Thursday, February 28, 2013
I just wanted to thank all of you for your wise words, emails, phone calls and posts on my blog yesterday. I appreciate the opinions and advise and wisdom from your own experiences with galleries and UPS!
You will be happy to know that I received a very kind phone call this afternoon from the shop in question and I am going to be reimbursed 100% for my loss. I wrote an email this morning sort of paraphrasing some of your comments and asking them to do the right thing, and I am happy to say they did. I have a good relationship with this shop, they are very professional, which is why I was surprised yesterday to receive the email saying they would only cover 60%. Apparently this came from the accounting side, those who only ever see the numbers and not the personal situation attached. The gallery manager went to bat for me, fought for me and she clearly got the point across. I have been really impressed with how all of this has been handled, except for the packing part that started this in the first place! So, all is well, lessons learned by all of us. Fight for justice and the right thing, sometimes you can actually win the battle, especially when you are dealing with intelligent, kind and rational people, haha!
Meanwhile, I have a bisque fire going, finally, Wesley is home sick with the flu, and I am dressing my loom. This little cup is in the kiln, looking forward to glazing it over the weekend and seeing if it can survive my inept skills with ^6. I hope so, I have grown fond of it.
peace ya'll, hope all your shipments arrive unharmed :)
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A couple of weeks ago I got a shipment back from Mudfire Gallery. (I know, I just love all this work coming back, ugh). Mudfire wins the prize for packing and shipping. Double bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard and a HUGE box for just three pieces. Everything snug and safe, just as it should be.
I emailed photos to the gallery, they called, very apologetic and embarrassed, seems a new hire did the packing, obviously did not know what they were doing.
NOW.... here is my question to you. I have never dealt with breakage before, these are my first returns, and as I said the other gallery packed to perfection. This gallery wants to pay me 60% of the cost of these pieces they packed so poorly because I quote "it is such a hassle to file a claim with UPS and they aren't very cooperative with handmade items". They want to reimburse me as if it were a sale.
This hardly seems fair to me. Each barn was $150. So I think the gallery owes me $300 for this work. They emailed and said they were sending me a check for $180. As I am typing this, my fingers are tapping the keys harder and harder, I really think this is irresponsible and unfair and I am out $120. It's not like I am getting rich making pottery as it is, and now this. I like this gallery, very nice people and I have a good relationship, I don't want to burn bridges here, but seriously.....
So is this gallery policy? To pay a commission price for work they ship incompetently that gets broken? The work was insured, shouldn't I get the full price for my loss? I'm getting more and more annoyed with selling art. There are just so many pissy things involved!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I know it's cliche, but it's true, nature is so art inspiring. Yesterday's trip to the Uwharrie Mts. (pronounced you warrys) down in Asheboro fed my soul. It was around 40 degrees and cloudy, but the walking warmed me up and then the environment distracted me from the cold completely. These boulders are all over the place, outcropping in a flatter meadow area, and from this point you could see Badin Lake down below.
The Uwharries are a bit of a playground for.... how do I say this nicely? Southern Good old boys?.... didn't their mamas teach them anything about picking up trash?! Gerry spent some time gathering up broken glass, I gathered rusty tin cans and brought them home! I didn't know Bud Light came in this blue bottle. I'm thinking glass shards for raku..... I also brought home a lot of dried grasses, seed pods and some tiny sticks that have mossy greens and cranberry reds on them. I have an idea for some more nature weavings and raku on tiles.....
The red orange rock and the green moss on the boulders has me longing for glazes that would replicate these colors.
It was good to get out and let nature fill my head with ideas.....
......spend the day with a hot guy.......
......and drive along isolated country dirt roads. So much better than kiln sitting, don't you think?
Monday, February 25, 2013
Hope you guys have a great week.
ps: I have been meaning to say: some you you with different blog formats have blogs that I can't comment on with my ipad and also some I can't view if flash is involved. Just saying, I'm reading, but I mostly use my ipad now, so sorry for the lack of commenting here xo
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Day after Day, another mama's crying
She's lost her precious Child to a war that has no end......
Yesterday while I untangled an unholy mess from my loom, Gerry was playing his guitar. He has learned this song all the way through, he sounds really good, and it was in my head all night. What a profound song. Really puts into perspective how unimportant worrying about clay and yarn really is. Mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, children,and friends are losing a loved one somewhere in this world everyday. That's what's important..... the time we have with the ones we love, while we have them ..... for such a short time.
Friday, February 22, 2013
I am nearly ready to start testing some ^6 glazes, just got to get a break in the weather to load my kiln for a bisque. I made a bunch of flat test tiles, but then I realized the glazes I am testing are probably runny and I want to see what they will do so I made these little cylinders. When I was teaching hand building classes, we always had a stamp day. Everyone brought in creative things to make stamps with and we all shared. I have boxes of stamps from those classes, so I got out some old ones that I had forgotten about. These were quick and easy to make and are about 5" tall. I put bottoms on them, so if they look ok after the test firing, they might make nice little bud vases. I could be so lucky!
