i remember how afraid i felt when i graduated from the university and lost access to all of the ceramics equipment i needed to make the work i set out to make. i had no wheel, no kiln, no studio to make it all happen in – just my tools. it took me 2 years but with the help of my amazing professor yoshi, and my wonderful boyfriend luke, i was finally equipped to start making my dreams a reality.
my fellow ceramic artist, brit mcdaniel from paper and clay studio needs our help! she’s started a kickstarter fundraising campaign, and she’s got 11 days left to reach her goal so that when she finishes school she’ll be able to get a studio set up and continue to make her modern, lovely ceramics. if you aren’t familiar with brit’s work, be sure to check out her etsy shop.
help her reach her goal! she has such talent and i want to see her take the first steps toward building her business.
espresso cup – by mudpuppy on etsy
all of my kansas friends – i need your help!
i’m featured as an emerging artist through a wonderfully supportive group called RAW artists. they have organizations all over the country, and along with several other kansas city based performers, visual artists, photographers, filmmakers, designers, and models – i’ll be showcasing my work (and selling it!) at their wednesday, may 22nd show, expressions. we’ll be set up inside the voodoo lounge in harrah’s casino, and i need your help! i’m responsible for selling tickets to this show, the profits from tickets you buy from me help to cover my booth fee at the event. the tickets cost $10 when you buy them ahead of time, and tickets are $15 at the door. you can purchase them directly from my profile right here! all people who purchase a ticket from me to the event on the 22nd will receive 20% off their purchase at the show! so please come out and support some talented kansas city people, and help me sell these tickets!
the newest items have just been added to the shop! and a special coupon code just for you! in honor of mother’s day (may 12th!) enter code LOVEMOM at checkout and you’ll save $5 off of your order of $20 or more!
guys. i am so excited about all the work i’ve done with my friend, and the talented graphic designer, stephanie from baba souk. she contacted me a little while ago with an idea for ceramic cat magnets. i’m no cat lady, but i know many who are, and i knew i had to say yes to one of the cutest ideas i’d ever heard! so then, these little kitty magnets were born, and our collaborations have no limits! what will we take on next?!
want to win a set for yourself?! joanna from the blog, jojotastic has a giveaway, and you could be the lucky winner! meow!
by the way…have you noticed my new logo sitting pretty up there in the left corner? yeah, that is the work of stephanie too! she’s the greatest!
i participated in an interview with emily jeffords and she wrote a very nice feature of my work and interviewed me about my creative career aspirations. i am truly flattered! it is always nice to be asked the types of questions that really make you reflect, and dig a little deeper than you’re used to. thanks for the feature emily!
i’ll always be a gold girl, but copper just feels really good this spring.
expect to see some copper in the shop very soon.
i’m so ready for warmer days and brighter colors. i’m ready for spring any time now, and i’m starting to get a little impatient. maybe some fresh flowers around the house could help out.
i was so thrilled to see some of my work added to the spring collection of wind and willow – a home goods store with the brightest, cheeriest goods. it sure has me ready for spring.
we’re under a blizzard warning here in kansas, and i spent my afternoon in my slippers at my kitchen table getting some new gold vessels finished. i had my favorite tea, my favorite scented candle (fresh balsam forever), a little bit of law and order svu, and i was in art-making heaven. but this snow…i don’t know if i love it or hate it! on one hand, there is something very romantic about the idea of being snowed in – unable to leave my house. just a full day in the studio. but then there is the brown slosh that is all over the streets, the garage, my shoes. so, i’m not sure if i like it or hate it.
but right now i really like it. i had a lovely afternoon sitting at the table with the blizzard of oz out my patio door. (that’s what they’re calling it!)
it is so cool to see my work in other shops. these items are all a part of eat boutique’s collection, and these photos are so beautiful! makes me want to re-do all my shop photos. (i’m never pleased with those!) anyway, eat boutique is a kitchen goods and small batch food shop. supporting all kinds of independent artists, cooks and bakers. thank you maggie for supporting me!
all of this sudden success makes me feel like what i’m trying to accomplish will happen someday, and soon too! i didn’t know i wanted to pursue making art full time until a year ago. it wasn’t until i opened my etsy shop and made my first sale. it was such a satisfying feeling to know that i had made that first sale (the first one is always the hardest, right?) so i pushed a little harder, and here i am today selling work in other shops! actual brick and mortar shops with walls and doors! ah! it feels right.
i’ll be honest, the opportunities i’ve had with selling my work have all just fell into my lap. i haven’t been out pursuing it on my own. which is weird. the most wonderful people have reached out to me and said “hey. i have an opportunity for you.” and i’ve said yes to every single one of them. i’m so thankful for these opportunities.
i feel like if i were out there calling galleries and knocking on the doors of shops i could have even more opportunities and more chances for selling my work. unfortunately with an almost-full-time job i can’t do that just yet. but i finally believe in myself.
photos by eat boutique and maggie battista