Monday, May 27, 2013
I went into an Anthropologie store while I was at the beach and their shelves are full of pottery, some made by bloggers some of us read. It was disturbing for me to turn one piece over, I know who I thought made it, but it had a Made in China sticker on it. As an artist trying to succeed in this clay world, I found that just took the wind out of my sails quite a bit. The part of me that worked for large successful brand driven companies knows how to get to that place, but the part of me that wants to curl in a ball just can't get my head around jumping into that fire. All I seem to want to do these days is find a small farm where I can have chickens and sheep and walk around in the grass. I'm hopeless..........
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Oh no, not me. We did manage to get to the beach one day, but mostly we sat around at the house, on the screened porch or by the pool, slept, read and talked. It was nice.
Except for the drone of motorcycles. Memorial Day week is Black Biker Week at Myrtle Beach. Thousands of bikers come to town for the bike rally and it is a sight to see. It's pretty insane, but sort of interesting to be in the middle of it. Wes and I rode up to North Myrtle one day and cruised by Hooters to check out all the bikes, what a party!
We needed a bit of an escape from the noise so we went to one of my favorite nearby places, Huntington Beach. Atalaya is there. I used to play amongst the ruins of Atalaya as a kid and I have some very fond memories of this place. Thank goodness there are people with the presence of mind working to preserve this historic home. You can read more about it here at Atalaya wiki
Yesterday I was at the Farmers Market in Saxapahaw, pretty good crowd, not great sales.
Gerry is shooting the Memorial Day Nascar races in Charlotte and I have a bisque to unload. The barn for Woods School survived, now to stain it and get it ready for it's new home, yippee!
Have a great week!
Monday, May 20, 2013
Tonight as she was holding it, she said to me, "this cup was an important companion to me this past year." Sigh........... could a potter hear words any sweeter to their ears?
She continued to say that she drank everything from that cup, water in the morning, hot tea, warming hot chocolate, comfort to her on those cold dark lonely nights in her dorm. She had some very lonely times, but she found comfort with this cup. I think that speaks volumes to those of you that make functional pottery. So here is to all of you that make beautiful work that brings a smile, a moment of joy or comfort, or laughter, or a memory long forgotten. Thank goodness artists are not easily defeated!
Taking my girl to the beach this week for some head clearing. She went with her dad to cover the Nascar race in Charlotte this past weekend, and I think her head is about to come undone from the shear intensity of this southern unexplainable sport..... Gerry has covered Nascar for almost thirty years now. Last night Wesley said, "I just don't see how he does what he does." I don't either, but he does it well.
Peace to those of you in Oklahoma, prayers for all
Saturday, May 18, 2013
video courtesy of Gerry Broome
So.... remember Gerry was shooting a video at Shakori? Wesley helped with audio and it turned out fantastic. I didn't think I would be able to post it because he was making it for AP video. It took Gerry three days to shoot the thing, three days to edit, then it went to the video peeps and they took awhile to get to it, then got back to him saying it was a week old and they couldn't use it...... what?
So lucky for me, I got it for my blog. YAY for me, too bad for AP! Susan and TIm are so talented, this deserves to be seen!
Friday, May 17, 2013
notice the byob mug from Mark Heywood, it makes the perfect traveling companion!
All my art pals were there last night and it was so great to see all of them. I am surrounded by talented friends, it's just amazing.
Laura hates it when I post pics of her on my blog, this seemed like a good solution, haha!
Thanks Barbara for the email to say that TODAY is Friday, I have no concept of time.....
Thursday, May 16, 2013
at Tossing Ashes
Robert Bullock is the other featured artist and the show is called Anthro/Morpho.
See more at Outsiders website here
I hope lots of folks show up tonight to support some great art!!! See ya there!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Like many of you, I had an outdoor event on Saturday. I was driving down to Saxapahaw and the clouds got darker and darker and finally right before I got there, the rain came. Of course.... Wesley was with me and we just pretended we didn't see the large drops of water hitting my car. I refuse to be defeated by the weather this year, I am mostly going to ignore it if at all possible!
It let up just a bit when I got there and then found out they had moved the market over to the Haw River Ballroom, which is a fantastic space, an old converted mill that is now a music venue.
The band got to play on the stage indoors, great for them, the sound system is fantastic. I had a choice to be inside or under the porch and I figured it would be better outside, so I set up right at the front door. I could see and hear the band and I had a lot of traffic. Did pretty well considering the weather.
My iris bloomed for Mother's Day, aren't they pretty?
Wesley and Gerry gave me a beautiful orchid. They also gave me a hand crafted cedar planter box from a gentleman at the Carrboro Farmer's Market. I have been looking at them for a year or more wanting to get one. I need to go out today and pick up some herbs to plant in it. I also need to get back to work in the studio this week. Finishing up the haiku barn, it's coming along very nicely!
