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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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Holiday Making

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If it seems like I’ve dropped off the face of the Earth when it comes to blog posting, and many other activities, it’s because I basically have.  I’ve shut myself up in the studio and have been making great little gift items.  Your favorite and mine, cups, mugs, and bowls!

Thanks to Dana at tea-o-graphy some of those mugs will be available at the holiday harvest market sale at KTAOS (our very own Solar Radio station) this Saturday brought to our little community courtesy of the Taos Farmer’s Market.

If you can’t make it tomorrow there are a few other events where these mugs and others will be available.  Come on out to the Lighting of Ledoux Street on December 5, and pop into Substance of Taos for a visit, and to pick out great gifts from a variety of local artists as well as the finest women’s clothing selection you can find nearly anywhere!

And of course don’t forget to make it to Arroyo Seco and pick out your favorite ceramic pieces at our annual Holiday Sale and Bazaar Thursday December 10 from 5-8pm.  We’ll have the colorful paintings of Anee Ward, the whimsical collages of Jill Rounds, and the fabric creations of Claire Blanchard and the Tufted Chair.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Commission a Sculpture for The Cowgirl or Cowboy in Your Life

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I was honored to sculpt this sweet little cowboy for his doting grandmother.  The posture was just so simple and lovely I was thrilled to capture the timid feeling of his gesture from the photos that she sent.

I have done a few other commissions for folks out here and there, gifts for or of loved ones, exactly what the Clay Cowgirls are to me, capturing features, gestures, and looks of people I have looked up to, cared for, and known.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Commissioned pieces start at $675 and require a few photos and a short description of the person you would like to honor.  Tell me a little about the cowgirl or cowboy in your life, and I will create a unique, one-of-a-kind sculpture to match those sentiments.

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!

A little on process

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A wise potter once told me (and a class of other workshop attendees) to always have works in progress waiting for you in the studio, it will be sure to get you in to work the next day and everyday.  I try to keep this in mind.  Even with a few weeks away with the family over the holidays, a great time to hit the reset button, allow clay works to dry out, clean the slate, rearrange, and start fresh, I have paintings in progress, tea sets waiting for their cups, sewing projects cut and ready to be finished, and clay sculptures in mind for my return.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Rarely do I have a sculpture project I can complete from start to finish in one day.  More complex forms, like independent arms, or forms that have a more dramatic bend in the body, require drying time to harden with the right amount of integrity to support the piece.  Thanks to the dry high desert climate, things can dry a little faster here in Taos, than, say in the Everglades, but it’s a fine line.  Let your work dry too much and you don’t have the freedom to reshape a portion you may not be happy with later.  With clay we have a wonderful material that we can allow to dry and rewet later, and a myriad of options when it comes to working the material at various stages, but there is a certain amount of timing and understanding that comes with experience to work in this medium.

People often ask, “how long did it take you to make that?”  I know they want to know how long it took to sculpt, or form a single piece, not considering drying time, multiple firings, and finish work, but even with that in mind, most laymen don’t consider the development of an idea, the experimentation, the trial and error of learning the craft, nor the pulling together of thoughts and ideas that will later defend our works in artist statements and hopefully posterity.  Some peers even answer by saying it took them their whole lives to make that piece, and in a sense, it did!

Cowgirls of Substance!

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What a lovely evening in town with friends and treats and beautiful clothing!  Jennifer of Substance hosted another holiday gathering with guests artisans including jewelry, bath and body products, and of course Clay Cowgirls!

Thanks for the warm holiday cheer!  Remember to visit Substance for that special new piece for your wardrobe or to soothe the season’s stresses with a facial, a new hair cut, or other spa treatment from Eliza and Pinch!

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December Whirlwind!

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Plans are in place for a whirlwind of events this month, and maybe I’ll fit some ski days in there somewhere too!  It’s the day before our Holiday Sale and Party at our little Community Center, and as always with all the events planned for the month of December, our Party overlaps with other happenings in our neighborhood.  This time it’s the Taos Festival of Trees a, great event benefiting a wealth of local charities.  We hope our friends find time to make it both events!

