Alphabet Eww…

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For some time now, I have wanted to create “alphabet soup” bowls.  You take alphabet pasta and push it into the clay.  After firing in the kiln, the pasta incinerates leaving its imprint behind.

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I didn’t have time to paint these the other day, so I spritzed them with water and covered them in plastic to prevent them from over-drying.  Well…. let’s just say they were the opposite of over dry ;)  I was bummed.  The pasta absorbed the water, swelled up and molded.   YUCK!!!  Would it still work?  Were they ruined?

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Apparently, the answer is NO.  They worked out just fine …whew!  I’ll keep you posted on how they turn out.

Other than that, I have been on a BOWL-BONANZA.  In March my pottery studio will be hosting “SOUP’S ON” to benefit refugees just settling into Rhode Island.  Last year we raised money for a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon. This year we are focusing local. It’s pretty cool when you dig in and find ways to actual help the causes you believe in.

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These came out a while ago.  Half-wheel thrown/half slab.  My teacher is calling my style thrown and altered.  That seems about right :)

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Remember my experiment with kid foam?  I made my own stamp and wanted to see how it would look in clay?

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Well, it worked.  It needs some tweaking.  When I try making a stamp again,  I will need to really think about positive vs. negative space.  You know, what areas do I want raised and what  areas recessed?   hmmm…this definitely entails thinking.

Yesterday I threw the largest bowls I have ever thrown – EVER!!! (like family popcorn size!)  Did I take a picture?  Of course not!  But trust me, they were YUUUUGE!  Throwing so many bowls at once has really improved my game.  Something clicked yesterday like it hasn’t clicked in 2 years.  You may start to see some improvements on my technical side – Oh, one can hope!  I’m going to keep at it. I’m still addicted to this muddy stuff –mold and all!

#BOSTON WOMEN’S MARCH

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I decided to include these photos as their own special edition.

As an artist, this aspect of the march just knocked my socks off.

Participating in the Boston March took 8 hours.  I can tell you by 5pm, after standing, chanting and marching I was spent.

…And then we stumbled into this.  As people finished the march they left their signs behind.

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For the first time in the entire day, people were standing in absolute silence.  Now for me, I might say it was total exhaustion, but it was definitely something more than that.

Every single piece of paper represented someone’s wish, dream, angst, and fear. And here after a day of releasing a tremendous amount of energy we could quietly reflect.  So many people. So much hope. So much creativity.

I left a better, stronger woman.

 

 

OK Mugs…Last Time Around

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I promise! This will be the last round of mugs for some time. I’m getting sick of them myself!  Ha!

Quite simply, I have no mugs left.  The last two rounds of mugs felt incredibly rushed, so it’s been nice to rest, take my time and enjoy the process. In the new year I truly am ready to move onto bowls, vases, plates and platters… I am so ready to experiment!

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Now let me tell you what came to me in my sleep.  During my Creative 365 a couple years ago, I enjoyed making tons of different hand-made stamps to incorporate in my printmaking.  I used leftover blocks of wood and kids craft foam.

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I don’t know why I didn’t think of it until now, but why not create my own stamps out of craft foam to press into my hand-built clay creations?  The two examples above are sort of weird because they were all I could find on short notice, but  I now know the concept works.  Be fore-warned, the light bulb has gone off.  Now, I will design some hand-made stamps with intent… Wow, imagine the possibilities!

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Kwismis

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Too funny.  I don’t purchase tons of new stuff every year. Yet, the number one comment I hear from people who read my blog is that they love to see my house.

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It’s small.  It’s cozy and I try to pack it with as many fun things as possible.

Yeah, I would say I love all things 50’s/60’s, quirky &fun.

Hope you fill your homes with all your favorite traditions, magical and special to you.

It helps us get into the Christmas spirit.  A place I know I like to reside for as long as possible!

Ladies Night Wakefield

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Ladies Night Wakefield is my town’s big night!

I live in a major “shop local” area.  Mainly because all we really have  is small businesses.  I’m pretty sure many people would tell you that is the attraction of our area.  No big box anything.  Just mom and pop shops where if everyone in town uses one another’s businesses, our local commerce stays balanced and little shops can exist.  I paint a rosy picture don’t I?  But really, it is what I love about my town.

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So tonight, all the small business of downtown Wakefield come together to throw a big shopping party. There’s live music, wine and cheese, horse drawn carriages, caroling, shopping promotions and loads of big crowds.  On our little local level, it’s a HAPPENING!

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Jan Bertwell, of Finishing Touches, invited me to set up a booth during the event.  I’m quite excited.  I’ve never participated before.  Her store is so beautiful inside.  It’s going to be a great place to be!

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I had to reconfigure which items to bring.  Mainly jewelry now. I’ve got a good idea of how I’ll set up the booth.  Now I’ll take it down and head to Main Street to set it up. Janet Bertwell I hope your ready for me.  I’m bringing the sangria ;)

 

 

 

 

Amazing First Weekend

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Thank you to my special Christmas booth helper :)

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What to say…what to say…

OK. Are you ready for this?

I sold out first weekend.

Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

24 hand-crafted mugs: 1 left

60 hand-crafted ornaments: 6 left

8 pottery dishes: 2 left

Jewelry: I sold a bunch but still have plenty more!

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To sum it up, the pottery was a hit.  That entire element of my booth is gone!

Now I’m left trying to figure out what happened?  I had dropped my mug price from $40 to $30 and the ornament price-point was between $15-$18. They flew off the shelves!  Did I price them too low? or just right?  …I don’t know!    I’m still kind of sitting here in shock?!?  I still have three events to attend.  Did I over-do it and sign up for too many events or was this a fluke?

What I do know, is that I am incredibly thankful.  This only happened because people were kind enough to come out and invest in my handmade things. What’s also nice is that tiny tinge of panic in my belly has gone away.  You know that crappy little voice that resides in your gut shooting out terrible thoughts like: “Have I made the right choices?”, “Are these items good enough to put out there to the public?”, “will anyone come?”  “will I sit at my booth for 6 hours not selling anything”…oh the list goes on with the yucky thoughts one’s brain can spew… I get to shut that down, stick out my tongue and say to the nagging voice – SHOVE IT!

That’s kind of fun.

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Next show is tomorrow.  My jewelry designs have taken on some subtle changes.  I really like the direction they are going…

So from here on in, my booth will be a jewelry booth.

And I plan on relaxing a little bit. Technically I’ve got done what I need to do.  Now I can enjoy and have fun and not take myself so seriously?

Yeah, I’ve earned it!

whew…..

 

 

 

 

So Tired

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It’s dark.

What a terrible photo. Everything is crammed in a dark hallway. I wouldn’t have posted, but I kinda said I would. Ha!

With that said, every teeny-tiny item has been priced and labeled.  I’ve got my concept down.  I will need to set up within one hour tomorrow.

Soooooooooo tired!

I forgot to get cash.  The bank is now closed.  My idea is to hit the atm and then beg the grocery store to make change…

Then I will have to come home and break this entire thing down…

then go to sleep!

Today may have been rough, but I am now READY.  A week before Black Friday.

That feels really good!