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Pots, peak, and pages

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Just a few photos to share what I’ve been up to…

New pots unloaded yesterday!  I’m really psyched about the stacked vases!

Ski week with a trip to the Peak as they hung new prayer flags!

Coloring pages I came up with from the ideas of the GSA student group at our local high school!  Other coloring page designs and recent pots are available on my etsy page!  (I haven’t had a chance to post these pots yet, so keep checking back!)

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Out of the Kiln, Out of the Fire…

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…maybe?

What a huge year!  So-long 2015, it’s been quite the ride!  Here’s the quick synopsis!

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January: My first wine festival Grand Tasting as a guest and not a server at Taos Ski Valle

February: Looking at houses with the hopes of buying!  Trip to Philly Winter Land for friends’ Wedding Celebrations!

IMG_9966March: Pat makes the journey from Minne!

April: We run the Valles Caldera 10k and adventure on scavenger hunting with the Swims

May: Our moms visit, Zumba at the block party, bachelorette party in SF, and we make the move to our new-to-us house!IMG_0577

June: … june?  not much happened in June right?… We get married and leave for southeast asia!

July: Bali and the Philippines

IMG_1965August: A quick visit with family in San Diego, then back to Taos, a long weekend in PA, and Ragnar

September: Tear up our floors, buy nice hardwood to replace it (still haven’t yet), with a conference in Utah somewhere in there, finish it off with our annual Fall Arts Festival with the growing and world class Paseo media arts bonanza!

October: A week in California with family to remember our departed cousin, then a weekend in Oregon to celebrate a cousin’s wedding with a quick trip to Washington to meet a new cousin IMG_0247

November: St Thomas “honeymoon” with both sets of parents for ThanksgivingIMG_3350

December: Holiday events, sales, making, firing, and travel east to spend the last weeks of the year with our family… Radio City Music Hall and Phish at Madison Square Garden… cue the new year!

Welcome 2016!

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Cozy Tea and Cycling Season

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Taos is known for its mild weather through four distinct seasons here in the high desert.  We just got through a couple of weeks of back to back snow storms that left our ski valley full of hero snow and our village quenched for the moment with much needed moisture.  Those glorious days of precipitation have been quickly followed by blue skies, sunshine, muddy roads, and happy skiers, and these continuing warmer days have sparked talk of bike riding among my cycling buddies.  With the warmth of spring nipping at the heels of winter, day light savings pushing off the sunset, and itchy outdoors folk making their way down the ski hill and onto the trails it’s time to get my bikes tuned up and get as many ski days in before the lifts stop running and I have to intermix biking, hiking, and earning those turns with a little post-season hiking to ideal ski terrain!

Ok, I realize how lucky I am to live this lifestyle.  Living humbly in the teeniest of studio apartments with my partner in crime, keeping the shopping to a minimum, while planning a wedding and trying to buy a sweet little house, and having been so fortunate to not find myself NOT in debt from university or any other major expense (YET!) has afforded me these little luxuries.

My 7 rules for Sticking to It :

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Trying to make it as an artist when your income is just not enough:

This weekend I have the run of Rottenstone Pottery, the local gallery that carries my work.  It’s not our busiest season, so traffic has been scattered and people poke in every now and again during mostly quiet days.  When I sit the gallery I get a little pay for my time, commissions on sales, and can spend time on my own work to my heart’s content.  It’s been over a year since I have taken the leap into the abyss of trying to make it as an artist, left the regularly scheduled world of working for someone else, and taken gigs and odd jobs to try and break even.

I am really lucky for having been offered various steady work waiting tables (my most recent previous form of regular income), and even other full time or part time regular jobs.  In this climate of unemployment and job insecurity, I am not ungrateful, but I know how easy it would be for me to neglect this commitment to myself, to pursue making, if my income is safely tied up in a steady job.  Yes, I realize it is a luxury to be able to live this way, and the choices, and happenstance of my life have allowed this.  I live incredibly humbly with my dear partner who is supportive to no end, in particular, because he has his own dreams for following his creative pursuits outside of the conventional steady job hustle.  He is an English teacher and a poet, New Mexico Charter School Teacher of the Year no less!  He didn’t get there with an easy gig idly minding behaved and head strong students.  He also struggles to support students with no other form of support, add to those, students with inclinations for dangerous forms of rebellion, with additional challenges in the work environment, and I wonder how in the world he is able to do it at all.

Still, he believes in me and takes on the lion’s share of the rent and expenses in our tiny studio apartment because he believes in what I am doing.  Eventually, my craft will make our living and he will take time away to focus on his writing!  For now, I am pushing away in the studio spending more than full time hours to seek a comfortable living and beyond with what I love doing.  In the meantime I take jobs here and there to fill in the gaps of my income, and I have set up some ground rules to keep my head and heart in the studio.  I have gotten a reputation as a good house and animal sitter and often get offered jobs in people’s homes for periods of time.  I also have experience and the credentials for working in restaurants with food and alcohol and I am offered regular appealing work more than I should be lucky enough to receive.  Jobs related directly to my work as a maker I will always consider.  And helping friends out is really important to me as well.  I have had so much help along the way I want to keep paying that forward where I am able.

