Friday, November 28, 2008

A belated Happy Thanksgiving

With all of the prep for the show and sales, I have not had the energy to sit and post.
I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday. What I like most about Thanksgiving is that it is a rather low-key holiday. Yes, there is all of the food prep and eating, and dessert, but all in all, it is a more relaxed holiday that most.
Even when we were young and traveled over 300 miles to our grandmother's house (Nana), the actual day was relaxed. That is because in our family, everyone has always helped in the preparations. And with the Macy's parade on the TV, and then football of every shape and form, you just get to sit and relax and let the food digest. That is, after the dishes are cleared and washed.
Thank you to all in the family that contributed yesterday, whether it was a phone call from afar or helping with the gathering here.
I am thankful for my health, my family, and my network of friends. With that, I can continue to create, which makes me feel fulfilled. There is an empty space in me when I cannot express my creativity in the ways I want to.
I am grateful to those who love me and encourage me to create and grow. Your love and support is what keeps me going.
Oh, I also had a very nice Birthday yesterday as well.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Coffee Anyone?

Here is the first successfully poured coffee pot! (It now has been trimmed, glazed & fired successfully.)

It was a very emotional event since I have not been able to make them for 12 years.

I unloaded two of them from the kiln about 7:15 yesterday morning and brought them to the Mistletoe Market at the Museum. I have not sold them (yet), but there has been a great amount of positive reaction to them. The show continues today. There was a wonderful turn out last night, despite the rain. Hopefully today will be the same. The damp weather may drive some of the Clemson Homecoming crowd out to shop instead of sitting in the stadium.
I've also included a photo of my booth at the show. I tweaked it a bit after the photo, and I turned on the lamp, but it gives you a bit of an idea.
I am posting this at 6-something this morning because I have to be back at the show by 8 (a 20 minute drive) and if I wasn't doing something to keep me awake, I might fall back asleep and over sleep.
PS - The show went great, although nobody bought the coffee pot. I do have a couple of people interested anyway. But I will start making more tomorrow.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Holiday Show & Sale

The Arts Center in Clemson has started their 2nd Annual Holiday Show and Sale. I have some of my pottery there. I will have more later. The Show & Sale runs through December. I think Cheryl said there are 40 artisans represented.
There is pottery of several styles, jewelry, glass, multi-media, paintings, photography, textiles and more...

Sunday, November 2, 2008

New Kiln

I have finally gotten my new kiln up and running, thanks to Dad running around to find a new breaker switch to replace the old tired one.

I am so excited, I can now start to make the coffee pots again. I haven't been able to make them for years because my kiln wasn't deep enough (by 1/2") to fire them.

Well, off to glaze and then to the storage unit to get the coffee pot mold and prepare it to start casting again.

Happy November to all!
(*NOTE: I have added the photo so you can see my pretty new kiln! - 11/15/08)