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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

I just discovered I can make blog posts on my phone app! Good going SP! Anyone who knows me knows I've been trying to decide to sell my pottery. Well...this Saturday I am in my first sale...a Holiday Bazaar. 60 vendors and only one other potter. I'm excited and have done my best on rather short notice to have enough pottery to sell. If you pray..I ask for a few prayers that I'll relax and enjoy myself and be able to decide whether to do this kind of selling again. Now I have to figure out if we can post photos to our phone blogs...that would be awesome!

  
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KNYAGENYA 11/7/2014 8:46AM

    Congrats!

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CHERYL_ANNE 11/6/2014 7:58PM

    Good thoughts and prayers winging their way towards you.

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_JODI404 11/5/2014 8:44PM

    Definitely saying a prayer for you! I LOVE your pottery, and I just know that it will go well. Enjoy it without expectation. Just enjoy yourself!

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ANGGEL40 11/5/2014 8:09PM

    Keeping you in my Prayers...I am excited for you...enjoy and have fun!

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JOYCEAM 11/5/2014 9:35AM

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Have fun.

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KELLIEBEAN 11/5/2014 8:54AM

    How exciting! I'm so happy for you.

Enjoy the experience!

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KANOE10 11/5/2014 8:06AM

    Good luck on your pottery sales. I know you will do well.

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ELRIDDICK 11/5/2014 7:29AM

  Thanks for sharing

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FERRETLOVER1 11/5/2014 7:29AM

    Good luck on your first sale! Be confident - and try to enjoy yourself! This will be fun!

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I've Been MIA no excuses

Thursday, September 25, 2014

It has been way too long since I've been consistently active on SP. Ive just lost my priority of commitment.

My Son and his family (including a 3 1/2 and 16 month old) have moved in. They got here from Hawaii last thursday. We are going through an adjustment period and trying to figure out how to keep everyone happy with two cars, four adults and many different directions we need to be going in during the week. Their car is being shipped here and will arrive in maybe 3 weeks. I'm desperately trying to protect my times to go to the studio and play with clay. I made it 3 times since they arrived so I guess I'm doing good with that. 4 is my preference.

I have an opportunity to sell my pottery for the first time in a Craft Bazaar setting. this would be my first time with a table anywhere. I am trying to convince my hubby how much I really want to do this. Again, he tells me to give my stuff away or find a charity to give it to. Or keep it. Aargh! This sale is with friends at a neighborhood sale taking place in a local school gymnasium, and is well advertised. I have plenty of time to come up with lots of nice things.
plus it would be lots of fun hanging out with my friends.

I'll have to catch you up on what new items came out of the salt kiln. We had a recent firing. I played an active role in the actual firing and learned so much more about salt firing.

I do have two of my large bowls that are planned to be purchased by friends. So I am doing a little selling. Hubby knows I want to sell some, and didn't make a fuss that I had registered for a tax ID and a Square for my phone so I can take credit and debit cards. he just seems resistant towards me doing business. He's probably worried I'll get depressed if my stuff doesn't sell. I guess he has a point there.

i'm very close to buying my friend's pottery wheel. Hubby is supportive of that. Then I can make stuff anytime.

hubby bought me a fit bit zip. works great...even went through the wash once and was fine!

my DIL wants to lose weight too, so maybe we will be good for each other!

  
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CHERYL_ANNE 9/26/2014 8:27PM

    Yay! You've been in my thoughts and prayers. So good to hear from you!

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KANOE10 9/26/2014 7:55AM

    Good luck with the transition stage of your family moving in. I think it would be great for you to set yup a booth and sell your things. Buying a pottery wheel is also exciting. The point is that you know what you make is beautiful whether it sells or not!

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FERRETLOVER1 9/26/2014 7:54AM

    You just keep on selling that pottery - do what makes YOU happy!

As for your family moving in - expect an adjustment period. However, just know that things will settle down into a routine before you know it.

Keep on making time to get into your studio - that is YOU time and vital to your mental health!

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KNYAGENYA 9/26/2014 7:44AM

    Good to see you again! I am glad all is well. Good luck selling your pottery. Have you ever thought of having an Etsy shop?

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TRAVELGRRL 9/25/2014 5:17PM

    Could your husband be jealous? (of your talent, of your independence?) Could he be worried? (that you'll be successful and not "need" him as much? That you are spending too much time with independent women he doesn't care for?)

Just asking. Secure husbands should be supportive of your goals and aspirations. In my world, they should be our #1 cheerleaders!!!! emoticon

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ANGGEL40 9/25/2014 3:04PM

    Good Luck! Hope you sell a lot! emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 9/25/2014 3:03PM

    So glad to "see" you again! It's an adjustment when the kids move back in, especially with their family too. My 23-year old son moved in with us a couple months ago. It will work out!

