Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year

It's a busy time of year for so many people; I'm no different which is why I've not been blogging as regularly as I should.  I have still been busy making pots and doing some other things.  I'll post pictures and tell some stories when I come back from my annual New Years visit to Brinson's Race.
I hope everyone has a safe, happy and healthy New Years.
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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Some Losses Are Greater Than Others

We are used to pots breaking in the kiln or in transit, sometimes we break them during the creation process, as potters we get used to loss.  However, this morning when I found out that Art 101 Gallery where the GA Clay Council held it's holiday sale burned to the ground I couldn't imagine the feeling of loss for John (the owner) or the owners of the other businesses that were destroyed by the fire.  I know John lost a huge part of his history to the flames, his family had been in that store for more than 100 years.
Here's the full story.  Please keep these people in your thoughts. 

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Mac & Cheese Casserole

Sometimes when I'm not cooking my pottery in a kiln I'm cooking it in my oven. Last night I made a delicious macaroni and cheese dish. I altered a recipe from The Pioneer Woman and it was wonderful.  I highly recommend it for the holidays or any other time you want some comfort food.

You can find my recipe here.

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Monday, December 21, 2009


I saw the coolest little vehicle twice this weekend; I had to do some research to find out what it was (and how much it costs).  It's an enclosed motorcycle, also known as a cabin cycle called a monotracer. It looks like a lot of fun, warmer than an open motorcycle, and possibly safer in the rain.  It's got these "training" wheels that drop down, seemingly automatically when the driver breaks for a stop and then retract when the driver takes off.  It also appears that the driver sits up in a more comfortable position than on a typical metric sports bike.

As cool as I think this is, I'm not sure that I want to trade in the wind in my hair (helmet) feeling for the cabin but I'd love to take one for a test drive.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Art 101

I just signed a contract to show my work at Art 101 Gallery in Canton, GA.  I'm very excited about the opportunity as I guess you can imagine.  John, the owner has been nice enough to donate some space for the Georgia Clay Counsel's First Annual Holiday Market.  Now he's offered to keep some of the work on a more permanent display.  He's a super nice guy, I hope this works out well for him.  The gallery has a very eclectic mix of art of various different media and style by artisens from the South East, mostly Georgia.  It's a great place to visit.
This bowl is one that I have in the gallery, the picture doesn't do it justice, it's a pretty little bowl with Ginkgo Leaves impressed into the clay.  I'm so happy with this piece, I hate the to see it go but know that it'll find a new home with someone else who appreciates it.
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Art Festival Fees

I've been following some discussion on Ron Philbeck's  blog about marketing pottery; it's got me thinking.  One complaint I hear from many artists and crafts people is that they aren't making any money on shows.  Yet some festival coordinators are still asking hundreds of dollars for entry fees.  I wonder when/if the trickle down effect will start to influence the cost of entry into a festival. 
Essentially, it seems that the median price point has dropped due to peoples fears about the current economic state.  Which means we have to sell a lot more at a lower price just to make up the cost of entry into the festival, yet the volume of sales are down also.

I'm not at all certain how much cost is involved in putting on an arts festival, but I would hope that advertising is a huge part of the budget.  Yet whenever any artist I know is going to be in a show I get an email.  We all seem to have guest books to collect email and other addresses from customers or potential customers so we do much of our own advertising, even though this is part of the cost of the festival.  Newspapers are going out of business everyday which means less newspapers in which to place ads.  Even if the ads cost more in the remaining newspapers I wonder how much more.  Is it double?
I did one show this year that had a lower entry fee than previous years because the show coordinators printed less post cards and decided not to mail them out.  We, the artists were to take as many as we needed and distribute them in a manner that we felt would be best.  I like this plan, it puts the people who hope to sell artwork in charge of their own marketing but also with a consistency for the show.
Other festivals take a small fee at registration but then ask for a percentage of the sales.  Again, I like this because if I have a bad show at lest the loss is minimized, if I have a good show I can share the wealth.  It becomes a win/win situation.
Basically, I'd like to see more festival coordinators consider themselves in partnership with the artists that support the show.  I've seen some that do, and the shows tend to be great.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me

It's been a while since my last post, I guess the holiday season rushing is sucking me in despite my best efforts to  avoid the panic.  I have many of my gifts purchased but still have trips to the post office to make and wrapping that needs to be done.
On Thursday night my partner and I went to see the taping of Sunday's episode of "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" the NPR news quiz.  It was so much fun.  The live taping takes much longer than the 1 hour radio show and I enjoyed every minute.  If you ever get a chance to see it I highly recommend going for it.
Friday and Saturday I dropped off some pottery at Live Again Antiques and Occasions in East Atlanta Village and The Mercantile in Chandler Park.  Both of them are fantastic stores, you should stop in and shop them even if you don't buy any of my pottery.
On Saturday afternoon I was at Art 101 Gallery on Main Street in Canton, GA for the Georgia Clay Council's Holiday Market.  The show features 28 different clay artists which makes for a wide variety of works.  I seemed to notice a new piece every time I looked around.  The traffic into the gallery was pretty steady and sales are good.  A lot of people will be getting beautiful holiday gifts from their friends in the area.  The show's last days are Thursday 12/17/09 - Saturday 12/20/09.
The holiday show at Mudfire in Decatur is going well also.  The gallery is full of works from the studio members as well as better known artists such as Kyle Carpenter, Mark Knot and Clay Fetish Pottery.  It's a great place to shop for your holiday gift giving, and maybe something for yourself too. The show runs through Dec 21, 2009.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009


