I'm home from a fantastic night! The reception for my show was really fun and I want to thank all of you that came and said hello and thanks to all of you that have bought a piece. There were red dots and pieces that have already gone home with new owners and it's so cool that people are liking the work that I have busted my ass making and poured a good deal of my soul into!
I spent the day with a tiny sense of dread, what if no one comes, what if no one gets what I'm doing, what if I throw up.... you know the usual artist angst. But the door kept opening and smiling faces that I knew kept coming in and all was good in the world. I couldn't talk to everyone as much as I wanted because so many people were there, but if you guys are reading my blog, please know how much I appreciate you coming to the show. It was so nice to see your smiling faces, everyone looked so pretty and so handsome, it was a festive time! Thanks to my raku students that came, Bridgett with her husband and Claudia with her beautiful family, The Durlands all the way from Saxapahaw, thanks to those that didn't come that bought something earlier, Maureen, one of my raku workshop participants and clay pal got one of my raku houses and I am thrilled that it will live with her, my neighbor Crissy, thanks for coming, thanks to my best buddies Bob and Laura, thanks for the kick ass cowboy boots!, my friend and Tarot card reader, Carolyn who drove from quite far away to be there, my clay buddies Lisa Brown and Ronnie and Nancy, and my family, my niece Austin and her dad Danny, and mostly thanks to Gerry and Wes for cheering me on! If I missed you, blog and tell me, I sort of lost track of who all I did talk to! I have received emails from lots of folks that couldn't make it tonight but have been by to see the show and I really want to thank all of you for your support as well.
A year ago I couldn't even imagine doing this and tonight with the help of lots of friends, it happened and I didn't throw up after all!! Thanks mostly to Sara Gress for opening her gallery to my work and giving me a space to sell it. In 2005, I sold my first piece of pottery at the Artscenter a few blocks away from the NC Crafts Gallery during the Friday artwalk and came home so excited that I actually sold something. It was a Mother's day gift that a teenage girl bought for her mom and I was thrilled. I came home and went in to Wesley's room to tell her I sold something. Her comment to me was, "now you are bonafide" a line from our favorite movie Oh Brother Where Art Thou. Well, tonight, bonafide or not, I had a great time, thanks to all of you that came by. Seriously, it meant so much to have you all there! Whew..... thanks Sara!