Good luck selling your pottery! I understand your husband's fears but if you don't try, you may regret it. Try to keep a positive attitude about it no matter how it turns out. I think it's wonderful that you can do something so creative!



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Any Advice? To Sell or Not?

Thursday, July 24, 2014



Had a busy week planned but a few things got postponed, which gave me a day I desperately wanted to spend at the studio. I have several things people have requested me to make, and I have been eager to get them made.

Hubby seems to think I shouldn't be selling things, but that I should donate them to charity or give them to my friends. I don't know what to think except that I have enjoyed having people tell me they really like my stuff, enough to spend money on it! It is very validating (and that is something I need) though I know I should enjoy making pottery for the sake of enjoyment, not concerning myself with what other people think.

Last night is when he mentioned this, after a friend saw on Facebook the picture I have also posted up above. She said she really wants to buy something of mine and wanted to see more pictures. I emailed them to her (she'd also asked about pricing)

The bowl above is a salad bowl someone requested. She'd bought a few other things a few weeks ago, and wanted this to match as much as I could match it in basic coloring and surface design. You may remember the vase I've posted a couple of photos of. That is the inspiration for this bowl. It is 12 inches across the top and 4 1/2 inches deep. I sent pictures and my friend said it's great.

I'm in a quandry. My hubby says don't sell. I am continuing to plan to do so. I guess I need to explain to him how good it makes me feel to sell, and ask him exactly why I shouldn't. I remember before he mentioned something to me about selling pieces puts too much pressure on me. (We are all about keeping my life as stress free as is possible, to aid in my mental health stability. Why add another unnecessary stressor?) I do like to have a little spending money that I don't feel like I have to report to him what I spend it on. Or I don't have to feel I'm messing up his budget when I buy clay or want to sign up for the next class. Maybe his ego is hurt that I'm finding a way to give myself a little security...that I don't trust him to provide financial security. It's not like I'm making a ton of money off of this stuff! It's just a little pocket money, for Pete's sake!

  
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KLMEIRING 8/11/2014 7:13AM

    It's been a little while since you wrote this and I am wondering if you came to any conclusions? Your work is beautiful!

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KANOE10 7/25/2014 9:25AM

    I would sell and identify yourself as an artist. Plus you can use the money to buy more materials to keep doing your pottery. I would try to talk to your husband, again. There are times when I just accept the fact that my husband will not understand nor agree to some things.


Your bowl is beautiful.

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JULIAINLA 7/24/2014 9:14PM

    That piece above is gorgeous! You are really talented! SELL! Just don't get overwhelmed. If you do, then stop taking orders.
Enjoy well deserved money.

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_JODI404 7/24/2014 9:10PM

    It sounds like you've worked out what you want to do... and sometimes people have to agree to disagree. I think this is YOUR decision to make, and I cannot think of any good reason why you should not sell your creations just as thousands of other artists and creatives do. (I LOVE to shop on Etsy -- love to support handmade!!)

I think he needs to give a really solid reason or reasons to justify his opinion. I do think this is ego based.

I have every confidence you two will work it out. Best of luck with continuing to sell. I really think it's a VERY positive thing. A-Z.... the whole hobby!

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KNYAGENYA 7/24/2014 5:43PM

    You are very talented at making pottery. If it makes you happy to sell the items, then go ahead and sell the items. I would be thrilled if someone wanted to buy my knitting.

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ANGGEL40 7/24/2014 5:03PM

    Talk with your husband some more and hopefully you both can come to an agreement...yes you could make extra money but is it worth your hubby being mad...wishing you all the best!

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ANNEMAC5 7/24/2014 3:01PM

    Your husband has known you for a long time and I can see he wants to protect you from the high's and lows you might encounter. However like most people I think you should sell just on a small controlled way. You could then pay for your classes and material with perhaps a little extra left over. You need to sit down together and let him know how you feel and get him to explain his side. Good luck

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PEZMOM1 7/24/2014 11:22AM

    Selling sounds like a good thing so that you can buy more clay to keep doing what makes you happy.

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2015TODAY 7/24/2014 9:31AM

    I think first of all you must get more clarity on why your husband would not want you to sell. Until you know, it's not worth your energy to worry about this.

I don't think that you need to worry about too much pressure if you keep this a limited thing. You could set limits for yourself (and discuss them with him if you feel that would be good) with regard to just how much time per week you will spend on the pottery.

