Saturday, October 25, 2008

October 24

Yesterday was a big day for us, following a LOT of changes and events so far this year. Pam and Vernon drove us to Carthage to have the magistrate marry us in front of the library. It was really nice! We stopped off for coffee, and then wine with Pam.

Several friends came by last night for our little get together. I made food in the morning, cilantro lime shrimp with a great dipping suce, pork tenderloin with a huckleberry sauce (thanks Cindy for the huckleberry preserves), cheeses, bean dip, baked chard and spinach tart (from our garden), bruschetta, etc!

The new island is an excellent gathering spot. Our friend Patti had a beautiful wedding cake sent to us. It was delicious and such a nice surprise. It was a great evening!

Now to get back to jewelry and enjoying our home! Thanks everyone!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Excitement at Jugtown!

It has been an exciting week here. Craft in America has been filming for their next segment. The crew is from all over and are a great bunch of people. They were here on Tuesday and again today. This afternoon they will be filming the unloading of the wood kiln that they filmed loading and firing on Tuesday.

I'm back in the studio working on pins and realizing that I have very little inventory and will have to work like mad to build up stock for the Celebration. Monday I'll get back at it full steam. Tomorrow Wes and I are getting married! The house is almost all done, just little projects and a LOT of cleaning! so lif is very exciting these days, and not just at Jugtown!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Life is Getting Normal Again, sort of....

I am back at work trying to get the orders filled so that I can create some inventory for Jugtown and the upcoming Celebration of Seagrove Potters. I will be making some jewelry for a pottery bust that Sandi Barden created for the collaborative auction. Pam and I also donated one of the teapots that we collaborate on. Pam made the teapot (obviously) and it is glazed in cobalt with copper. I made the sterling handle and lid. The lid is hand stamped and I added one of my birds as the topper.

There will be quite a few collaborative pieces in the auction on Friday night during the Gala and will be a great time to pick up some never to be done again pieces! Also it will give you first chance at shopping the booths and finding great pieces before we open to the general public on Saturday morning.

The house passed final inspection last week with flying colors! There is still some staining to do and cabinetry to go into the laundry room, etc. and floor that needs mopping badly! Wes ordered our new couch yesterday, thanks to Pam and Vernon for finding it! Now kitties will need extensive training about scratching. They will be wearing their new purple claw tips soon to prevent scratching and hopefully wont look too silly.

Benjamin and Bonnie Burns gave us this beautiful sink as a house warming present. We have chosen towels, rug etc to match it and love the way it is looking. Thanks Benjamin and Bonnie! I thought it would be a small bathroom but it is way bigger than I had imagined it would be.

So now I have to stay focused on work, and on the work for the COSP and do the house stuff at night! This is the beginning of the busy season, and I hope it will be busy for all of us here in Seagrove!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Jewelry Soon??

One of these days I am going to be posting pictures of some new pieces I have made in clay and metal. We are getting closer. We thought we could get our CO this week but our grading guy is delayed, that and a couple more electrical installations are all we need ( I think!!!)

Between the building and Publicity Committee for the Celebration of Seagrove Potters I am staying too busy. Don't forget about the Gala Preview Party on Friday, November 21st. It will be a great opportunity to mingle with the artists while enjoying delicious hors d'oeuvres and beverages. At 8pm is the collaborative pieces auction, a first in Seagrove and we hope there will be lots of exciting pieces up for auction. Pam and I donated a teapot in cobalt with copper red, a sterling handle and lid with a cobalt bird made by me. Photo soon I hope! I plan to have lots of new items at the Celebration and look forward to seeing everyone there.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Celebration of Seagrove Potters

I am not a good blogger yet! Too much going on in life these days. I am Co-Chair with Susan Greene of the Publicity Committee Celebration of Seagrove Potters in November. This takes a lot of time and we are hoping to attract a lot of people to the festival November 21-23. Here is a release we sent out detailing the info.

This new effort has brought many of the area artists together as we plan to celebrate all the wonderful varieties of work made in clay in Seagrove. The Gala on Friday will be a great event with a jazz band, preview shopping and auction and more! Between this and the house, I hope I can get some jewelry made!

I'll have a new work area with my kiln and am working on ideas for a new selection of items, some in a more modest price range and hopefully a new line that is not even jewelry but incorporates metal and clay in another way! It is something I've been thinking about and with great information provided to me by Laura Dahl ( a great jeweler and creator of many things beautiful) and having space to work in, I'm ready to get moving on it. Just have to wait for the house to be done and get the final inspection, maybe in another week!