Sunday, October 31, 2010

Occasionally my studio is presentable to the outside world. November 6th will be one of those days. Stop by and shop and have glass of vino with me. I will also have dirt cheap seconds for sale.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

In the upcoming weeks I have lots going on including shows, classes and workshops. This means one time to update this blog thing. It will be intermittent at best.

For my show calendar click here.

I'm offering holiday workshops at my studio and another wheel throwing class at Art House.

And of course stop by my first show of the holiday season at my studio at the Lake Erie Building.
Saturday, November 6th from 1-8pm
13000 Athens Ave
Lakewood, OH 44107
***My studio is located on the 3rd floor. I will be joined by Ruth Sholtis-Furyes (foxy jewelry maker), Deborah Pinter (photography and knitted catnip mice!) and Nicole DiGiandomenico (cupcake extraordinaire)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Glamorous World of Organizing Shows

This is the time of year where I lose my mind (more so than usual). Its holiday show time. Weekends are full of selling work and weekdays are full of making work in between actual work, cooking, cleaning, hitting the gym and occasionally pretending I have a social life. I lose track of friends and they start to send out search parties while wondering where I have vanished.

Unlike last year where I did 7 or 8 shows...(I do not really remember. I blocked it out)... I'm only participating in 5 shows, 2 of which are in my studio building. This plan of action has resulted from the following...
First, the economy is still so shaky. I know I don't have a ton of money for gifts. I've gone the route of making lots of inexpensive little pieces of art for affordable gifts. I've also added 2 holiday workshops so that people can create their own gifts.

Second, doing shows sometimes just plain sucks. Lugging around pottery is a bitch. Its heavy. It needs to be wrapped. Then there are displays. Travel expenses. Blah blah blah. Its a lot of work. I'm picking and choosing more wisely after weeding out the bad shows from the past.

Third, I just don't have as much work made. 2010 is being referred to as the "vortex of suck" by my friends and I. Its been full of death, illness, losing friends with the inability to multitask and have boyfriends too and your general slew of bad news. I've made less work with less time than ever to do so. On the bright side I have made better work.

Fourth, I organize a show. Every November our studios open their doors to the public. This requires press releases, postcard designing and distribution, meetings, cleaning my studio, setting out my work, signing the buildings so you can figure out where the hell you are going (its an old factory, its confusing), making maps to ease this confusion and wrangling artists to do your bidding. Its a lot of work and I'm tired.

When you wonder where I am you now know I'm either at the studio, on my way to the studio or just leaving the studio. Or hiding in bed. Or drinking red wine.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Ceramic Ornament Workshop!

Create ceramic ornaments in this one day workshop for teens and adults! I will provide the clay, glazes, tools, cookie cutters and kiln. You provide imagination (and cookie cutters if you have some too!)

Students will roll out slabs out clay to cut out ornaments in a variety of shapes and size. Then we will glaze and carve to create one-of-a-kind pieces. I will fire the pieces once dry and then they can be picked up at a later date.

Cost: $50
Times/Dates: Saturday, October 23rd from 10am - 1pm.
Pick up on Saturday, November 6 from 1pm - 8pm during our studio open house!
Payment is due at time of registration. Cancellations up to one week before class minus a $20 supply fee. No exceptions.

Email for more information.

A day of artsy craftiness on Cleveland's west side!