Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Instagram Me

Are you on Instagram?  I am, I actually have had a profile on it for a long time but I never remembered to look at it or post pictures too much.  Essentially I just didn't get it.  Then a few months ago a friend reminded me about it and how much fun she was having with it so I thought I'd give it another try.  This time I'm really having fun with it.

I don't really post very many pictures but I do spend time looking at pictures that other people post.  naturally I follow many potters and other artists but my favorite non-artist is the usinterior.  They post the most beautiful pictures.  It's impossible for me to decide which is the best one to show you so I'll give you a few examples.

Tetons

Yellowstone and Milkyway
I could actually post images from them all day but you can just go to instagram and follow them yourself.  While you're at it, you could follow me too, just search for FutureRelicsGallery.  Let me know what your user name is and I'll follow you back.

Who do you enjoy following on instagram?

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Almost There

We all know that it's helpful to have goals and then to take steps towards achieving them.  Back in January I joked about not really making a New Years resolution to keep up with my Etsy shop.  I did, at that time set out to do better with Etsy and increase my sales.  I've worked at it at a pace that felt comfortable for me.  I know I could do better, post lots more pieces and do all the other million little tasks that I am told I should do.  But I have to work at my pace so the offerings are more but not nearly the 100 that it should be.  I've interacted a bit more, visiting the forums and creating treasuries.  I enjoy making them, they are fun and I get to see other people's work that I might not have normally seen.

Now I am almost there.  The last piece that sold on Etsy brought me into a tie with the most I've ever sold in one year.  And it's only July!  Okay, it's the end of July but I do hope to sell some more pieces before the year is finished.  That will mean that I achieved the goal of exceeding my previous sales years.  That feels pretty good.
The bad news is that I'm a little lower on the cash side of things.  It seems I'm selling more items but lower cost items.  When I look at my shop it's easy to see why, the majority of my pieces are the less expensive ones.  Well, that's easy to fix.

The other thing I noticed is that most of my customers from Etsy are new.  This is a little strange to me since I have so many repeat customers (collectors?) here in Atlanta.  These are people that come to shows, festivals and shops and look for me.  These are the people that write or call and request a special item.  I wonder if people are getting lost in the volume that is Etsy so I created a coupon that gives a little discount to customers who come back and purchase from me again.  It feels like a nice way of saying "Thanks."

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Meatless Monday - Gnocchi in Brown Butter with Spinach and Pine Nuts

This is one of the easiest recipes you'll ever make.  That's perfect for a Monday, or any other week night.  Gnocchi are a pasta that is typically made from potatoes but it also has flour in it so you'll want to look for a gnocchi that is gluten free or make your own if that is a concern in your diet.  Being a pasta made from potatoes it's really a perfect comfort food.

The recipe is so easy you may even have time and energy to make some Crip Rosemary Flatbread to go with it.

Gnocchi in Brown Butter with Spinach and Pine Nuts by Future Relics Pottery
Gnocchi in Brown Butter with Spinach and Pine Nuts
Ingredients:


  • 1 pound of gnocchi
  • 2 tablespoons butter 
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • 10 ounces of fresh spinach, washed and torn
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) finely shredded Parmesan cheese
Directions:

Cook gnocchi according to package or recipe directions, drain.

Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add pine nuts to pan; cook 3 minutes or until butter and nuts are lightly browned, stirring constantly. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute. Add gnocchi and spinach to pan; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts, stirring constantly. Stir in salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Call For Artists - Sheltered, an art benefit for animals at risk

Sheltered, an art benefit for animals at risk in our communities, is seeking artists for a curated exhibition to be presented at Davis Arts Center, Davis, CA.

