Wednesday, April 10, 2013


There was a question on Facebook this week about seconds. What do you do with your seconds?

So I've had a very busy two months. There was some weaving.

My latest wool blanket

 I was working hard to build up inventory for a new fiber festival in Virginia this month (Powhatan Festival of Fiber).  I took advantage of an opportunity to move from my old studio at LibertyTown

(here my loom is already missing...)

 to a bigger and brighter space that I will share with my painter friend Carol Phifer.

Of course.  It was also FINALLY time to move into our new old house!  So the Saturday before the house move I decided to throw out my back. 

 I have finally learned the lesson of Asking for Help.  Artist friends helped with the studio, neighbors helped move items we didn't want the movers to take, the UMW girls rugby club (Rent a Rugger) helped move my pottery studio gear from the shed behind our rental and my buddy  Beth (Artist in Residence Extraordinaire) and her fantastic significant other helped me move my kiln.

After a full day of movers loading the truck, then unloading the truck we were left with this.

and this

We are getting there.  But slowly as I am still being careful with The Back.

Medicine helps.

Which brings us back to the discussion concerning seconds.  During all this moving and rearranging I had a kiln load of pots turn out less then good.  Sellable?  Maybe. But not a good representation of my work for a new show.  Seconds? I struggled with the idea of selling some at the LibertyTown artist yard sale in two weeks....but I finally decided that I was not happy with them and did not want them in circulation.  No matter that many people might not see the flaws.

So out came the hammer.
And it felt good.  No regrets.  (The best sign that it was the right choice.)

And since there is no time to recreate that load and my back is still healing I had to make the decision to pull out of the April show.

I will spend the next weeks setting up my home studio, organizing the home weaving space and working to have the few problems in the new place fixed.

And icing.

It's all good.

Even if that little clay box can hold half a kiln load of pots.


SarahVV said...

I guess it feels like ripping out a project you don't love! So glad to see you moved into the new space, even if there is lots of unpacking left. YAY! :)

cookingwithgas said...

it's all about the beer... we have been to devil's backbone and it is a favorite place to go.
Beer and a hammer all equal good in my book.

Anna M. Branner said...

SarahW you are right it is very similar. But at least when you frog a a sweater you can reuse the yarn...

And Meredith when you went to DB did you stop by Blue Mountain too? They have awesome pizza!

Tracey Broome said...

What a wonderful weaving space! I am so envious of your light. My loom is in such a dark room, when I have to thread the heddles, I put on my headlamp from camping. Nice to see you back on your blog, I have been there toooo many times with the moving boxes, good luck with.that! Your house looks so bright and cheerful:)

MarthaVA said...

I'm sorry you won't be at the festival. It's my first festival. I'm nervous.
I hope your back heals. Don't over do it. The house isn't going anywhere.

Anna M. Branner said...

I know Martha! I am SO disappointed. Really. I wanted to be a part of it. I am going to try to come anyway to see your success!!