It has been a while since I said "Hello!", so I wanted to let you know what's been happening. Of course, there was the busyness of the holiday season that took me out of the studio for a while. However, I was lucky enough to have some custom orders to make for several people to give to the special someones in their lives for Christmas. It is one of my greatest joys to be even a small part of a kind gesture people extend towards each other, so it was a delight to make items for customers' loved ones.
Beyond that, I am back to working in my studio and bringing new ideas to light. It is taking some time to figure out the details, but I am excited about the direction things are moving. It seems, though, that no matter what type or amount of clay I work with, I am covered in it from head to toe. It most certainly ends up in my hair. How fortunate I am to get to play in the mud each day and to get a little messy!
Though I don't have any new finished pieces to show you at this time, know that I am busy working on new items and planning my shows for 2018. I will keep you posted here and on my Facebook page as to my new show dates and locations, and I will share my new work in the near future.
A gentleman at this weekend's farmers' market asked me "How long do you think farmers' markets have been around?" I thought about it a minute and replied, "I would guess they've been around as long as there has been farmers." He raised his eyebrow at me and said, "I suppose so." It was a simple enough exchange on the surface, but it left me pondering the question.
Where I hadn't given it much consideration before, I realized "the market" really is a long-held tradition for farmers, craftsman, and artisans to exchange goods, and I love being part of that tradition. It is a more personal exchange compared to shopping at the big-box stores, and it impacts the community in a way big-box stores can't. Where else can you meet the person who grew your onions or made the bowl you put your soup in or the brownie you lose yourself in? While all shopping venues serve a purpose and a need in each community, whether it is creating jobs, providing services, or selling goods, it is the local business owners and the one-on-one contact between producer and consumer that gives the experience more heart. It is also very nice to meet the consumer face to face, to shake their hand, and to hear their stories, an aspect of the market I am enjoying quite a bit.
Passing on news and occasional ponderings.