Thursday, September 26, 2013

September 23, 2013

Champagne all around...

I did it!  I really did it!  I finally finished my store and hit the "publish" button...   not once but several times.  What a long time coming.  I don't know what my fear was... just fear... fear of being rejected, my product not being worthy... all the typical fears one has with starting a new business venture. 

With each piece of pottery I make... there is a relationship... an intimate relationship; both physical and mental... how the wet clay flows through my fingers as I center the clay, open the clay and pull up the walls.  The curves my fingers make as I alter a piece... as I push out or push in with opposing finger tips.  Each piece is so unique with its own personality. With so much effort put into each piece I suppose its only natural to be a little fearful of rejection.

Then... the pictures.  Easier said than done.  While I can use a camera, I found that taking pictures of each piece was a more than a little daunting.  After studing for months and months I feel like I have a Bachelors in Photography... well maybe an Associates degree... ok, ok, a certificate course in basic photography.  This whole process has been practice and learning on the job.  Thank goodness for Pam Sparks of Expressions with Heart and her tutorial of "Make your own Light Tent".

Her tutorial made all the difference in my photos.  I made a few alterations such as making mine a little larger for photographing pottery... but everything else was the same.  Here is what mine looks like.

Through a lot of trial and error, I think my skills have improved exponentially over the past 4 days or I'm so tired I don't care at this point.  Time will tell.

The kiln is cooking so I have a couple more days to focus on photographing and listing in my shop.  Next week is glazing and more photographs!!

Until next time,
Peace and Light

Saturday, September 21, 2013

September 21, 2013

To market... to market... to market we will go...

I attended Ripe - a Spirited Market at Eilan, in San Antonio the other weekend and attendance was very high... so high that I practically sold out of everything.

Which means... time to replenish stock as well as a few new items.  With the Hubby out of town, Home Manager duties were put on hold this weekend.  Well not completely... had carpool duty in the morning and early afternoon but in between I was able to get a few things thrown.  Friday I finished up the extra large Garlic Keepers, small lace embossed heart shaped dishes, a few small lace embossed leaf bowls and today I focused on French Butter Crocks... they sell so well but they tend to be at times... difficult... therefore, more practice, and patience is needed. I need to use a larger amount of clay for the lids.  Much easier to trim away if necessary, more difficult to add after you find out "Ugg, I need another ounce or two".  Will be doing more of these tomorrow. As Simon Leach says "keep practicing".

On the agenda for the next studio session... throwing more butter crocks and if time permits, a honey pot or two.  So many things to create... so many distractions... but with a little focus... oh so much fun!
Peace and Light my friends.