That’s what life has been lately in the pottery studio. Mostly all good, just some bad… like fixing the kiln, and getting a custom urn order wrong… arrgh. But the reality is that those two things happened because I’m too busy. Element wires and thermocouples should have been changed before they conked out in the middle of a very important firing. But everything, I mean everything is in constant motion. I am just non-stop, all day, every day. It’s a good thing though, that I am busy… I’m doing what I love and making a living at it. Yet sometimes it is just so hard to run your own business. Just seems like there are no lines drawn from work to home life. Sunday is the only day I make sure I don’t step foot in the studio, or pick up a sketchbook, or go on the computer! It really is a good thing to just stop! Yesterday the family went for a beautiful hike on the Poet Seat Trail here in Greenfield. Then we went to a local event called Cider Days. Just spending some time sampling cider and all varieties of apples at Clarkdale Fruit Farm.
I think I was too busy to write about last week’s shows, The Teapot show at Molly Cantor Pottery… “Ten Potter’s Take on Tea” What a nice opening it was (I didn’t even get pictures, so unlike me). I also did a small craft fair to benefit the local Artspace Community arts center.
On the agenda this week is the Friday opening at the Artisan Gallery in Northampton, 4th annual Cup and Mug Invitational, should be a great opening as there are lots of artists. (hopefully I’ll remember my camera)
So here is a little taste of a couple of cups fresh out of that newly fixed kiln!
Another cup show and my Holiday Sale coming up in early December… check my website home page for details!
This past Friday was the opening at Pinch, Asparagus Valley Potters Set the Table. If you live anywhere near the area this is a must see show!! It’s up till the 22nd of October. The opening was packed with pottery lovers, strolling around the 24 foot table picking up pots, and getting a feel for pots that are meant to be used. For me it was one of the best pottery shows I have ever been to. Generally when I”m at an opening I don’t usually notice people picking up pots, unless it’s a mug show. I think the height of the table, and the fact that it was set like a table somehow gave you the permission to pick the pieces up, feel them, and look at the bottoms of them. It was so interactive.
Regretfully I forgot my camera, but just to give you an idea of the show, here is a photo that was sent to me from Pinch. Vikki Crowell, potter extraordinaire will be sending me some pics soon, and I will share asap!
24 Valley Potters, a long dining table, locally grown food, a great little gallery on Arts Night Out, in Northampton Ma… what more can you ask for! Pinch this Friday night from 6-9 pm, “Asparagus Valley Potter’s Set the Table.” In conjunction with Museums10
My busy fall schedule begins… check my website homepage for all the upcoming events.
In between making my tall urns which take days to finish, I had to take a break to pick out, price, pack, and ship my pots to the Celadon Gallery in NY. Each time I pack and ship pots for a show I am in awe on how much time it takes me. I always wonder is it just me or is every potter, or glass blower the same. I find it stressful. I say to myself how do I add in the cost to the gallery the time it is taking me to pack these pots. Then I think of the gallery, unpacking the pots and setting up, breaking down and sending work back that does not sell. It is a wonder that gallery/shops and the artists they represent can make a living!
As I pack each highly breakable piece so carefully, my mind drifts to other ceramic artists who do many more gallery shows than myself . Two of my fellow Massachusetts ceramic artists come to mind… Kristen Kieffer and Molly Hatch. They have both been on a whirlwind tour lately. As I stand there and wrap each piece I just say, I don’t know how they do it. I think you have to have have this deep driving desire to get yourself out there. They are definately a couple of rock stars in the pottery world (I think I’m more of a folk singer). I just don’t have the stamina to pack for that many shows a year and go all over the country, giving workshops ( I know… I’m giving workshops, but they’re local). I am so happy they do what they do… they are contributing so much to our society and the ongoing education of the arts… and we all get to smile when we see their amazing work!
… drifting as I pack, it always helps!
Well back to my up-coming show… check out the info from Celadon Gallery.
Friday night’s opening at PINCH was so wonderful. Thanks to all the friends who came, and made it through the traffic. Both the University of Ma. and Smith College had graduation weekend… Northampton was hopping!
Another shot from the show. Cups close up enough to see, that I recognize: Jeff Campana, Posey Bacopolus, Rachel Garceau, Molly Hatch.
Me and Tiff Hilton