Archive for November, 2014

Small Busyness
November 30, 2014

Despite huge corporations, big box stores, and the pervasive manufacture and purchase of plastic crap (foods are in this category), I think that small businesses remain the backbone of the U.S. economy. If only the moral backbone. This is how I have recently helped to support three small, local businesses…

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The adorable, finely executed hat was made by Nancy.

The T shirt (that is the old Katz drugstore in Westport!) is from Made on Main.

Cecil, the Monster, was lovingly stitched by Megan at Monstrosity.

I have chosen one aspect of my life to include exclusively purchases made by hand. As you can imagine, this “aspect” is the newest, bestest addition to my small world. This is why I choose small business…

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You can see that she is on the road to being “raised right”. I am motivated to being a “small business activist”.

Saturday was “Small Business Day”. Did you know this? Please consider supporting small businesses. Buy local, purchase handmade. Perhaps you could choose one aspect of your life to be a Small Business Advocate.

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Holiday Sale!
November 29, 2014

Yep, It’s that time of year. The Kansas City Clay Guild Holiday Tour is next weekend! Grab a map and visit pottery studios all over the city and a bit  beyond. Please consider purchasing hand made items this season. Your friends and family will appreciate it, the artist will benefit, and you will feel warm and fuzzy all over.

John Eck and I will be selling our work at Rafter E Studio.  Lots of new, fresh functional forms. And dig this… Cookies! We will have cookies! Lots of cookies!

A sampling of our work…

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POW…Pots On Wheels…POW!
November 28, 2014

I am participating in an exciting ceramics adventure…check this out and click on POW’s link to learn more. If you love ceramics, you will enjoy this…

Gearing up for NCECA 2015 with a mobile education and outreach

gallery for beautiful handmade pottery–collaboration between over

100 clay artists.

In Boston, we’ve recently launched a project to spread our passion

for ceramics and design. We’re converting a 17ft bread truck into a

mobile ceramics gallery, called POW! (Pots On Wheels) in order to

bring excellent pottery to those who may not have had the opportunity

to touch clay before. Our gallery will display a diverse range of work

from over 100 artists, including Molly Hatch and Ayumie Horie. We’ll

drive around New England delivering workshops and hands-on

education to communities and schools. We believe that fine craft

makes people happy. We want to share the joys of making with a

larger audience. We’ll encourage new audiences, both young and

old, to see, touch and experience well-made functional ceramics,

made by a wide-range of contemporary artists.

Our first official wheeled appearance will be at NCECA in Providence,

where we’ll share our collaborative Cup Project with NCECA

participants. We’re in the midst of raising funds on Kick Starter to

purchase our gallery-truck. There are some great rewards for people

who pledge funds, including t-shirts, totally gorgeous original

ceramics (shipped anywhere in the world), and even a visit to your

location by Mark Shapiro and Sam Taylor, who will make pots and tell

stories in front of your very eyes!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1405237878/pots-on-wheels

There is only a short time for you to participate and enjoy one or more rewards for supporting a worthy cause.

I will be donating these cups and more…
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The tea bowl is signed…

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like this…
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The cup and saucer has…
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little chairs, too…
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Please consider clicking on the POW link. It’s about education for the ceramic arts…and fun!

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and peek at my website.

Back From Denver
November 28, 2014

Still unpacking from a trip to Art Denver. Had a great time traveling with Susan Hill, fiber artist.

Left with some money in my pocket and a great new booth shot…

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