The big show season is over for the year, just finished the Corvallis Fall Festival. It was beautiful weather and lots of warm, funny people came out for the event. I was disappointed with my sales, but after 5 years, maybe I need to take a break from this show.
With only a handful of regular Saturday market days left, I am gearing up for the Holiday market. Lots of Christmas ornaments, bottle stoppers and small boxes. I like these items, because each one is a little different, and I don’t get into a rut of routine.
I am already looking toward items for next year, more pieces with decoration such as pyrography and metal leaf, and lots of carving. Expect more art work and fewer functional items, altho bowls will always be one of my mainstays.
The rains, the winds, the rejection letters…
Yes, Saturday Market has started back up, and while the crowds are warm and interested, the sales are still pale from the long winter. Each week is a bit of a gamble, will it rain? Will the wind take down the tent? Will anyone come out and buy something?
Then there are the art shows – April is the month most of the bigger shows decide who is selected and who is rejected. So far I did not get into Art in the Pearl or Art in the High Desert, but I did get into Salem. I still have a couple applications outstanding, and hope to get into Art and the Vineyard and Corvallis Fall Festival – we’ll see. I will keep the show schedule updated as the summer goes along.
If you find some spare time, come on down to the market and check out my new 2015 line up of items – the old reliable things are still there, but I have been busy all winter making new fun stuff.
April is the cruelest month, breedingLilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Well, I have been busy in the shop since Christmas – some replenishing inventory for Saturday Market in the coming year (I will have LOTS of bowls) and some more playful items. I have added a new gallery, Winter 2015 for the new items.
A lot of these pieces are experimental, ideas that I have had for a while, and now have time to pursue them. These may change over time as I have more opportunities to try variations on the themes.
I also acquired a huge maple log with a lot of burl and curl and spalting. I nicknamed it Luscious, because the wood is so delicious, and a lot of new pieces are from this material. Any pieces that I make from this log will have a L# on the bottom to indicate they are from this wood.
Check out the new gallery –