going into the offices on Monday to figure out how this is going to work.

It got me thinking about Charity. I used my charity budget to do this, and yet I’m still getting something out of it. Does that mean its really MY charity or is it the charity of the person who would otherwise be getting the money? Does it count that I likely paid far too much for the article? Does that make it an act of charity on my part?

I was raised to believe that true charity is when you’re not getting anything at all in return beyond thanks and the warm fuzzies. Right now, in this economy and the way things are going for me I don’t feel like I can let that much money go without getting something back. I feel terrible saying that, and ashamed, yet it is the unfortunate truth. That doesn’t mean that I’ve not been donating other places. Just in smaller amounts, or in ceramics.

In the end I just feel glad that I got into a bidding war with someone at the end and therefore got to give more money than the item was really worth. I think.

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Preparing for a show

November 23, 2008 at 6:55 pm (Business story, Sales and events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I’m participating in the Handmade NW WTC event in the World Trade Center Portland. Everyone is invited. Come by and see my new line of work. 🙂

I just remembered that they even have me up on their page. 🙂

I’m pretty excited. I don’t have to have a tent, and its under a glass roof. 🙂 Pretty light no matter what! It could be raining and it’ll be dry and warm. Yeay!

The only down side is going to be sitting all day listening to Christmas music. I know that many people complain about hearing Christmas music when going into stores (I’m one of them.) I would just ask you to console yourselves in that we vendors and shop personnel have to listen not only to Christmas Music, but to the SAME Christmas Music on loop for 8 hours. ARRGH!

Its not that I don’t love Christmas. I actually do. I enjoy it being a nice one to two day event with about one to two weeks of preparation and minimal christmas music playing. Seriously, we’ve not had any new christmas songs once the merchants took over the holiday and made it all about the gifts. 😦

I know, I know, I’m a merchant selling my wares. Christmas is a vital part of the merchant economy. Well, damn it all if I think greed is bad and having your entire economy poured into one basket case of a holiday is a bad idea. I’m more about quality than quantity, and I make goods that (I hope) reflects that. I want my functional wares to last a long time. I want my sculptural and decorative goods to serve their purpose and be used again and again.

So please, from the bottom of my clay-loving-heart, don’t buy cheep crap this year. Buy cheep if you have to, but don’t buy crap. Invest in a quality item that will last you a few years. It’ll save you money in the long run, and it will make your living space a much more beautiful place.

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