| Well, what a year 2020 has been. We have all been affected in numerous ways. There are days I feel a bit more settled and at ease, adjusting to new ways of doing things. I found that daily walks and other exercise were helpful, though I find getting myself out the door in the colder weather a challenge, but if my neighbor can do it, so can I.|
This is the time of year we gather and give thanks for all of our blessings. Our normal gathering of 30 people will be 9, but am grateful for that. We can catch up on a zoom call and see everyone. I am also grateful to be an artist and craftsperson, as making work in the clay studio or in the basement working on a new distraction, a wonderful thing.
I am grateful for my lovely family, friends and you. Your support via social media or in person, has helped keep my chin up during difficult days. I am also grateful for the staff at the League of NH Craftsmen, as they helped organize a virtual fair, and gave us the tools, classes and personal assistance to have a successful show, and prepare us for other events we have participated in this year.
I just want to say thank you, share some pics of my work and my Barbie loving assistant, which all helped time move along. Please stay safe, enjoy your small holiday get togethers, I think it will get better.
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving.
Due to the pandemic and safety reasons the League and its Membership have decided to have a virtual fair this year, and look forward to the real thing in 2021.
SHIPPING! Shipping is expensive. Much of my work is heavy and the costs to ship a toad house for example, will be $15. Larger items or numerous items will be much more. I am encouraging CURBSIDE PICKUP. I live on the Massachusetts/ New Hampshire line.
If curbside pick up is something your considering… find your item on ETSY and contact me ASAP via email. firstname.lastname@example.org While in communication with you I will remove item from etsy and make payment and pick up arrangements.
You can simply order through Etsy where you will be charged the shipping. Leave a note to Seller, and indicate your curbside plans for pick up, and upon pick up I will reimburse the shipping charges. We can communicate through the Etsy message service.
We have certainly all been faced with new challenges in 2020. I hadn’t got my clay order in on time and my kiln is under repair, therefore I have been not able to make or fire any work. I have the time to update my social media accounts, do some drawing and experimenting with some of my craft supplies.
In my efforts to collect beach stones I have ventured out over last year, in some pretty chilly weather. Bundled up with winter coat, water boots and earmuffs during the late fall and early spring, and during the summer it quickly changes to shorts, tee shirt and flip flops ( my favorite) . Below is a picture of my rock collecting gear, include bucket, water boots, sunglasses, head band, pales, and bags….I do look interesting.
It has been a wonderful summer, full of great weather, great friends and quite a few trips to the beach….my new office. Trips to the “office” have a purpose other than soaking up the waves and sun. My new work requires a lot of beach stones, the more the better. There are certain specs that have to be met, before I toss them in the sand pail. Flat-oval-thin. Black, white, green, or red. Occasionally a stray stone, one considered “amazing” will find its way to the pail.
My new obsession is just an extension to my old beach combing days. I felt a sense of urgency last week, as the water and weather will be getting colder, and it will not be a place for flip-flops for another 6 months.
It took nearly a year of sketching, day dreaming, imagining and collecting “just the right beach stones”, but we finally have it. I am quite happy with how things turned out. Each piece was thrown on the wheel, trimmed, carved and worked on to create a channel. Then each was burnished, fired, glazed inside only and fired again. The finishing touches are placed in the channel when complete.
Like most of the country winter has been difficult here. Sometimes after snow removal projects there is little energy and desire to do studio work. Some work got done, maybe more than I realized. New ideas are swirling in my head, we will see where that goes. Most of the time I feel a bit frazzled because I feel very far behind.
Below are some photos of new Patio Lanterns, the will be in two sizes and two colors….for now.