This is the Whiggle. She's a Whippet and Beagle mix, she's very cute, very sweet, totally spoiled and a complete mess. One must be careful around Whiggles, they are very aggressive snugglers.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Show Photos

Terry Kearns dropped by the Telephone Factory Art Show and Sale this weekend.  This is the picture of me he took in front of the loft owner's fantastic honeycomb room divider.   Check out the rest of his pictures on Flicker.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Tis Better...

I write two blogs, I don't normally cross post but I think the message I posted in the other blog yesterday is worth sharing:

Please let me know what you think.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Busy Weekend

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I traveled out west to spend it with my extended family. I had a good time, it was great to see everyone.
Now comes a hugely busy weekend for me, for which I am tremendously thankful. I'll be in several places this weekend (Thursday the 3rd through Sunday the 6th). It's going to be a little crazy but very fun. I get the opportunity to show my work along with the works of other artists who I admire. I've also gotten word that many other potters in the area are having shows and open studios. I hope that I could get to them to support these artists and get some great gifts for my family and friends (or for my collection).
While you're out and about this weekend please stop by at one of the shows or openings and say "hi" and share a glass of wine.

*Dec 3 – Dec 20*

Clay Artists Holiday Market presented by the Georgia Clay Council in association with Art 101 Gallery
101 E. Main Street
Canton, GA

Thursdays thru Saturday 11-7, Sundays 1-6

*Dec 5 & 6*

The Telephone Factory Loft Art Show and Sale
828 Ralph McGill Blvd,
Atlanta, GA
Saturday 11-7 Sunday 1-6

*Nov 27 – Dec 21*

Holiday Studio Show 2009 at Mudfire
175 Laredo Dr
Decatur, GA
Thursday thru Monday 12pm – 8pm
Party and Artist Reception Dec 5 5pm to 9pm

*Nov 14 thru Dec 19*

Harvest of Arts at Georgia Piedmont Arts Center
88 Griffith St
Winder, GA
Friday and Saturdays 10:00am - 3pm

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Live & Learn

This weekend I showed in the Artisans @ the Etz event.   I was very excited about this event; they invited me to show, they were very well organized and efficient, they told me about the pre-show advertising that they would be doing and how this event had been run successfully for 3 years.  It's a fundraiser for the synagogue which also seemed like a good cause that people besides myself would be happy to support.
Sadly, the show was a complete wash; not just for me but for all of the other artists that I watched or spoke to about it.  A painter & I started discussing the fact that we had both been invited, she questioned how the organizers had found her and selected her to participate.  As I was packing up and leaving I heard several other artists asking the same question.  I may be wrong but I suspect it was the first time any of us participated in the event, I'm confident it is the last time I will participate in the event.  I find it really sad that so many of the artists there had never been in this type of show before and it was quite a bad experience for them.
The lesson I have learned is to ask more questions, like how many artists in the show are returning artists.  Live and learn. 

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Friday, November 13, 2009

VIII of Pentacles

My Friend Gary has been creating his own tarot card images and Haikus.    I was the model for the VIII of Pentacles.  I think the image came out really well, the tree in the meadow with the city scape in the background reminds me of Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA (where I live) so the card gives me the feeling of being at home doing what I love to do on a warm, sunny day.
Check out more of his work on his blog:


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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Studio Assistant

Every now and then I think I should rename the studio to Dog Hair Studios"
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Monday, November 9, 2009

Raku Firing

I did a raku firing with some friends at Mudfire. It was the first raku firing for several of the participants but it went pretty well for everybody. It's so great to hear all people saying "ooohhh", "aahh" and "wow" so often in an afternoon.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Busy Season

I love the energy of this time of year.  It seems while the trees are putting on a show in preparation for the winter we potters are preparing for winter shows.  At so many instances in life I tend to have a hard time figuring out whether I have too much stuff or not enough.  I go grocery shopping to refill the pantry and the refrigerator only to struggle to find places for my purchase.  This causes me to think "I've got to learn to cook so I can do something with this food."  Now I'm having similar thoughts about pots...not that I feel I need to learn to make them but I wonder if I have enough to do well at the show I have coming up and I simultaneously wonder if I have too many; I don't want the display to look too crowded. 
These are not bad problems to have, some people don't have enough of anything except hardship.  Thankfully, this is also the time of year when people tend to be more conscious of giving to the needy.  I hope that as we give this year we are able to provide abondance for someone who has gone without.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Avondale AutumnFest results

