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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

Monotracer

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

Whiggle


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:

http://www.futurerelicsgallery.com/blog/?p=107
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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