My rules for staying true to the course:

1.  I don’t take anyone else’s steady jobs with a regular schedule so that I can pick and choose when and where I need to be for my own work, hosting openings, pursuing representation, and promoting.  This is particularly important because in this small town my busiest times of year are also the busiest times of year for most jobs I would take on.

2.  I cover jobs of people that I have worked comfortably with for a long time at rates that work for both of us.  New house sitting and/or animal sitting jobs I make sure work with my schedule and how I value my time.

3.  I don’t get tied to working a regular schedule for someone else’s dream, restaurant or whatever venture, so that I can focus on my own.  The time and energy I invest in building my business as an artist is much more valuable to me.

4.  I take jobs here and there for set specific times on a case by case basis catering or bar tending.  When I am able and the pay is acceptable I take on opportunities and let it be known that I am available for this kind of work.  Word of mouth and reputation from years of waiting tables is how I get these jobs.

5.  I would take a regular schedule with a space representing my work in order to build my understanding of running a gallery and working with customers, something that helps me represent my work, and teaches me the ins and outs if ever I would want to have my own gallery.

6.  I keep a regular vigorous schedule in my studio, making sure I am committing full time plus, and staying late and/or going in early or on weekends to make sure I have given myself those hours.

7.  I appreciate the freedom to adjust accordingly and like to offer my help to friends wherever I can, especially when they don’t have the same luxury.  My friends support me throughout the year, buying, using, and sharing my work, not to mention, welcoming me into their lives and homes.

I know I am lucky to even have the option of considering this type of life, but I have also had the opportunity to choose how humbly I want to live so that I can invest my time, energy, and resources in what is most important to me.  Before this past year I was making a decent living waiting tables with enough to spare for travel, skiing, and working in my studio.  Now I’m trying to have my making take on that responsibility.  Looks like time will tell if that works out or not!  I’ll keep you posted!

Happy New Year!

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I need a vacation from my vacation!

We’re slowly crawling back into our lives here in Taos after a mad rush of holiday fun on the east coast.  On our list?  A 2 hr. delay on our flight, a 2am arrival to my childhood home in PA, an overnight bus trip to NYC, A visit with newborn Emmelyn Noel, Rockefeller Center, FAO Schwartz, another newborn visit with Virginia Reed, Christmas Eve at my future bro and sis’s place in Phoenixville, PA, Christmas Day with my Aunt in New Jersey complete with Skype calls to California and South Africa, Holiday parties with both sides of Ned’s parents’ families, and an early rush to the airport to head back to Taos!  That was about as condensed as I could make it, and I’m sure that was an easy one relative to what so many of us go through to check in with our loved ones over the holidays.

Even on our arrival it was go time with friends and settling in at home.  Our amazing <a title="Skiing the Southwest" href="http://www pfizer viagra 100mg preis.claycowgirls.com/2014/01/skiing-the-southwest/”>ski hill beckoned and we got a couple more days logged on our ski passes, not to mention a hike down into the gorge on a snowy trail to the Rio Grande River.

As I sit in my studio after 5 days of being back in Taos, I wonder what I’ve accomplished here?  Not a whole lot.  My Etsy store is back up and running but nothing new added since before the holidays, wedding plans are under way, and the pre-Christmas packing storm is mostly tucked away.  I’ve got teapots drying on the table and visions of mugs dancing in my head.

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Just a little about me

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So I’m trying to put together a wedding website and it’s asking me to write a little about me, my partner, how we met, and how he proposed.   I am not really sure what to say, but when people ask me questions I tend to have a stock answer for them.

I waited tables for many years and with just a short amount of time to provide a satisfying answer here were my responses to the following questions…

Where are you from?

“I’m originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, you know, outlets, pretzels, and the railroad on the Monopoly board.”  If my audience seems receptive I sometimes add… “Lots of people think it’s pronounced Reeding, but they obviously can’t Red.”  Terrible joke I know but every now and again my crowd takes pity on me with a laugh.

How did you get to Taos?

“After graduating from Penn State with an art degree, I had no idea what I was going to do with it.  I traveled cross country for 2 months checking out grad schools, residencies, and working artists.  I met a woman from England at one of the hostels and she hoped to get to Taos.  Never having made it herself, I promised I would stop there in my travels… I just passed through but came back to be here for two months.  10 years later… ”  I’m pretty settled into my studio, little casita, and fantastic community of friends and peers.  It’s a struggle, but I love it here!

What do you do?

“I’m a ceramic artist, but a little ADD in the studio.  I also oil and watercolor paint, sew stuffed animals and the hems of my pants, screen print, batik, not to mention pottery and sculpture.”

Are you married?

My answer for this question has changed over time, and now I can say that “I am engaged to marry my dearest love and friend.  You might know him, Ned?  He’s a poet and the english teacher at one of the charter high schools here.”

I am working towards building a small business as an independent artist through the clay cowgirls, a novel and fun way to immortalize various specific and general ideas of women that I know and admire.  I have the most amazing mother, sister, and girlfriends and am lucky to have their example to inspire these sculptures!

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