It's another dreary rainy cold day. Yesterday of course was beautiful, just to continue the trend of the psycho weather, and I got my studio cleaned up from the glaze mixing and red clay vs. white clay projects, and I cleaned buckets, boards, all the usual things that come along with pottery that people who want a $5 bowl don't understand. I should make a picture board one day of all the crap work I do just to be able to make a bowl and put it in my booth, ha!
Looks like an icky weekend, so I am planning to warp my loom today and do some indoor work. I gave it a try working out in my studio and putting the heater right at my feet, but still I was so cold, that now I have muscles in my neck all cinched up, my right hand is tingling and my left bicep is still in excruciating pain when I move it wrong. I'm pretty sure I have a pinched nerve but I have convinced myself that yoga is going to take care of it. I hate going to docs. So far my flexibility is getting really great, but not my neck, shoulders and arms. If I stay busy enough though, I don't really think too much about it. Just the pains of a body that hasn't been quite as active as it used to be. Speaking of staying active. Gerry went rock climbing last week with our old climbing mates and one of them is now 70 years old! Gerry said they were both climbing about the same pace, I am just digging the fact that a 70 year old can get out and rock climb. I'm not dead yet! Just a little achy....... but there is hope for a long active life!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
For some reason, I like coffee in a mug, tea in a cup. It just feels right.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I am beyond excited to have these beautiful tools, I am a tool- alholic, especially if they are beautiful and useful, and these are both. I only have one shuttle, and now I have many many. And they are so special, because someone's mother used these to weave, Hollis' mom. There she is in the photo he included with a note explaining that she started weaving in her 50's, ME TOO! Also included was a bowl to add to my growing collection of Hatchville Pottery. I have bowls on the brain right now, so this is a great inspiration to make some good ones. Except now, I only want to weave.......
Hollis, thank you so much for your kindness, and I have a little something here that I might just send as a big thanks for this very special package. Just know that I will use every one of these items with love and will treasure them, just as I am sure your mom did!!!
If that patch of sun had been by the door today, I think I might have laid down there myself. It was a cold and rainy day, again! more psycho weather. We really need some spring time don't we? Much like when we are bitching in August that we need some cool weather. Never satisfied........
Hope all of you are dry and warm and making beautiful art or if you aren't an artist, go buy some!
Thanks again Hollis, much appreciated, you made my day!!!
Saturday, February 16, 2013
This is my cup du jour, a sweet little Alex Matisse/Mark Hewitt cup, and the tangerine tea that looks suspiciously like an illegal substance.....
Today I woke just in time to see the neighbor's chickens running across the yard to our house and snow coming down.... HARD. It has not stopped all day, but this is my kind of a snow, very pretty, big fluffy flakes and a wet warm ground to melt most of it.
Gerry had to shoot the Carolina game, so Wesley and I snuggled in for a movie day and warm food. We watched Tree of Life. I feel so bad for the people that got up and walked out on this movie. Too bad they couldn't stay and really appreciate a talented film maker. What a visual film and such a relatable story for many of my generation. I loved it.
A pot of chili is on the stove, making corn bread and my favorite thing to make on days like this, Ina Garten's orange pound cake. It's comfort day here :)
This weather is making my head spin a bit, but it's sort of interesting. We get a day almost in the 70's then the next day snow, then meteors fall from the sky, then hurricane force winds blow. A little something for everyone! Hope your weekend is a lovely one. My girl is home for a few days, so it's all good here!
Friday, February 15, 2013
Actually, I like things to be simple. Complication annoys my brain. I think that's why I like making my barns. Build a barn, make it white. I would be happy to make a nice bowl, glaze it white. I don't like decoration on my work. I'm not good at it, so I feel like my form has to be really good so that the ^6 glaze holds up and doesn't look like my old student work at a community center. With wood firing and reduction, the glaze often makes a sometimes mediocre piece look great, but with ^6, the form should be good. I hope this works out. I have had many glaze failures since I got this kiln. This might be my last effort with it! There's always raku and terra sig, which seem to agree with me......
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Hope you are with the ones you love today!
HAPPY VALENTINE"S DAY
Have fun smelling your flowers and eating your chocolates today!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I have been thinking a lot about that and I have started marking things off my list. I withdrew from the CDCG board and the Chatham Artists board. I like the people involved a lot, and I like what they represent, but I get bored in those meetings, haha. My mind starts to wander, and the meetings always end with me realizing I missed most of what went on. So why spend my time there when I have so many other things going on in my life. I am also passing over exhibitions that require money to enter. If I applied to every show I have received emails about this month, I would have already spent about $300. Why bother? also passing on those expensive shows. A few affordable ones I will do, but $1000 booth fees? really?