Happy week, all
Friday, May 10, 2013
There are Messengers
Who come forth from old trees
Bless us like sunlight
I have started working on the barn commission for the principal at Wesley's old school. He is a charming man, loves art, plays the piano, loves nature. He wrote a blog post about sitting in a Japanese garden and after I read it I was inspired to stamp a haiku on the barn for him. I asked Wesley to write it for me and this is what she gave me this morning. I got a little teary reading it. I knew she would deliver, she has a love for words like no one I have ever met. When she was at this school, she wrote many many haikus and she was inspired musically so many times by this principal. I remember once she came home and told me about walking in on him, alone at the piano, playing Colors of the Wind, her favorite childhood song. It was such a special moment that she will always have a memory of.
I'm excited about this piece, it will be very special. I like commission work for these barns most of all, and that may be where I leave them. I can't see me making lots of them for sale anymore, but who knows.... right now, it's all about the small inexpensive work for the summer. And just getting back to enjoying the process.
Walt opens tonight, love opening night at the theater! I am still gathering props, jeez! with just 10 hours before we open, pretty typical. This used to make me nuts, now I just go with the flow.....
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
I got an email yesterday from Wesley's old high school. The principal is leaving and they have asked if I could make a barn for him and personalize it. I am so flattered and touched that they would ask me, but with all the barns I have on the shelves I am truly less than motivated to make another one and this wet weather is killing me. How can I get slabs to stiffen up in this weather?! and my head is one big throbbing sinus project these days. Not to mention my current preoccupation, thinking about sheep, haha! I need some inspiration, I would like to make one for him, he is a great man and definitely influenced Wesley's life.
I walked up to Richard Petty at the Charlotte Motor Speedway years ago when I was there helping Gerry run film. I asked him if we could have our picture made together. He put his arm around me and said, "let's do it". What a legend........
I might last a week with one....
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Today it whispered to me and Wesley, it was a weird day..............
Our blogger pal Meredith Heywood invited me to go in March and it snowed that day so we gave up. But today I was determined to get there and Meredith agreed. Wesley's first morning home from college and I drag her out on this cold morning with promises of stopping at the Waffle House for breakfast. We sat at the counter and met the most interesting people working there, it's like you get a show with the meal every time you stop at one of these restaurants. I love it and I just see Wesley's writer mind absorbing everything.
while we were shooting pictures this crazy little dog came out of nowhere, jumped in our car and grabbed a treasured item of Wesley's and ran off with it. Wesley saw him and took off running down the road, chasing him and yelling come back here you little fucker (she gets that from me, ugh!) he didn't come back and I am telling you I have never seen my child so pissed off in her life. She said the f word a few more times, jeez. Wesley never swears, she has a huge vocabulary, but sometimes there just isn't another word to fit when you are really mad.
It was time to say goodbye to her sacred object and somehow this horse told her it was ok. This horse told us a lot today......... he gave me hope for the future and gave me peace and a sense of how I want to spend the rest of my life. He gave Wesley peace too I think. He spoke to us in very different ways, but there is no doubt in my mind, he was talking to us!
Llamas and churro sheep said hello
I want a farm worse than ever now, and I would really love a sheep or two, or twenty.
I'll show you more later, don't want you yawning all through my post now do we?!
It's so nice to have my girl child, now twenty years old, back home with us. A good week is ahead, I can feel it!
Saturday, May 4, 2013
It was $40. I came home floating on a cloud. I went in to Wesley's room, she was all tucked in bed, and I told her I sold my first piece of pottery. She said, "now you are bonafide". If you have seen the movie Oh Brother Where Art Thou, you will understand where this phrase came from, we used to say it all the time about everything.
Today, I sold my first weaving, and then I sold another one. Guess that makes my weaving bonafide too! Hope so, it sure felt good to sell it. I loved the way the two women that bought the runners looked at them, held them, talked about where they were going to put them..... oh yeah..... why we do this!
I sold a few pendants, of course, and a couple of small dishes. It was a slower festival than last time I did it. The weather wasn't the greatest although the sun did choose to show up for a couple of hours. But then it got really cold, started to sprinkle and then it was time to go home. It was a great day though. Affirming in so many ways. I talked to some of the nicest people, everyone was happy, enjoying the day, the music, the wine from a local vineyard, the good food the farmers brought, and the ice cream. They even stopped at the craft booths..... this is where I want to be right now. Outside at festivals, having fun. It's so funny, I was saying exactly the opposite two years ago, but the indoor shows are worse than battling the weather, so me and the weather have come to terms and I am just going to deal with it. At least the light will be from sunshine and not bad indoor convention lights.
There are even flowers :)
I loved this booth, the displays were so inviting and so were the pastries
Nice Fracking booth, whoop!
life is good!