Monday, September 30, 2013

Finding October

 In the blink of an eye we roll right past another month, landing fully into fall.

It is cider and pumpkin time.
Cool days and even cooler nights.
Hay rides, hot chocolate, apples and sweater time.
It is the weather where a potter turns the page of the calendar and goes into a full blown panic attack.
Really, fall is here, how dare fall come calling when I was not looking.

I am thankful that this year we made a choice to work earlier in the year just a bit harder. We have been stocking back a few pots out of each firing and making ourselves a bit of inventory.
Inventory you say? What's that?

I think we would all like to work on the theory that each kiln load fired magically sells as soon as it is unloaded. But, in the times that we are living today that is just not the possibility or reality.
So, instead we cleared some room in the work area to store pots as they came out of the kiln.
Fired and ready inventory. What a concept.

We will be working the next  few weeks on  a late October and maybe a mid November firing.
Pots are on track to start tomorrow.

Mark has been putting some time in painting some hollow core doors that we plan to use for displaying tiles at the November show.
In case you can get to Seagrove put this down as a must be weekend.
The Seagrove Potters get together on the weekend before thanksgiving and set up at what was the Luck's Bean factory in Seagrove NC, pop over to the website for more information. You need to go ahead and buy your ticket for the Friday night Gala. Get them while you can.

Our booth number is b18 this year come find us.

Maybe in January I can spin a coccoon of silk.


Dennis Allen said...

Not knowing what colors I would sell, I laid back a bunch of bisqueware to glaze as needed this summer. It was the best Idea I have had in a long time.

Tracey Broome said...

I have some inventory too and it is nice knowing those pieces are there for December, keeps the panic monster away and I can go play more!

Shannon said...

I have turned that page and felt that panic. Good work and good luck, Meredith. Gorgeous gourdy pots.

Anna M. Branner said...

I met a potter who worked as a traveling nurse. He chose his next post according to public pottery access. He worked all winter and spring on pots, bisqued them and then shipped them back to Maine. When he returned to home in Maine for the summer he had a supply of pots to glaze, fire and sell. Perfect! An income and benefits through the year...and an inventory of pots for "the season."

angela walford said...

oh M you way too clever....happy squirrelling!

cookingwithgas said...

the potters here always looked at Bisque as money in the bank.
Good idea to work ahead some- I do get tired of the deadline looming.

Michèle Hastings said...

love those pumpkin jars... one of these days i am going to have to own one.

Lori Buff said...

I always keep some pots in inventory and every now and then I need to pull them out and put them in a show like the one I'm in at Hambidge. It's a really smart idea.

Sandy miller said...

Oh you guys are so smart! I finally found the studio now working like a mad potter! Love the pumpkin pots! and Yikes on fall but love pumpkin pie!!
Good Luck in b18!

smalltownme said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the finished pumpkins.

Laurie said...

How cute is that little! I too am looking forward to seeing those sweet carved pots finished.