Brookside Art Annual! May 3-5.
I’ll be in booth #83, which is halfway down under the big tent.
My first project in my brand new studio: tiles and bowls for the Mosaic Project. Mosaic Project Check it out, it’s a good cause that benefits many.
“What? You changed studios?”
Yes, I did! More on that soon…
In 2006, I …well, I had a little coma. Long story. During, after, and ever since my long recovery, I was and remain very grateful to my family and friends. Among my friends, I count the staff at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.
The staff at the hospital took my broken little body, nurtured it back to good health, and made it strong again.
When I finally made it back to my studio I was determined to find a way to thank those who had done so much for me.
I am a maker. I make pots.
Although only months before I had been making platters from fifty pounds of clay, I quickly discovered that I could only work with one half of a pound. So I sat my, still too little, self down and made little cups.
I gave a few to my family and friends who directly took care of me. Those, I could thank personally. There are many people who helped me out in various ways. I could not make enough cups! I am very thankful for all of you whether you purchased my pots to help me pay my medical bills or simply sent me a healing thought.
I took fifty cups to St. Luke’s, leaving 25 on the seventh floor and 25 in the therapy gym. And I have been doing this every year since because I remain very grateful for the good care that I received. So, folks at St. Luke’s, this is your thank you:
When I arrived at St. Luke’s from a hospital far away, I weighed only 72 pounds. Every organ in my body had either failed or was close to failing. The first thing you did was save my life.
Then you put me back together. My doctors, nurses, and therapists did a great job.
But more than doing a great “job”, the staff gave me so much kindness. John sang to me every morning when he came to let the sun shine in the window. Caroline made me laugh so often that I considered it “physical therapy”. And therapy? Oh my, you therapists in the 4th floor gym! How can you be such “ass kickers” and still be so loved? That’s talent.
Thank you for saving my life. I think of you often and always will. Enjoy your little cup, knowing that you are indeed greatly appreciated.
For the Kansas City Clay Guild’s Holiday Tour:
My new studio at Rafter E is not quite ready so I will have my work at my current studio, the one and only 323 Clay in Independence. A short drive will take you a great studio full of some of the best ceramics in the area. Not to mention the holiday cheer- food, drink, and fun.
Click here for hours and directions. here
Great weekend at the Plaza Art Fair. Beautiful weather and lots of fun. Thanks to all who stopped by my booth. An extra thanks to those of you who made purchases! Many new customers, as well as those who have been buying my work for years, walked away with a bag of my new work to enjoy or give as a gift. Acquiring art directly from the artist is a thoughtful and meaningful purchase, making a big difference in our lives. You are appreciated!
There was a lot of interest in my new body of work as well as the news that I am leaving 323Clay in the near-ish future. I will be showing my work at Rafter E Studio in the West Plaza area of Kansas City during the Kansas City Clay Guild Holiday Tour. We will have an official first opening of Rafter E Studio in the early spring. Meanwhile, check out 323 Clay, a local studio of wonderful artists, classes and more.
And…of course I had some pots left over from the Plaza Art Fair. I will be taking them to the Omaha North Hills Pottery Tour, Oct. 6-7. So it will be slim pickin’s after that!
If you don’t live in the area, I will ship pots. Orders over $200 are free shipping. If you live in the area, I will deliver pots to your door.
Click above on my “Pots For You” page to see what is available right now!
Up and out the door early for a pretty drive into the city…
Do you see the name on the box?
T-Dawg. Yep, that’s me.
Next stop, the Kansas City Clay Guild to leave my lidded jar and paperwork for the Holiday Tour. December will be here before you know it. Oh noooo.
Next stop… Stopped by another friend’s house for just a minute.