Tuesday, November 30, 2010
But it isn't entirely unpleasant. I'm watching the little sparrows (and occasional cardinal, finch, and rascally squirrel) at the feeder just outside the window. I'm listening to a history of the world in 100 objects, wishing that there was a companion book to the series. My favorite episode so far is the one I've just heard- about how the image of Buddhism- the young, seated Buddha- is the one we think of when presented with the idea of Buddha. But really, they're all just fascinating.
I've just had my very favorite tofu curry soup (so spicy, so rich, so full of veggies), delivered by a soup fairy (thank you, thank you Jess), and am smelling the warm mingled spiciness of my umpteenth cup of chai and gingerbread warm from the oven. Homework is being completed beside me as I work. A little later, once I've cleaned off the bottoms of my pots, I'll get into bed with more tea, knitting, and finish watchingthe Gleaners and I. I'll wait to fire the kiln until the morning.
I feel so much relief since re-adjusting my holiday business plans. And I thank you, friends, for your support and understanding. It means a lot.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I have focused most of my production for local markets this year- two shops I'm thrilled to be associated with, my local farmers market, and my long time customers, friends, and family who live in and around Memphis. I've really neglected my online customers and my Etsy shop this year. I had big plans for listing things online near Thanksgiving, but low- Thanksgiving is this week and everything I've managed to make is either for local stores and shows or a really big thing that's coming up in mid-December, completely unrelated to the holidays. I think, realistically, that I won't be able to do a big update this year. If you were counting on it, I am so sorry. One of my 2011 habits-to-work-on is to update Etsy once a month.
Today, though, the idea of adding ten more honeypots/berry bowls/butter crocks to my to-do list makes me want to find a new profession. I was thinking yesterday as I was cranking out 15 of the same little item that ten years ago I'd grandly thought that I wanted to be a production potter, and how fulfilling and wonderful that would be. Now that I almost have become one, it is wonderful, and it is incredibly gratifying to have people tell me how much my work means in their daily lives, I'm realizing that it's also really, really physically tiring.
So. I'm letting myself off the hook for a holiday Etsy update. I'll put up some of my birds nest ornaments by Dec 1, because I did make those specifically for etsy, and I'll share my big news (the reason for the production pottery) in a few weeks. I hope you have a peaceful, family-filled Thanksgiving. And if you're shopping this weekend, I hope you'll make an effort to support local small businesses. The families that run them will thank you, as do I.
*Happily, thankfully, blessedly, my husband found a new position almost one year to the day after his layoff in November 2009. It is a good fit for him, an I'm grateful that it came along when it did.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Have a good weekend, friends.
Monday, November 15, 2010
I did something a little different this year- I had a "soft" opening Thursday evening for some area moms- it was good to get set up early and have Friday free from the usual pre-sale stresses. I think I'll be repeating that.
The weekend was capped off with the mortal release of someone who had been both a friend and foe. I went to visit her early this morning- she was no longer cognizant, which was a blessing, really. I spent a short time with her, did my other errands, and came back home to a phone call that she'd passed soon after I left. I'm grateful that we were able to have peace with one another, grateful that she is no longer in pain and conflict. Beginning my day with a release like this one is odd- I'd planned to have a quiet day; now it is more so.
This little porcelain cup is one of my favorite things- I bought it in Sewanee, TN, and can't remember the artists' name any more. I keep a beeswax votive in it to light when I pray and meditate. Today has been a very meditative day.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Okay. Time to finish glazing.
Have a good week!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Next to her is "Speckles," a barred rock. She's medium size, no larger than my sweet pet chickens. These ladies aren't tame. Yet. They'll come round.
I'll be back later in the week with some pictures of pottery, I hope.
Have a nice week!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Gary is covered up in freelance work, I'm covered up in pottery, there are school, scouting, and sport functions, and WOW- upcoming shows and sales.
Here's my schedule in brief:
Nov 12/13 Home Sale
Nov 28 Tsunami's Annual Holiday Art and Artisan Sale
Dec 4 Trolley Stop Market's Artisan Showcase
Dec 11 Memphis Farmers Market Harvesting the Holidays
Somewhere in there I'll be doing a big Etsy update. In between those we have some big family birthdays, a 7 year old birthday party, Thanksgiving, and everything else that we do as a family.
And tomorrow? We're picking up two new chickens.
See you soon, folks!