Thursday, July 22, 2010

Plates, plans and grown up chores

Managed to throw a bunch of plates to fulfill a commission yesterday. At least 4 "Eat your cookies first" plates. The one I had made on a whim sold and then could have sold 4 more times at least! Have a couple of other things to get done too before the studio gets packed up. I have some time yet.

I'll miss LibertyTown alot. I have made many freinds here and learned SO much. Not just about clay, also color, composition, and the fact that a potter can have a constructive view of works in other medium. I see myself as an artist now, not "just a crafter". (Not that there is anything wrong with that!)

I still am experimenting and searching for what will be ME in my work. I enjoy the new slip work I have been doing....but am still not sure. Once I am settled in Charlottesville I plan on enrolling at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Dan knows Tom Clarkson, who teaches a bunch of the ceramic classes. I have heard he is very good and Im looking forward to having some structured classes. Most of my experience is with the classes at LT. College level will be great....and it will allow me to postpone the expense of a kiln.

But first the move! Today we were busy picking up Greg's commuter car from Woodbridge, taking two cars for their check ups, communicating via email with our Charlottesville realtor (Jim McVay is AWESOME) scheduling appraisels, inspections and choosing banks and movers. WHEW! No wonder I am on my third beer tonight!

Despite all that Greg was able to slip out for a hot walk. We live below the University of Mary Washington (will always be MWC to me). The squirrels always make their way down our way during th summer since the campus garbage cans are so empty. This little guy hit the jackpot! You'd never find a full piece of pizza in the garbage at our house!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

No pictures but the news is.....

...We're moving! My husband has been offered a job in Charlottesville VA. Once the decision was made there has been so much to do! Clean the house, put it on the market,(the clean the house bit has been ongoing....) We had 2 contracts within the first THREE DAYS. We are thankful but knew we had to scramble.

We've found a house in Charlottesville and nearly have the paperwork all submitted. We spent ALL day yesterday on the computer working with our realtor there getting the final offer printed, signed and scanned and emailed....(Thank goodness for my tech-geek husband....)

Now we must decide on a mover (We just can't face packing and moving ourselves this time....) and the sorting and purging begins...

In the midst of all this craziness we had one of those "micro burst" storms. There were trees down all over our neighborhood. We lost the tops of two branches of our massive maple that THANKFULLY fell in the neighbors yard and not on OUR under-contract-house. Fortunately no damage was done and we had it cleaned up in a couple of hours. Others were not so lucky.

Greg's first day at the new job is Aug 2, and I will stay here till our house closes Aug 20.

I have not thrown a pot in WEEKS. But today I must head to the studio and work on some commissions that MUST be completed before we leave. My plan is to set up a studio at home in our new to us garage. (Dan F. thinks I am too social to be happy alone.....he may be right) But I have no time frame for set up. I have been spoiled these years with LibertyTown. All my firing is done by the efficient Beth. I've loaded kilns...but never actually fired one. Will have to buy one of my own....

SO that's our news! I promise to keep you all posted. Pictures or no.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Heritage Festival.....

I'm heading to Sophia Street in downtown Fredericksburg to set up for the Heritage Festival. Mother Nature has gifted us with another beautiful day. No rain (though we need it, desperately) and only in the 80s! Come see me!

Then visit here again, next post....BIG NEWS!