Shop Update

 

My latest shop update is LIVE, and it’s a biggie (in no small part due to this being a strange and ongoingly tough year)! Pictured here is just a sampler. There is something new in almost every menu collection! As usual, newsletter subscribers get advance details and a reminder, so signing up for those infrequent emails is always the best way to stay in the loop for what’s new and going on from my studio. And I’m always trying to bring something new! New colors, new patterns, and new joy.

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Thank you as always for your interest & support.

New Work


On Friday, I added new work to my online shop, including lots of cups & lots of NEW cups! I’m particularly excited about the colorful Squattie cups, perfect for an at-home cappuccino. Working on these helped get me through the stress & strangeness of COVID quarantine. I do hope you & yours are doing well.

Because I have so many cups available, I revamped my shop’s menu for easy browsing. So now you can pull down a menu from the Cups & Mugs Collection and search by style. I’m a wild woman, I know. 

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Shelter In Place Pots

   

I want to sincerely bid each of you Stay Hale & Hearty! Whether you are hunkered down like me, or are one of the brave out there working hard to help the rest of us through this, I want to wish you and your family well.

I sent out a newsletter last week announcing an unexpected update to my online shop with new work that was intended for other events that have been canceled or moved online because of our collective need to shelter in place & maintain social distance. The same upheaval is true for most of my fellow self-employed artists making us doubly appreciative of your support right now. If you are able, purchasing & gifting are awesome ways to show support for an artist or small business. Support can also be sharing (shop updates, announcements, and news) to your own community network via email or on social media. Liking, commenting, and sharing on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter are also helpful because it boosts artists’ & small biz visibility.

So, a couple things:

1. New Work. Because I have work, but fewer venues than planned, I have added bunches of new cups & a few new vases to my online store. Some pots pictured here have sold, but there’s lots to peruse. AND it’s actually the most diverse range of styles, colors, and patterns of cups I’ve ever made!

2. Mark downs. For the first time and because of this strange time, I’ve marked down some older work in a couple categories (serving, wall pillows, & plates) in my online shop. Normally discounted work only appears at my studio sale for in-person purchasing, but I’ve canceled that event as I’m all in for safety, plus this —if ever– seems like a nice time to offer a small, special opportunity to all of you for your ongoing support. 

Reminder, if your order costs less to pack & ship, I happily reimburse overages.

3. Requests. I plan to keep working as I’m fortunate to have a home studio, but because literally most everything has been canceled or postponed thru June, have time for requests! So! If you’ve seen something in my online shop or sold section and would like something similar, the same item in a different color(s) in my palette, or in multiples, etc. please drop me an email with image(s) and preferences so I can consider your request. It will still probably take 2-3 months to complete. (Payment process: Once we confirm our expectations, I send a PayPal invoice for a non-refundable deposit that goes towards the final purchase. When your piece is complete, I send an image and another invoice for the remainder. Request pots ship promptly after payment, and cannot be returned for refund.)

BTW, I’ve been posting more in my Stories on IG & FB than in the regular feeds lately (accessed at the top of each platform, or by clicking my image/logo there), so check there for updates & good stuff too.

Finally: A note on packaging & safety. As I mentioned & many of you know, my studio is in our home where both my husband & I have been sheltering in place. We are avid 20 second+ hand-washers with regular soap and water (some folks have allergies to hand-sanitizers & anti-bacterial soap, so those are not in use), and have been in contact with no one who is under the weather nor tested positive for COVID-19. If you are concerned when you receive your purchase, you can wait an extra period to open and/or wash your new piece, recycle the packaging, and promptly wash your hands (all of which I’d recommend anyway). All this to say, I’m only shipping awesome pots in each box.

Thank you for your interest & support!
Be well, & stay home if you can.

Teaching Workshops Article for SP


Before and after my Workshop Logistics article for CM came out last month, I heard from folks who wanted to know more about actually teaching workshops. In 2008, I wrote Thoughts from the Road: Learning to Teach Workshops for The Studio Potter journal, and they’ve recently made it available online. It was enjoyable for me to re-read after so many years, and reflect on what’s changed or is the same. Btw and per the article, I have now taught several No Fear Clay! workshops!