I had a booth in the Avondale AutumnFest 2009 in Decatur, GA this past weekend. Saturday it was cold and windy. I was lucky, I only froze, the glass people down the way had issues with the tent moving & suffered some loss. Thankfully, it's easier to reuse glass than pottery but that still must be discouraging. I feel badly for tehm but they seemed to take it OK.
Sunday was a beautiful day, with perfect Fall weather. People were even coming into my booth to get a break from the sun! But I noticed something interesting between the 2 days. More people contributed to the "Charity Cases" on Saturday than on Sunday. It could be that the stuff left in the box on Sunday was less desirable than the stuff on Saturday but I also wonder if people feel more like being helpful when they are not enjoying life completely. I know I've thought more about how hard it must be to be homeless when it's cold or rainy or even really hot. But I know it's no picnic to be homeless when it's a nice day, I just don't think about it as much. I heard a song on the radio recently (sorry, I don't know the name or I'd link to it or the band) where they talk about it being a beautiful day yet hear fire trucks and think about how someone can be losing everything while others are enjoying the day. It's a great reminder of how life really is and how we should help each other no matter what is going on in our lives.
If anyone knows the name of the song I'd love to know it.
I'd also like to put out a big thanks to the people who donated to the "Charity Cases," you rock.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Memorial Service for Ruth Duckworth

I have been told by a reader that there will be a memorial service for Ruth Duckworth (open to the public) on Friday, December 4, 2009 at
11 AM at the Rockefeller Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ruth Duckworth

The artist community has lost another beautiful, talented soul as Ruth Duckworth has passed away at the age of 90.  Much can be said about the artists life and her work but nothing says it better than the images of her work.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Charity Cases

Atlanta has been having issues with way too much rain, almost 5 inches so far in October. We’ve gone from a 5 year drought to floods in the change of a season. I’ve been very fortunate thus far, no major issues at the house or the studio. Others aren’t so lucky. I know of one potter who’s lost her studio, other people have lost their homes and some their lives. The rains haven’t stopped so we can anticipate more loss too. It makes me feel helpless to know that these people are suffering and needing assistance yet the insurance companies are denying claims. The state has declared a disaster which helps in getting loans for repairs but really, how much does that help?
What I’ve decided to do is to create a “Charity Cases” box at my shows. The box will contain pieces that will not be priced; the buyer will make a donation which will go to a local charity or needy recipient and the donor will get a piece of pottery as a reminder of the good that they have done and to (hopefully) continue to give.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sudden Inspiration

It's a beautiful, clear, sunny, warm, autumn day in Atlanta. Thankfully the rains have stopped. I just got an idea of pulling the wheel out onto the deck and throwing in the sun. The dogs would love it. Life is good.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Sometimes good opportunities happen at bad times. Tonight is a meeting about a show that I wish to enter. I really should be at the meeting but it's also our four year anniversary and I should be celebrating with my Honey. We didn't have anything special planned for tonight as this is also the night when we go to a Stained Glass class at Callenwolde Fine Arts Center in Decatur, GA. So where I'm very excited about learning more about the show it's a little bit bittersweet only because of the timing. Thankfully, we discussed it, and reasonable understanding is prevailing.
I'm very fortunate and plan to spend many more anniversaries with Janet.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Roxie Remley, Brinson's Race and Pit Processing

I did not work on the studio this weekend.  I went to Georgia Southern University to celebrate Roxie Ramley's 90th bithday and enjoy her exhibit "Edge of 90."  It was a beautiful exhibit and celebration, Roxie is very sharp at 90 years old; proof that doing what you love is good for you.
While I was in the area I spent the weekend at Brinson's Race enjoying the peace of the farm, reading, hiking, taking pictures and cleaning out the pit for a pit firing that I'm planing to host there in the winter. Check back later for updates on the date and other details.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Studio Seeds

I came up with the idea of converting my house in Decatur, GA into a studio space for multiple artist one day and the very next day I received an email about a wheel and kiln for sale. Talk about serendipity! So I bought the equipment, plopped it in my kitchen and headed off for a long weekend in Asheville, NC.
The beauty of visiting artist galleries in Asheville is that many of them allow access to the studio of the artist also. I started looking around and formulating ideas. My intent is to make a great studio space for ceramists and other artists. This blog will talk about the progress I'm making towards this goal. It may not be great writing, it'll be more like me just talking about what I'm doing, successes and challenges and a place for other artists to give ideas about what has worked for them and what didn't.
Enjoy reading this blog and please contribute. Art conversation is always wonderful.
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