Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Holloween Blues

Halloween used to be my favorite Holiday. For the last few years it has been getting more and more just a runway for Christmas. Every year I tell myself that I'm going to make some great fall/Halloween pottery but when the time rolls around I am once again backed up with Christmas ornament orders. Maybe I should try and make some Halloween stuff this Easter.

Well I do get to go trick or treating this year so that's fun. Sawyer told me that I have to go as a big dinosaur as he his going as a little one. The kids in my area are everywhere during Halloween. I think they might be trucking them in from somewhere. Its snowed here yesterday and it made me feel like the Christmas season is coming a little sooner then later this year. Lets hope so.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Late nights

There is nothing like staying up late and getting up early day after day. This time of year I am up past midnight making ornaments and getting up with the little one at 7 (when I'm lucky). I do it because I am getting behind with production. I am catching up as I have promised my galleries ornaments by Nov. 15. It also helps that I think I have hit the grove for the season and am cranking some sweet product now. Its not that I don't like the overflow of customers this time of year, I just wish it could be a steady stream. Going from nothing to too many and back again is hard on me. I just remind myself how many others there are that would love to sell 1000 of anything, ever.

The kiln is about ready to unload so there will be a packing frenzy tonight and about 5 galleries will get work Monday. I have another batch in the wings and am producing dozens a day now. My goal is to have a large stock of un-purchased ornaments ready for The Big Crafty DEC. 7th. Everybody say it with me "Christmas season rebound"

Monday, October 20, 2008

Demo day 2

Well ask and receive for day 2 outside Woolworth Walk. Downtown for the Southern Highlands Craft Fairs weekend at the civic center I let tons of people try out the potters wheel for the first time. I was glad to see a sunny warm day and the crowds were great. I didn't sell as much as I would have liked but the word is out and I met lots of great people who I'm sure will become collectors soon. ;) It was so sunny I even have a little sunburn. Just right because we had a freeze that night. Time to get some firewood. Thanks again to everyone that participated in this weekends demo.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Demo Daze

Well I wish it would have warmed up a little more. What good is global warming if you can't throw pottery outside in October? I was overjoyed by the number of people not just viewing but getting involved and getting dirty! I love Asheville! Still after all these years the people who live here and the people who visit are some of the nice ones.

So traffic was stiff with a regular flow by the wheel. So good with so many people stopping by that we are doing it again tomorrow. A lot of kids with their eyes almost popping out of there face when I asked them if they wanted to give it a try. "really?" they would ask. "Yeah why not?" I would say "Are you afraid of getting a little dirty?
" I don't get to throw much these days. (that's "turn" for you southerners) I am so up to my neck with ornament production this time of year that its nice to just throw. No worrying about what it will look like in the end. It all was a pile of clay again.

So we may make the demo a regular thing when Highlands is in town. Just to remind Asheville. Yep. I'm here all year folks. A big thank you to the Woolworth Walk Staff and to all of you that came by.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Arrr ahhhhh but I love my 2 y/o

It's been a long day with the little man and I haven't been able to get my glazing done yet. Some days I am just out of energy. Clay also can suck out the energy. The trick is to balance the days out because both are also so rewarding and time consuming. The trouble is that some days I get overwhelmed by all there is to do. Well today is not going to end as one of those days so I'm off to do a little night glazing.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Post crash potter

So sales have fallen about 75% in Sept. and I am a little concerned. It seems like nobody knows what will happen to the economy. I make 3/4 of my income from Oct.-Dec. so you can see why I'm a little nervous. Having a degree in Economics doesn't help with the nerves these days. This year has been great. I have made money in months this year I only dreamed of selling pots during in the past. But now with the "crisis" whats a potter to do. Art is the first thing off the list when you loose income. So . . . I'll Blog about it.

This is my first attempt at a real blog. What will you find here? Just the day to day ramblings of a man who has been well wedged by the world. I am optimistic for the future. For the first time ever I am selling my pots online via Etsy. If you don't know about it, its a site for all handmade objects. Pottery fits that bill and I have even joined a team. The Etsy Mud Team! For the first time my work has made it out of the country now selling at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto and my work is selling at the Museum of Art and Design in NYC! Being a potter is like riding a roller coaster. Some days you are thrilled to be on top of the world. Some days you are so low you think you are going to be sick.

I will be updating this Blog during the weekdays only. If only a place to rant and rave, at least its a Potters Point of View.