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.