Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Siren Crafts and Sea Creatures

Alert to all Portland Oregon folks: I will be a vendor at the Siren Nation Arts and Craft Sale and I hope some of you guys can make it out to the event. I also suggest checking out the Siren Nation website for info on the other events during the week of the festival.
SO WOW, I mean wow. I cannot believe how fast October went by and I feel like I have little to show for the month. But sometimes the best things come out of the slower and more thoughtful moments where I may have little to show in product but more to be seen in progress. Or at least I hope that will be the case.
I’m already feeling tired thinking about all the glazing I will be doing this week but at the same time excited to see what comes out of the kiln.

Current favorite book:
Archipelago: Portraits of Life in the World's Most Remote Island Sanctuary. This is a gorgeous book that I must own someday! Creatures and plants of the ocean have always amazed and fascinated me so what could be better than a book chuck full of sexy pictures of them. (No perversion was meant in use of the adjective “sexy” to describe the images)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Solo Rocker

So I'm a bit of a homebody, not because I don't like to go out but I get working on something and before I know it, my day is over. However one afternoon I received a text message from Emily urging me to see Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zero's for the ending tour show for only ten dollars! Even I knew I would be a fool not to go. But as it was a last minute decision I wasn’t able to find anyone to accompany me. “Well that doesn’t matter I will have a good time for sure”, I assured myself.

Now because I was worried the show would sell out, I went early. Ahhh little did I know this was not the case. Word of advice to me next time, bring reading material. After the first band, which was good, I decided to take a trip to the gas station, make sure I had enough gas to get home. This idea was supported by the fact the second band was not so good. Now because I had been standing next to a speaker my brain was a little rattled so what did I do? Locked my keys in the car, oh yes!

After the show, 1:30am

After an hour Triple A came and popped open my car “Yay.” I then rushed back to the show worried I missed the band I came to see. Luckily I got back right as they where setting up. I had an awesome time, got a hug from a nice group of folks, high-fived a band member on stage, and couldn’t hear right for the remainder of the night. The show was probably the best I have ever gone to, so from now on friend accompaniment or not I'm going out.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

12 dollar day

I almost broke down and bought a Betsy Walton Print on Sunday, she is one of my all time favorite artists so it was a hard call. But I told myself, new car and grad school first then I can think about collecting art. Maybe if fate steps in I will meet Betsy at a show, she will see my work and happily ask to do a trade. Ahhh... I can dream cant I.

The Crafty Wonderland Sale was a success. In fact a little too successful as now I am almost out of stock and have only a few things to post on etsy. However now I have a little more room in my apartment and of course I'm a little richer too.

Next Monday I will find out if I got into the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale! Great name for a craft show right? I just have to wait in nervous anticipation till then, but while doing so I am already making working for it. Supposedly it’s the hottest crafty DIY show of Portland during the holidays so I am very excited to try it out and see how it goes.

My buddy Eric was teasing me that I need to make some 12-dollar mugs for sale. At first I laughed at him and then I took it as a challenge. I'm going to try working fast, no over thinking or spending serious time for detailing or glazing. Just some fast and simple mugs that still have some sort of pizzazz. At the same time I will use them partly as glaze tests so that I also learn a little more about my glazes in the process. I am having so much fun making them I can't wait to see how they come out.

I wanted to show this photo of my last time ever setting up on Alberta’s Last Thursday. I shouldn't say “ever” because absolutes are never good, too restricting. But since it has become so crowded and crazy this past year I realized the good times have come to an end. So farewell last Thursday, perhaps I will upgrade to selling at First Thursday.