Wednesday, August 22, 2007
just got back from farmers market with grandpa...he is upset, because the corn he got, after shucking it, saw that the ears were not full. now he called me over to see his point, i replied, what a sorry lot, and he said she knew too...not sure what he meant, but he is pretty riled up over it.. the corn really looks good over all, but he feels that he was shorted. some people just can't be pleased...i am busy today throwing teapots! haven't done those in ages, and am feeling like i need some out there. they are a fairly complicated form. many parts and everything should come together nicely. easier said than done...the pics are of a series of female torsos, two are uncarved, two are.. i like the form, but it seems that the carving really distracts from the form..what do you think?...next , is my favorite tumbler out of a series.. dude has headphones], dragonfly wings and a rabbit buddy..pretty typical scene really. then we have my shelf of newly aquirred glaze materials..i am like the tony montana of howards creek now! finally we have my studio mate, mazzy, with her ongoing project of chewing a nylabone, she means business! see ya friday..
Friday, August 3, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
two days before my family leaves me for a extended time. crystal is going to stay with her friend who lives in madison, wisconsin. she is going to be up there with the girls for three weeks! she will be watching mary-beth's two kids, playing a bit of nanny, and hanging out in a very hip town during summer. one thing i really love about c. is that she loves adventure. i thought i was the wild stallion in the relationship, but i have become a homebound nilly, i really like my home here. also it is hard for me to leave my dogs, they are getting older and are special needs beasts, if you ask me. every-time we leave them, they get into somekind of trouble that requires much cleaning and wondering how the hell they did what they did. mazzy is terrified of guns and thunder, and will breakout of the house if she is inside , and if she is outside will break in. can't figure it out. mae-belles likes to eat diapers, which is like a dessert for her...very disturbing parties they through here i am sure. for a while i though they had a set of keys to get in, i could for the life of me see how when, we left they were outside, happily panting saying, "no problem...we will be good dogs, watch the house, keep the bears at bay,..mae-belles has kicked that diaper habit dad, trust me,. and i have coping skills for the thunder that i picked up from the jack-russel across the creek. no problem dad, we got the place all wrapped up, secure, and our nereioses are far behind us now, yall go on know have a good time.."at least that is what i read in their eyes,..not we will turn this muther out if you are gone longer than two days...bad, my friend we are bad bad dogs..last time we left for a week, mazzy broke a floor window, she had not a scratch, i don't know how, she is a big dog, the window is a tight squeeze for her. the way the glass broke she shoul have been punctured or sliced pretty bad. i mean when i walked up to the door she was inside, all wagging her tail and prancing in the splintered glass. my friends had been by that morning and everything was kosher...so in the six hour window on their last day mazzy was able to incur a couple of hundred dollars of damage, and mae-belles had sliced half her paw off tracking a manic trail of bloody paws all over the place..six hours, the last day..., co-incedence..i think not. these pouches are trained aggravaters!...i still can't bring myself to throw them off the ridge though, i am a weak man, and a sucker for their companionship. also i have a big show at the end of july...bele shere..it is huge and i have the oppurtunity to do very well there, i will spend the next two weeks cranking out pots at a rate i have not attempted before. i will only leave the house for food and the occassional movie. from daylight to bed-time i plan on creating art, i feel a great swell of creativity that is ready to crest and in the break i shall glorify all gods explantions in my head through a constant diet of strong tea, music,writing, drawing, painting and potting. i am very sad that i will not see my family for such a stretch, especially emma-lil, she will be changing every-day, and i am soo used to her snuggles, giggles, and smiles. i shall surely have a tormented with-drawl of being her papa...the phone doesn't work when they are this young, i will infuse my art with a mixture of old ancient feelings and ones of babbling innocence that only a child can show you. i am preparing in this time to have a formidale stock to start my online store at etsy.com..it seems like a great place to sell art, and has a thriving market=place full of artists like me, who are just in their infancy in their carrers. and they are doing well there. i am letting my wesite lapse and go away, i will instead use my energy to build the online store at etsy. this will happen when c. gets back, she will help with the photos and background stuff. business stuff, i can make art all day, but doing the paperwork is not my strong point...so i am off to meet a gallery dealer who specializes in outsider and folk art, she has a large clientell and has already sold a painting of mine, so i feel good about our meeting today...the pics are..1. clay lumps 2. turne lumps into bottles, still need mini handles on necks and shoulders 3. watercolor painting, still need to write" sunshine and rain" on leg..4. watercolor painting titloed"four of me".. each picture has free verse written around the frame..5. the window mazzy broke! unscathed! i think she threw a rock through it! labs can do that kind of stuff, they are very smart!