The five-week show is open to all residents of the US, 18 years and older. The theme of the show is “shelter.” Artists are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly from their own unique perspective. All art mediums will be considered (painting, drawing, photography, multimedia, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, etc.) Works can be abstract, symbolic, realistic, representational, pastoral, urbanesque, minimalist. We want to see your vision! A percentage of net sales (artists can choose from 50% to 100%) will be donated to national and local  nonprofit animal welfare agencies selected by organizers as Beneficiaries.
Entry Deadline: ongoing until July 31, 2014
Event Dates: 10/10/14-11/15/14
Opening Reception: 10/10/14
Submissions Manager Portal: CLICK HEREWe’re using Submittable, a simple, secure platform as our submission manager. This makes it easier to keep track of all the submissions. There is no fee to enter. If you need to, you may also submit through email to shelteredartshow@gmail.com.
Sheltered seeks to raise awareness of the staggering number of homeless animals who will never find shelter. In addition to the art show, lectures, workshops, clinics, and other outreach activities are planned. The events coincide with Adopt a Shelter Dog and Adopt a Senior Pet months. The opening show and reception will be included in the 2nd Friday ArtAbout in Davis.
The Exhibition will be curated by Philadelphia-based artist and professor Ryann Casey.
EXHIBITION VENUE:
Davis Arts Center
1919 F Street
Davis, CA  95616
SUBMISSIONS:Artists are invited to submit images, audio, or video* of up to six (6) separate works of art for preliminary review. Submission may be the actual work you are proposing or a sample of your work.  Please Note: acceptance of artist and/or work based on electronic images is contingent on the artistic integrity of the finished piece and how it relates to theme of the exhibit.
Due to space restrictions, artwork may not exceed 48″ overall height nor weigh more than 25 pounds (unless artist is local and can hang/install).
*Limited infrastructure for video and audio installations.
The artwork exhibited in Sheltered will help raise awareness of homeless animals and raise funds for specific non-profit animal rescues.  On submission, you will be asked an approximate selling price for your pieces of art.  Keep in mind that we want your artwork to sell and price accordingly.
DELIVERY OF ARTWORK:
The date shipped work and hand delivered work needs to arrive at the Davis Arts Center will be announced in 2014. Artists are responsible for all delivery costs.
INSURANCE & LIABILITY: 
All exhibited work should be self-insured by the artist during shipping and delivery.
AGREEMENT & RELEASE:
By submitting work to Sheltered, the Artists confirm they have read and agreed to the following conditions: Permission is granted to Sheltered and  Davis Arts Center to use images of artwork accepted into the exhibition for publicity purposes. One or more images of artwork may be chosen for the cover design of invitation and other materials associated with the benefit show. Artists agree to allow reproduction of their digital files and/or photographs taken of their art for educational, publicity, and archival purposes. The Artist agrees to release and discharge representative of Sheltered and Davis Arts Center from any and all claims occasioned by loss or damage of  work while in the possession of Davis Arts Center or in transit.
SALE OF ART:Davis Arts Center processes all sales and retains 20% of revenue collected during art benefit to cover use of building, staffing, and administrative costs.
Artist agrees to donate a percentage of net sales (50% to 100%), which will be donated to selected animal welfare nonprofit agencies to be announced in December 2013.  Work will be available for viewing at Davis Arts Center and online at shelteredartshow.org.
Sold works will remain in show until closing.  Artists can choose to participate and set minimum bid for a Buy-or-Bid Silent Auction, to be held Nov. 15, 2014. It is the responsibility of Artists to pick up unsold work. Shipping of unsold art will be professionally packaged and shipped by a packing company. Artists are responsible for all packing and shipping fees. If artists do not wish to pay for shipping of unsold artwork, Sheltered will donate work to area shelters for display in those facilities.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Mugs, What a Relief

Sometimes you have to take your work to new dimensions.  I've been playing around with the mugs that I do with imagery on them.  The idea was that they would be reminiscent of tattoos.  I even leave some unglazed surface around the pictures, which makes me think about the variance between the body with and without adornment.

Pottery mug with dragon by Future Relics Gallery
Dragon Mug in Relief

Now I'm taking those pieces to a new level; a raised and carved surface.  I still created the lines using mishima and I'll paint the dragons and luna moths with underglazes.  I'll do a clear coat of glaze over that then add colored glazes on the reset of the body of the mug.  I think that's what I'll do anyway.  Sometimes these things change plans on me and I just have to go with it.

Ceramic Luna Moth Mug by Future Relics Gallery
Luna Moth Mug with Relief

What do you think?

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