“A fear of trying is really a fear of failing.”

 

You can read the article here, and purchase this particular issue (Teaching & Learning, Vol. 36 No. 1, Winter/Spring 2008) here. I also contributed an article to an SP issue devoted to Starting Out (Vol. 33 No. 1 Winter/Sping 2004) which is available here.

I served on the Board of The Studio Potter for 3 years, and believe it offers a unique voice in the ceramics community, and found it paramount in my education as a young potter. For 47 years it was a print publication, and is now solely online. Peruse their site to learn more.

Valenspringtine 2020

   

Treat your sweet self or special sweetie! For the past five winters, I’ve given myself a month to delve into Valentine & springtime colors to escape the winter greys culminating in a Valenspringtine shop update. I always try to come up with a couple new forms in addition to new patterns on familiar favorites, and this year is no different.

For the first time in over 15 years, I made cup & saucer sets! They’re extra special in rarity & elaboration. I also made some fun, dessert-themed pillow forms —Petit Fours & Bonbons!— lovely for the wall or perched anywhere. They may be pint-sized, but they too are special and more elaborate than ever. And just like all great sweet things, hard to have only one! I’ll be posting almost 40 new pots, including Deluxe Cup & Saucer Sets, Deluxe Clover cups, Yunomi, & Wall/ tabletop Pillows. Pictured is just a sampling!

I posted earlier in the month that the sale would be Monday, but have moved it to Friday because of a change in my travel schedule, AND because shopping on Friday seems much more fun!

As I did with my last shop update, there will be a preview that begins in advance so you can peruse & plan. NOTE: During the Preview, the work will be labeled Sold Out till the sale goes live when everything will become available. (Refresh your device at noon.) There is lots of lovely work that is currently available too if you can’t wait!

Preview: Thurs, 1/30 @ Noon Est
Valenspringtine shop update: Fri, 1/31 @ Noon

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Please note: Last day to purchase for Valentine’s Day delivery is no later than Noon, Mon, 2/10.

As always, thank you for supporting and buying
handmade and elegant from my studio!

Workshop Logistics Article for CM

Read ALL about it! My novel* article for Ceramics Monthly highlighting actual contract standards for workshops with a spotlight on honorarium rates and inconsistencies by citing real numbers is HERE. I hope it will empower workshop presenters and become a resource for both ceramic artists and workshop venues (new & experienced) as well as inspire much needed conversation towards change and equity. Workshop participants will find it informative too and can help advocate for presenters. Please read, re-read, and share far & wide, especially with artists and institutions who could benefit from this information and/or don’t understand contract norms and fair honorariums.

Where to read: Article PDF,
Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.
CM Feb 2020 issue pp. 40-44, or CeramicsArtNetwork.org.

I spent big chunks of time working on this from May thru November in 2019 and could not have done it alone. Thank you to CM editor Jessica Knapp for inviting me to write about workshop logistics based on a personal FB rant, and for allowing me to veer off topic to pinpoint glaring issues in our field. Thank you to the CM team for agreeing to give me twice the word count when I realized it was quite necessary as well as being patient with my obstinate vision. Big thank yous to my clay friends, peers, and colleagues who candidly and thoughtfully answered my call for feedback and offered enthusiastic support for both me and what I aimed to write. And not at all lastly, thank you to my husband Trevor for reminding me to punch the thesis, enduring the ups and downs of this project, and being my constant cheerleader.

There is still so much more to say on this topic. Hopefully change will begin, others will take the baton, and the conversation will continue. Thank YOU for taking the time to read and share the article.

In 2008, I wrote Thoughts from the Road: Learning to Teach Workshops for The Studio Potter journal, which you can access here.

*Word choice courtesy a NYT article about women being less likely to praise their own work or emphasize its importance compared to men who are more likely to use the terms “unique,” “novel,” & “excellent.” So again, this article is an excellent MUST-READ!