I try not to worry when I’m not as regular as I ought to be with my blog so I’ll jump right back in here with the follow up to the summer post below this. The dragons in the picture got finished up – months later, oops – and I’m doing the last minute preparations for the last and largest of my fall shows.
In the months between now and my last post we’ve done a lot and a little. My family decided we were ready for a kitten (or two!). My daughter began her first year of university. We kept on with the rounds of shop improvements to our building.
I’ve been pretty good about taking pictures of my work and cats and posting to Instagram so I popped a widget for that on the side over there to take a peek at.
I’m a lucky crafty type with a great big studio tucked into the back of my very own shop full of handmade goodies. It’s a good building, old and industrial, in big bricks and concrete with old cedar beams for the ceiling. In it’s previous lives, it was a car shop and then a lawn and garden outlet. There’s a garage bay next door where my partner does electrical and automotive related things. And in the summer it gets awfully danged warm in here.
Since it’s not usually that warm here for any amount of time – Canadian stereotypes and all – this doesn’t bother me much and we’ll add air conditioning to this side of the building at some point. It just means the clay is softer and the room is a little warm and dozy by the afternoon. It seems odd to be building Christmas ornaments with the sun blazing in and fans going everywhere. Definitely the dog days of summer.
Of course, in the winter, the place is cold and cranky but we replaced the furnace last year with a much better one and it’s pretty easy to toss a sweater on.
This year I’m sort of upping my game. Doing more shows, raising prices (a little!), solidifying my product offerings, trying other themes out. Part of that is adding a few more whimsical clay pieces, mostly dollhouse miniature style items, as charms to items such as bookmarks, keychains, and tea infusers. I love the nature inspired beads and canes I do but it was always meant to have other elements to do with fairytale and storytelling and pop culture.