I signed on to do props and help with the set for the Artcenter's production of Walt, a musical about Walt Whitman. I went to the first production meeting this past weekend, and was nearly giddy I was so happy to be doing theater work again.
I thought that I was over the barn thing, but I made some today and we still like each other. I'll make more, just not like the ones I made last year. No more of those. There are plenty out in galleries that represent my work, so I see no need to make more. I want to do something else. Little ones, more sculptural, less expensive, more accessible.....
I don't know about the dark clay. I like my white clay, my white studio, I spent forever today cleaning up red clay from my tools and boards so I can throw some white stoneware bowls. It may have to be one or the other, we'll see..... if the glaze tests come out good, and you know they will since I have doubts, the red clay might stay.....
Trish, the photo on the right is for you. I realized I forgot to respond to your question about how I raku fire beads. I have tried lots of ways, but for a quick and dirty tool, one of my students came up with this tree. It's just a lump of clay, I hollowed out the bottom, and I stuck in high temp wire. These things hold up to lots and lots of firings, unlike other things I have tried. I have three that I have had for four years now, and I made a new one so I can fire lots more.
I made some more test tiles and built some new shelves in my studio today for my glaze ingredients.
Tomorrow more white clay work and trimming bowls. Seriously taking advantage of this nice weather while I can. Sorry for you folks up in the northern polar regions, but I had my studio door open today and had a t-shirt on.... I know...... it won't be too much longer.....
I heard on the radio today that the Year of the Snake is about rebirth and transformation, and it is sure feeling like that here in the Broome household. All of us are going through some changings.. it feels exciting!
Meanwhile, I'm just going to do whatever I feel like doing and not worry too much about who is liking what I do and who will buy what. I'm just putting it out there for whomever may come along and like what I do!
Saturday, February 9, 2013
In 2004, I was taking pottery classes at Clayworks on 9th Street in Charlotte NC. and Gerry joined an embed with troops going to Iraq to do a story on the first anniversary of the Iraq war. He called me one day to say that he would be out of touch for a few days and couldn't say where he would be, but he would check in as soon as he could. A few days later, I was driving in to Charlotte to go to my pottery class and heard on NPR that two American journalists had been killed in southern Iraq, which was where Gerry was heading. By the time I got to Clayworks, I was sick with worry, could not focus on making anything and finally ended up in tears. Bless the people that were there that day, they consoled me as best they could and then one of them suggested I call home and see if Gerry had left a message. And by some small miracle he had. He was alright, he was at a camp with the troops that were looking after him and I calmed down a bit.
When this photo ran of this little boy, it really struck a nerve with the Observer readers. The chaplain that Gerry traveled with on his trip said his images were really getting the soldiers noticed and phone cards and things for them were pouring in.
The exhibit is so well curated and I was very impressed. We thought that Gerry's photos were to be part of a larger exhibit but instead they took the actual pages from the stories he and writer Mark Washburn filed and printed them full size on boards and the page spreads were placed all around the gallery. It made quite an impact visually and I love how they did this. As I stood in that room, I just had chills looking at those photos. They are powerful images and they reminded me of what a really great photographer Gerry really is. Sometimes with all of the football and hockey and basketball I forget that he used to tell amazing stories, back when there was real journalism.
There were several other people included in this exhibit, one was an artist that did a floor installation of the country of Iraq printed on a vinyl canvas, more about that later.
As we walked around looking at all of the photos, Gerry kept saying, where is my tank photo? It was one of his best images and they had asked for it specifically, but it wasn't in the gallery. I walked outside to shoot a photo of the building for my blog and found the tank photo, haha!
So, if you are in the Charlotte area, stop by the Levine Museum and check it out, the show is pretty great and the Margaret Bourke-White photos are pretty special too.
Wesley was home last weekend and completed her application to transfer to UNC here in Chapel Hill and enter the journalism school. Imagine that! She practically grew up in the newspaper building in Greensboro and has been able to go on assignment from time to time with her dad, and she wants to tell stories. Two peas in a pod, she has had a great example of how to do it, we will see what happens. Fingers crossed she gets in!
Congrats Gerry! I am really proud of you and the work you do... xoxo
Thursday, February 7, 2013
I had a good week in the studio, bowls and cups made for a test ^6, today I made about 50 pendants, some clay stamps and a few tile ideas that I am working on for a raku firing. The little barns are nudging me at the back of my brain, they aren't completely gone yet, but they will be different, the ones I made last year are all I'm doing like that. Time to move forward, I am feeling the push.