Monday, June 25, 2007
while washing the familar load of ever present dishes i was drying off a series of ponderings, when my soapy brain squeaked clean this realization...i don't know so much. i am still a babe in the pre-soak cycle of the great wash of life. it is it times like this that i am humbled. one life-time doesn't seem long enough. thity years gone by and i am born again while scraping oatmeal guts out of a small stainless steel belly, that welcomes the roughness of a brillo towel. i have much living to do. art is the vechicle in which i must ride. the dishes done, i have a deep feeling of intent and purpose. i am a man with a mission, every action will have spirit and passion, no moment shall be wasted. so i go to the mac. and say to myself, i need to do some research on etsy, i need to see how other sellers are marketing their art, what their profiles say, how they deal with shipping. this will be an hour well spent, i will be that much more prepared for opening my cyber-shop, i will have the tools nbeccessary to generate a customer base, and maintain their interest. so i sit down with my coffee and start to browse. ahhh yes, this is good, i have learned about a couple of artists and their shops, i am starting to get the jist of pricing prints, and how to deal with shipping. i ahve found that greeting cards are good sellers, and to make sure i have a nice little description beneath each one..ahhh what is this? ceramic coasters with applied prints,...cool, here is one with a mugshot,..a whole set of them, you can pick and make your own match, what a great idea!..here let me zoom up the pics of these guys, they look pretty intense. hmmm...mugshotys are kinda cool..here just real quick i will google mugshots, and look at just a couple, just a quiock peek no biggie, i'll come right back to investigating, researching, really using my time wisely..wow, there are all kinds of catagories here..i'll go to favorites and look at some of those. okay, they have a little story about the person being booked at the bottom, how interesting...and you can just click on the arrow to go to the next one. this is neat!, these people are real characters, just so much in their expressions, in just a brief moment...do you see where this is going? needlsy to say i spent the next twenty minutes browsing mugshots, mr.i can't waste another moment on this earth, time is precious, i will act with total intention..right..,like i said...i don't know so much...well this past weekend was great. farmers market was pretty good all the way around. i only sold a handful of prints, but i got good feedback, and the buyers choose different prints which is good, it means that i have a bit of a range. you never can tell what people will like. i often have pots that come out that i think are not so good, and someone will love them..so i go by the philosophy, just create what you feel, and it will resonate with someone. different strokes..so we went to a summer soltice pary on a friends farm, they live out in ashe county. what a bueatiful spot! they ahve a grand veiw of snake mountian, it looks like a old volcano from their land. i brough a couple of knotty pine boards to paint on, and ahd a little painting party. the kids really got into it, and i even got a couple of my friends to do one. i painted a chicken woman, who started out black and white, and as the night progressed, i painted, the bonfire got lit, and i switched to color added a little at a time, by the time it was done, it was a completely different painting then when i started...here is a pic, i call it sexy-chick on knotty pine...ha ha!, also here is a water color called uno pescado, which translates to "one fish"...hope yall have a great start this week, more on wed., i also have gotten good at responding to comments,...i am a very proud of that fact..peace!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
getting ready to go into town and peddle some of the pendants that crystal and i made...i am hoping to set up an wholesale account at the bead box. i already sell ware there, although i don't really move any stock. i have had a mug tree that did well there in the past, but i am using the tree for the farmers market now. i should build another tree, i am pretty proud of the one i have presently. it took me the better part of a day to make, well, more like four hours, it is made =from wild-cherry and built like a freakin tank. i tried to make it look all natural, but the thing probably has forty screws in it!, i couldn't risk it falling over full of mugs you see. so the stock i have at the bead box is in a corner and doesn't see much action. low visibilty=low sales. placement of ones work is key. i have am also learning that presentation is a MAJOR SELLING POINT. i am going to remove the ware there and try the pendant angle, re-introdouce a mug tree with lower price functional mugs, i have finally found a style that allows me to sell them carved for twenty-five bucks. it is a combo of more brush-work, less carving and a little more color. theses mugs have one animal, mostly birds and say slogans such as "bluze burd",..my take on grammar. spelling is over rated in communication if you ask me. so i am off to peddle..also on the print front we turned over eight prints to be giclee-ed and will try them out this saturday...i am very impressed with the quality of the prints, and the lady helping me is super-cool, and all about doing what is neccessary to make this goal happen. i will post pics of the prints friday along with some new pots that are coming out of the kiln today..the pics are of a couple of plates, a set of bowls and also a angle shot of my unfinished-still-a-work-in-progress-i-need-more-hours-in-the-day-studio, notice the help..always on a lunch break if you ask me... tud-da-lou...