So for a little more shameless self promotion, we’ve brought in Chef Antoine to prepare a spread of complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments viagra super active.   Our friends at the Farm House Cafe will have a table of locally sourced treats available for sale.  Artist, Anee Ward, will have a lovely collection of paintings, prints, gift cards, and watercolors.  Claire Blanchard with the Tufted Chair has decorated the hall with oversized ornaments and put together a collection of great holiday gifts along with her exquisite home furnishings.  And guest artist Lilli Steinlicht will display her textured hanging planters and other ceramic pieces!

As for me?  I just unloaded a kiln of lovely pots that make great gifts and even a few new cowgirls too!  The new pots will be available at our party tomorrow, then again at Substance of Taos‘s annual Winter White Sale, and of course as soon as I get the listings together, on Etsy too!

Wishing you all a warm and wonderful holiday season as we look forward to a fun and successful Holiday Party!

Let the December Games Begin!

 

Holiday Pottery Gifts

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MugsThe great thing about working in clay is that it is so versatile, you can transition from figurative sculptures to cups and bowls that make great holiday gifts!  While we are still experiencing our November Lull, I have been fortunate enough to grab some odd jobs to keep the bills paid, and to score some little sales here and there.  I just sent out a few mugs from my etsy shop and have posted some new pieces on there as well!

In the meantime, November has been my time to hover over my wheel and produce a kiln full of sweet mugs, cups, bowls, jars, and vases for the holiday gifting season.  The lower price point is a great way to make some sales and get people in the door.  So here I am building inventory for our December 5th Open Studio event complete with decorations, refreshments, and plenty of shopping!

I am lucky to have my studio in the cozy little village of Arroyo Seco, NM just outside of Taos.  The charming shops and businesses probably only cover a stretch of 100 yds or so, maybe even less?  and we feature two pottery galleries and of course now my little studio space here in this old elementary school classroom.

Both the Scott potters have great little businesses and produce tons of beautiful handmade pieces for all the guests that come through.  I simply can’t produce that much, but I’m lucky to have these guys as mentors and friends.  Rottenstone Pottery even features some of my pots and sculptures!

So if you’re in the neighborhood this December 5, come by from 5:30-8:30 and join in our little holiday celebration and sale!  If you can’t make it then, just get in touch and we’ll find a time to come by!

For the Love of Making

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On my first visit to Taos I pitched my tent on the grassy backyard of the Abominable Snowmansion Hostel.  Thanks to the recommendation from a new friend I had met traveling cross country over the course of 2 months trying to figure out what to do with my art degree, I made the detour into northern New Mexico on my way to the residency I had accepted in Lawrence, Kansas.  In less than a day I had made some friends, shared fireside beers and one liners with the potter across the street, and been offered a job at the hostel if I ever decided to return.

By November 2004 I was wondering what on earth had I been thinking moving into the freestanding six foot cube cabin I would be calling home for the next few months viagra deutsch.  Was I just hoping the potter next door would take me in?  Perhaps it was the appeal connecting to Hosteling International and making this a stepping stone to my grand plans of world travel?  Heck, maybe the mountain was calling me, for all I knew?

I proceeded to take jobs wherever I could, at the Taos Ski Valley teaching skiing to 3 and 4 year olds (not as charming as it sounds), cleaning up after the neighborhood potter (and helping create the mess), waiting tables next door (which I would do on and off for the next 8 years), and of course playing housekeeper and hostess to all the hosteling visitors from around the world.

Eventually I would start renting a studio space where I could make my own work.  In the meantime, I took odd jobs, started pet sitting, and when I finally stepped away from waiting tables, that long term life line to a steady paycheck, the pet sitting and catering gigs still help to keep my bills paid.  I’ve been away from the restaurant circuit for just over a year and with much of my savings dried up and the art market simply being what it is, I will be able to take advantage of people needing job coverage.   Lucky to have kept in the good graces of one of my service jobs enough to be welcomed in to cover those available shifts during a slower time, I can count on a little income to get me through to the holidays.  I’ll also be sitting galleries, dog-sitting, peddling my wares on Etsy, my shop page, and seeking further gallery representation.  I am lucky to have a few commissions coming my way and some tentative interest in some of the sculptures I have in stock that will hopefully bear fruit.

For the love of making, I have continually refused offers of steady work that would put me on someone else’s schedule requiring my time when it would serve me best to be in my studio.  Wish me luck friends! Holding out as long as I can, taking the odd jobs so I can, for the most part put my almost full time schedule (except when I have to go walk a dog, or sit a gallery, or cater a gig) in at my studio.