Friday, December 26, 2008

non-ceramics Christmas post

My father sent me a mystery present. All it said on the card was "Luv Dad, I didn't know." I couldn't figure it out until I opened it. My electric train set.

My electric train set, it was worth the 29 year wait, now all I need is a special room to build tunnels and villages...

Sexy working man in his new sexy work overalls. Mmmmmm, carhartts.

Matthew practicing his baby holding with one of the cutest babies in the world.

Christmas Eve dinner with friends. It was fun and we all had to head home at 11pm because NORAD told us that Santa was on his way to BC.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

pricing conundrum

I'm pretty comfortable with the pricing on my functional pieces. I could raise the prices a bit, but now doesn't seem to be the time. I am making quite a few smaller pieces for this show as the smaller pieces seem to be the ones that people purchase. I have a really hard time pricing my art pieces. A lot of work goes into them and a lot of me personally goes into them. They are so much more than production pieces. So my question for you guys: Do you have any formulas or systems that you use to arrive at prices for your pieces? Either functional or non-functional pricing schemes. Help!

frost porcelain lantern forms

I started to work on the vessel portion of my upcoming show this week. I am happy with these lantern forms. The Frost porcelain is beautifully translucent when lit.

The text and image portion of the show is a little more challenging. There is so much I want to say and so many different aspects of woman as vessel that I can explore. I think I will spend next week researching more and letting ideas float around in my head.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

pondering new forms, thinking warmth and light

It seems like quite a break to be in my studio only. I have been working full time in the schools again. I love it, but find it tiring when I return to my studio each evening and weekend to catch up for Christmas orders. Now it is holiday time. My only responsibility is to be in my studio until Christmas day. All of the orders are out, all of the extra pieces placed in the galleries and shops and I am just sitting in my gallery waiting for last minute shoppers. It is -30 outside so I am quite happy to be inside. I spent yesterday catching up on bookeeping and organizating the paperwork portion of my studio. Today is all about thinking. Thinking about my upcoming show which I need to finalize forms for. I am still floating around a lot of ideas. I start building the show pieces tomorrow so I have to come to some kind of a conclusion. With all the cold and dark around me I am leaning toward porcelain vessels that contain candles. I like the idea of the warmth and glow coming forth in a darkened room. Now I need to decide on the text and images to have on the cylinders. Hmmmmm

Saturday, December 13, 2008

christmas meme

This meme comes from Gary Rith, a fabulous and friendly fellow potter.

1. What was the best present you've ever received?

A ride-on yellow duckie that my sister actually got. I, being the bigger (and apparently meaner) sister, pushed her off and rode it around myself. My family still mocks me about this...

2. What was the worst?

A barbie camper when what I really wanted was an electric train set. A great present, just not the train set I was dreaming about. Still have never received a train set (but I'm over it now).

3. What is something you really want this year for yourself?

A new camera body. To be specific a Pentax K200D digital SLR body that will fit all of my beautiful and unsurpassed by modern techonology lenses of old.

4. What is something you really want this year for someone else?

I would like little fairies to come and finish building my husband's workshop so that he can start his business.

5. What's your favorite Christmas memory?

This would be an amalgam of all of the Christmas's spent with my family at either my Grandma Kate and Grandpa Vic's farm in Vancouver, or at my Grandma Joyce and Grandpa Roy's beautiful brick house in Winnipeg. All of my family together, eating and playing games. Magical.

What are your answers?

new pots and new stamps

I opened the last kiln load before Christmas today and was very happy with the results. Here are the porcelain vases with the plant decals in matte copper.

Porcelain plant vases in Gary Cranberry (what a nice ring).

Large bowl (16 inch) in matte copper. I have a plant series going now. I have however run out of decals. This is a good thing as I need to start working on my show that is coming up. No production decals means that I shoud focus my energy on creating forms and text for May.

Squidly the bowl.

Some lovely new stamps from my friend Vanessa. Who knew that befriending a scrapbooker would have such great results? (Just kidding Vanessa, scrapbooking is totally cool, I mean it...really). I just mock it because I am no good at it.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

winter wonderland (aka - no one can make it to Calgary)

The snow has been falling for two days steady now. It is beautiful and deep and means that a lot of people will be town doing their Christmas shopping this weekend...

I finally have something with a dragonfly on it. I get a lot of requests and had yet to find the perfect image. This one is it!

Spring flower decal mugs. I sold a lot of decalled ware at the last two craft faires. I am going to spend tomorrow scanning and printing new images.

The shelves are full but with no back up pieces. My best hope is that I will sell it all in the next month and can then get started working on my upcoming show and a new body of studio work.
Waiting for decals and then waiting for a place in the kiln.

revelstoke craft faire

When you can't afford to go to Hawaii, you go to Revelstoke. At least that's what we kept telling ourselves last weekend. Picture the above, but with a lot of snow...

Here is my sweetie, faithfully manning the display and spending the entire weekend with me, indoors, selling pots. He is a good man.

It was a good weekend, a lot slower than the Golden Craft Faire, and not nearly as warm as Hawaii. But good in it's own way.

oh it's been so long...

Much silliness ensued during the last weekend in November. My girlfriends and I met in Calgary for our annual weekend of debauchery. My girlfriends all debauched and I behaved myself...

This photo illustrates the reason for my good behaviour. In case you don't notice the bump, Tracy's finger is directing you to it.

However, the rest of the gang had no problems making up for my lack of craziness.

See, no silly face making this time.
I have a confession to make. I am no longer solely running my studio. I have taken a position with the School District again. So Monday to Friday I am in the schools full-time (self-employment doesn't offer maternity leave...). This would be the biggest reason for the lack of posts lately. Running a studio during the busiest time of the year AND a full-time job haven't left me a lot of time for posting. I will back at it on the weekends and as soon as the position ends.