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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hello Studio

Well the girl child is gone and instead of being awakened and annoyed that she was getting home at 4:00am, I got a good night's sleep. I worked in my studio today for the first time since before Thanksgiving. I couldn't find anything, so much had been tucked away for the studio tour, so I spent the morning cleaning and reorganizing. I forgot how much I like being in this space with all my treasures, my shells, driftwood, feathers, bones, amputated doll parts, haha! I'm so excited to be back at work. I have a bunch of slabs rolled out, they will set up over night and then first thing in the morning I'll start cutting out some new pieces. Tonight, Gerry has a late ball game to shoot, so I'm going to work upstairs in my other new space drawing some new house templates for the doll parts. I love that I can still use the drafting skills from my past life as a designer. My drafting table is the one I got when I was in college and I still do it the old fashioned way with a T square and a triangle. I had drafting classes long before there was CAD for computers, actually personal computers didn't even exist then, as I type this I realize I am a dinosaur!




I set up a new little shrine, lit a candle, burned some incense and just enjoyed the peace around me, the birds were tapping at my windows, the dog was at my feet snoring, and all is right with the world once more.
Thanks to all of you for reading my blog over the past few years and for leaving so many kind comments. I noticed today on my blog roll that Paul, Hannah, Doug and Meredith had all posted in a row, ironically these were the first blogs that I found when I started. 
My blog has become a great tool for sales and marketing. I had an email from Lark and Key in Charlotte before Christmas asking for work for the new year, they had found my blog, and this week I received an email from the Philadelphia Art Museum Craft Show with an application attached. I was curious how I got this email so I asked and the reply was that they found me through my blog. I don't think I can afford to do this show, even if I were to be accepted, but it was nice to get the email. 
I have also received emails from people that have commissioned pieces after seeing my blog, and then there are all of the friends that I have made as well. I'm still not a fan of Facebook, still not going to twit or tweet, but I do love my blog, so at least for now this is where you will find me. I hope everyone has a very happy and prosperous 2012. Have a groovy year, ya'll !!!

12 comments:

doug Fitch said...

Have a groovy year too Tracey. Your turn to come here soon :)

Scott Garrett said...

Tracey, i love your studio it's a terrific space in a beautiful spot. You're putting me to shame with your clearing out and re-ordering. I really need to sort my spaces. We have to leave our studio by april and have just found a new one, but with about half the space! Fortunately we will now be sharing with 2 ceramicists... and a large kiln! fortuitous! Jakki's in for a shock when i start dragging back nearly 3 years worth of hoarding.
Looking forward to seeing the new work, those doll parts are fantastic.

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Doug, I KNOW! I want to come over for a visit so much! Scott, the best way to cut the clutter, is moving in to a smaller space. Sounds like your space will be perfect! Just keep the stuff you truly truly love :)

Hollis Engley said...

Stay on the blog, Trace. I for one read it every time. And it's good to get back to work.

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Hollis, glad you're checking in. BTW, speaking of checks, I haven't had a chance to send you one yet, will try this week!

Lori Buff said...

People enjoy reading it, you enjoy writing it, keep on blogging on.

JUDI TAVILL said...

This is great... I feel like your work is totally evolving and this narrative thing is so interesting and peaceful to me... keep on keepin' on gurl!
xo

cookingwithgas said...

you are just where i thought you might be today- playing with all your stuff- can i bring a decapitated Barbie or Ken over and we can play house?!
Keep on TB- the girl is safe at school and you will welcome some work.

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Judi, yeah I'm digging the narrative thing, working on some church templates right now, fun stuff!
Meredith bring Barbie on over, I have a bunch of her friends :)

Michèle Hastings said...

churches... that should be interesting! Potter Tom White had some church with steeples butter dishes at the league of NH craftsmen show at sunapee two years ago.
they were wood fired and really cool, i regret not getting one and of course this year he didn't have any that i had to have :-(

Kings Creek Pottery said...

That photo of the slabs just scream POSSIBILITIES to me :)

I love your blog and your bravery- you lay it out there so well. If I were nearby I would come visit and give you a big hug! (if you would want one, of course!!)

andrea said...

love your shrine. I can feel the calm and peace and creative excitement in your studio. It just sent a surge through me too! Thanks for that. Indeed.