Friday, December 2, 2016

It's December

 Which  means it is time to start working on the plan for next year.
Many people ask if we are gearing up for Christmas. Truth be told we start gearing up in the spring for the fall business.

That wee sheep tile is something that is looking at us to go back to.
The variety of tiles I have been making are a consideration and a possibility to grow on.

  The new kiln is producing some new ideas, new designs, new paths to take.
The changes in the industry left us scrambling last year when we had fail, after fail, with a glaze combination we have used for 30 plus years.
It may never come back to us, but with all failure there are success. At first you are just throwing something in the mix to see if it has a place, then you begin to notice that it does and know you need to follow it to see where it is going.
A new path opens as the old one shuts down.
At the end of the day the need to create takes over. After all, isn't why we are here to begin with?

Many of us question why we are here, what we are doing, is this right for me. We all do it. I relish the days that I just work with no thought, no doubt, the zone, the zen.
The reality is we are a business, we are subject to change in the economy, changing trends, the up and downs of what people need or the desire of their want. Through all of this we continue to create.
Why create?
Why not?
Why not indeed.
 We need art in our life, we need the sense of wonder, the pleasure of looking, seeing, touching, holding. The art so simple that you can hold it in your hand and drink from it, eat from it, serve from it. I have always thought that a handmade mug or bowl is the most intimate object.
Instead of feeding your soul through a take out window with a throw away container you should be treating your whole being to what you are eating, drinking.......
My students look at me in confusion, awe, pleasure,maybe even amusement at my daily mug.
I always travel with a coffee mug and have done so for at least 35 years. Why would you not?
Why? Why not?

 I am teaching one day a week now.
 The teaching has become a thing of pleasure since the hired of the head of the department. My day goes fast and furious, and I have seen great growth in the work of the students. I am excited about the next semester, this one went so fast.
 So, bring on 2017, it will be a year of change for many of us, but people are resilient.
Never doubt that.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

wheel to sale is now sold

 Wheel for sale.
No splash pan.
contact us if you are interested.
The plug you see dangling below is a break-out so that this wheel can accept other 12v. dc controls it has been used with both Pacifica and Soldner controls and I'll tell you the Pacifica is quieter than Brent but hands down the Soldner controls are the best.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

It came and it went.

Getting ready for a show, any show, takes up some time.
I am not a big fan of hauling off heavy boxes of pottery anymore,but we did go set up for the once a year, all under the roof, indoor show at the old Luck's Bean cannery here in Seagrove that happened last week.
I had to teach last Thursday, which is set up day for the show, and that meant that Mark had to do a lot of the heavy lifting alone. We streamed lined the booth and had a plan in place before he left. I was able to come home a wee bit earlier and help with the moving of boxes of pots. We decided that this year we would have a plan in place with what pots we were taking and how many boxes to fill.
We took a good showing of tiles along with a good showing of pots, just enough to fill the space and little left as back up. It was the perfect plan for us. We were happy with the sales and didn't have a lot of pots to pack back home.
It seems likewe work all the time so the shop is full for the rest of the year.
Our thoughts are one more load in Ms. B in December, one more load in the electric kiln of tiles and possibly some thrown work as well.

Most of the tiles I made the last two firings found homes over the weekend. I'm working out a list for more, packing off a few and figuring out the ones I want for next year. These tiles have turned into a happy journey for me. One I hope to continue through next year.
We have a few leads on some possible wholesale that we will follow.
I am just teaching one day a week, that means more time for some creativity here at the studio.

  This week we will have one of our corporate meetings to talk about the coming year. It is something we have always tried to do. As a small two person business you still need to figure out  how to carry on through the following year.

I know we are all waiting to see how the election shakes out for us.
Fingers crossed.