It has been coooooold outside. Even though I have some heat in the clay studio it is still chilly working out there. So I have been getting in a lot of spinning.
Meanwhile I have worked out my show schedule for 2018. (See the updated list to the right.)
After some hard consideration I have decided to skip Powhatan Festival of Fiber (April) this year. It is a wonderful show every year, very well organized and a great size. I do well there and have so many loyal customers. But I have decided the one day shows requiring my own tent, set up, selling and breaking down all in that one day (plus the travel down/up I95) have just gotten too hard on this potter's body!
I am doing the one day Sophia Street Throwdown show in June. But that is literally less then a mile from my house! It was a new event last year, made up entirely of potters. Such a fun show...and allows me to make with abandon and decorate with any images I desire. (Not just sheep!) I hope some of my followers will make it to town to attend. More on that as we get closer.
The biggest news in my studio, I ordered myself a pug mill! This tool is one I dare say every potter would love to add to their studio, but it is pricey. It is thanks to all of you that I could take the leap and order one. Clay needs to be wedged before using, and while I don't wedge out of the bag before throwing, I have many small buckets of clay around my studio (awful trip hazards!) waiting to be recycled into usable throwing clay once again. Wedging, which works all the gaps and air out of the clay, is hard on the wrists and back and since I want to do this for as long as I can, I finally made the decision to buy one! My new baby will be here in a couple of weeks. I will take pictures!
And here is another random picture to round out this post!
(Weaving project with my handspun yarn.)
....and a belated Happy New Year to all of you!
I totally "get" it. The whole setup and take down is a LOT of work and I don't think 2 day shows are any easier. I give you credit for sticking it out. I've backed out of any shows and am closing my little business (which never made money anyway). Now, I'm only going to make out of enjoyment, and because I need to make - or I go nuts.
I hope to make it out to the June event this year!
Take care. Hope to see you soon.
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