Monday, May 25, 2009

Vandalia Gathering

My friend Mary, who is more of a traditional potter was demonstrating at the Gathering. People loved watching her throw and the kids were great fans too.

Vandalia gathering

I was at Vandalia Gathering my first show of the season this Saturday and Sunday.
This is one of my favorites, because it is not a craft show exclusively, for it has music, liar contests, fiddle playing competitions, and dulcimers playing and for sale, also native plants for sale and Irish dancing, among many more activities.

The place is the beautiful WV Capitol grounds with big trees, flowering shrubs, and well-kept lawns.

Like last year I was set up right by the Capitol steps but this time I didn’t see any kids climbing them, a puzzle to ponder.

My sales were very good this year and some credit has to go to that wonderful article in WV Living Magazine featuring me working in my studio. And some to the beautiful weather and maybe the economy is not as bad as we thought.

The curious thing though is that except for 2 very small items All I sold were Claybeings they seemed to talk to people and give them a lift in spirits enough to want to own one or two or three. I sold Nothing Functional although I normally do and my functional ware is also decorative so there is another puzzle to ponder.

So unlike my one and only out of town show, this time I came home with full pockets and half empty boxes and a solid conviction than one should grow where one is planted.

Sticking close to home seems to suit me perfectly as I am getting to be known around here and people seem to appreciate my work while I am making new friends and loyal customers all the time. One note though, my biggest 2 sales where to out of towners, yet another puzzle to ponder.

Monday, May 18, 2009

A Sun Shiney Day

Good morning world;

Today the sun is shining, the air is crisp and the temperature is just so right. That everything is right with the world, life is good.

Here are a few pictures from around the house 10 minutes ago so..

Enough writing I have to go out and enjoy.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

What I did for me

Today is mother’s day and since I am a mother I was able to do whatever I wanted, which meant going to my studio and making some mother sculptures with variation/improvements on what I normally do. Then went back in the house and made some Taboule since I love cooking and love it. So all in all it has been a great mothers day especially since my children are far away and there is no way for me to be with them today. hearing their voices was nice.