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
this cobalt and silver design was my first attempt at silver leaf. man on man, it was tricky…..it didn’t go as well as the gold goes. i love the way it looks but it took some hard work, a lot of cursing, you know…the frustrated groaning. it took forever to clean the edges up and the adhesive just didn’t go on as nicely. what gives?! why is that gold so crisp and fine, but the silver is so messy?!
but i’m done complaining! i finished what i needed to finish!
i’m also never doing silver again. nope! i’m a gold girl! forever.
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ok, ok, i know we’re only 1 week into the new year, but i’ve already picked the best things i’ve made so far. there is just something wonderful about terracotta, turquoise and gold.
3 plates available right here.
i have so many bowls around my house. i know i’m an all-around pottery enthusiast, but the fact that it is mostly bowls makes me wonder why i choose to have so many around the house. i think i like being able to put whatever i want in these bowls. they’re always available to catch something for me…
the word bowls is really starting to look weird to me.
this red earthenware shallow bowl was made by lauren karle, and i got it at the kansas state university potters guild sale in 2011. gosh i miss those pottery sales! my collection had the chance to grow when i was surrounded by so many other ceramicists.
there is a lot of ‘getting ready’ happening over here lately.
i’m thrilled to announce i’ll be participating in my 2nd craft fair in early november – the holiday swing. i have a lot of making to do this weekend. this weekend and early next week is pretty much all the time i have as far as new work goes. and then its time to fire and glaze each piece before the show. i’m so excited, yet just a little stressed out. thankfully i have all of my favorite people available and ready to help me set up and sell. i’m so lucky! but i’m over here frantically getting things made, while still trying to come up with some sort of cohesive booth layout and design – and all those other little details that go into one of these things. i feel crazy for taking it on so last minute, but really excited to challenge myself and work as hard as i know how.
i had a surge of motivation and inspiration after reading the maker story all about julie, the artist behind object + totem, one of my favorite ceramicists of all time.
it might be safe to say she’s my favorite artist.
photos by redfield photography via design sponge
sometimes i can be pretty hard on myself. but then every once in a while i make a piece that i almost want to keep.
get ‘em while you can.
i rarely keep old ceramic projects from school. my mom owns most of those, or i’ve given them away randomly to others. even though its been about a month and a half since moving, i’m just finally getting around to putting some finishing touches on the place and actually unpacking all of the boxes.
i came across this old project of mine from my senior year in school. its one of the only pieces (from a set of 3) of sculpture that i’ve kept. they hang pretty nicely on the wall with a single dried flower in them too.