Thank you sooooo much to everyone that bundled up and braved the drizzle and cold on Saturday to tour the Chatham County artists studios. It was great to see everyone and really great to see my work finding such lovely new homes. Almost all of the visitors yesterday were repeat customers, now becoming tour friends. We catch up on the year and spend time talking and it is the most fun thing! It makes me realize how important selling work this way truly is. I love the galleries that represent me, but there is nothing like the personal connection you make with someone that loves something you created. Maybe that piece was created during a time of grief or happiness or loss or joy, whatever it was, it comes from some emotional place, and it is nice to have a personal experience with the buyer. They practically have to pry the work out of my hands, I get so attached to each piece.
Remember these chairs? I love them and I knew when I made them they may have to wait on someone that understood. And last night just as the tour was wrapping up for the day some wonderful folks came in and took these chairs back to Virginia. Fingers crossed they make the trip. I was hesitant to put them out, just because of having to wrap and transport them! FRA-Gee_LAY!
Here is a collection of my barns in their new home with Michele, who is a delightful person. I know they will be happy in this home! Thanks Michele for sending me the photo, it made my day, made me smile! Michele is one of my collectors that will stay in my memory.
I met her in Saxapahaw over the summer when I was set up at the Farmer's Market. She bought three of my Randolph County barns and mentioned she had Cavalier spaniels and could she commission a piece to include one. I have looked for a little figurine every time I go to antique shops with no luck finding one. Yesterday, Michele showed up with the most beautiful little dog figurine, and I just so happened to have a barn with a niche that he fit quite nicely in. So the doggy and the barn have a new home. I love when things like this happen!
Thanks to all of you for shopping at my studio, there are so many wonderful artists on the tour and I am honored every time someone chooses to visit my place. Several barns have new homes, lots of ladies will be adorned with pretty raku pendants, trees will be trimmed with stars and doves, a secret santa gift is going to one of the tour artists! and lots of other wonderful things are in new places. The shelves are thinning out.
I also had a chance to have a long and very nice visit with blogger Amy Huacani, who was visiting from Pinehurst. It's always great to meet a blogger, Amy has shared many words of wisdom with me over the years and she has a fun blog to read. Thanks Amy, for stopping by!
So, today is another day, it is very cold and cloudy, but that's ok, the candles and the twinkly lights look especially festive on days like this, and I have lots of warm clothes. If I can camp out in the mountains during snow, I suppose I can survive a cold day selling my work out in the studio!