Then, I want to shout SELL!!!! If that brings you pleasure, by all means sell it. Use your creativity. Earn some money. It need not be a big enterprise, but there's nothing wrong with getting your work that you love so much, valued by others. IMHO

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FREGGIE 7/24/2014 9:30AM

    Sell!!!

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MIAMOJO 7/24/2014 9:23AM

    I think it's really up to YOU. It's not about what you "should" do (according to others). SHOULD is a tricky word that usually stands for things we don't want to do but are 'guilted' into doing.

Being an artist is no less of a profession than anything else. Even if you consider it a "hobby," you have skills and knowledge and talent that required effort and time and money to develop, and what you produce is worth something, the same as the product of anyone else's work -- just like a lawyer's billable hour, the dress for sale at the boutique, a meal at a restaurant, or the fee you pay to the plumber or your hair stylist.

Should all of them work as volunteers, too? Should they all give it away for free?

What if you had instead put your time and effort into becoming an accountant -- would you be told you should do people's books for free? Of course not...but why not? Is it because that's seen as more "serious" than what you do, or more valuable, or more prestigious? Would you be expected to work for free and buy your accounting software and take classes with extra money from the budget, if there happened to be any?

You say "I should enjoy making pottery for the sake of enjoyment," but plenty of people enjoy their work and earn an income from it. In fact, they are the lucky ones! It is truly wonderful to earn money from what you are passionate about.

Just some food for thought from a fellow artist. Maybe something here will help you explain it to your husband. But most importantly, you say it feels right to you and makes you feel good, along with providing the money you need to keep doing it. Those seem like excellent reasons, not that you even need any reasons.

Also, don't forget that you can be in control of what you sell and how much you sell.

Best wishes to you.






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KELLIEBEAN 7/24/2014 8:32AM

    I can see your husband's point. Your mental health is very important to him. You definitely need a conversation and let him know he has a valid point and you appreciate it.

But, this is a hobby you love and you should be able to make money to keep doing something you love. Maybe sell a few things and make a few things to donate.

The bowl is beautiful!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 7/24/2014 8:27AM

    Interesting dilemma! Not sure what is going on in husband's thinking.....yes, best to just ask him. I would wonder if getting into selling is going to put a lot of pressure on you that you don't need. Plus, I think it will put a time and performance demand on you that might take away from your development as an artist. You would have to spend time making things that others asked for, not what you wanted to do based on your personal creativity and inspiration. But, I agree, a little pocket money would be nice and would cover the expense of materials & classes. You probably will need to do self-employment records if you have a consistent income. Maybe you could allow selling on a very small scale, just to get your feet wet with it......see how it works, how it makes you feel, and how husband reacts? Just limit your time & effort allocation for now so you don't overextend yourself? Then take things a step at a time and reevaluate. Just my opinion, but I don't think you should simply give stuff away (unless it is personal gifts for specific occasion like a birthday, wedding, or shower gift). You have too much tied up in time and materials!

I run into some of the same issues with dance and am thinking through some of this right now. Not really about money, but more about time and energy management....what do I want to be my goals in dance?


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FERRETLOVER1 7/24/2014 8:23AM

    Sorry, but I must disagree with your husband! Why shouldn't you make money doing something you love. This could even become a full-time business for you should you want it to. Go for it - sell away! emoticon

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HMBROWN1 7/24/2014 8:17AM

    I love the salad bowl! I would definitely pay for it too! Your time and talent is valuable. You should be so proud!

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Unbelievable...My Pottery is Selling!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

You all who read my friend feed statuses have read that I have begun to sell my pottery! I am, to say the least surprised and also very humbled that people like my art and want to own it enough that they will pay money for it, (and I donít believe Iím under pricing it) some of it to give as gifts!

I have earned enough to pay for 120 pounds of new clay! Or almost enough to pay for a 10 week session of class at the studio! With that amount of clay I can make a lot of pottery, as you can imagine! (It takes 1 1/2 pounds to make a tumbler or mug)

Ok, now for some pictures. Iím going to repost before pic of a vase and a post firing one. There has been 2 salt/soda firings, and one gas kiln firing. I had nothing turn out acceptable to me in the gas kiln. So Iím not even going to show any pics of those. I think Iíll stick to salt and electric like I learned in my beginners class, as Iíve found people like that stuff too. (I prefer the brighter colors of electric, but the organic feel to the salt fired stuff)

Salt kiln pics:

old one of glazed vase: (posted in a previous blog)
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finished one of vase, this one has sold!
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another view.
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Pitcher that sold. The woman who bought the vase and this pitcher asked me to be a fruit bowl to match these two. She said make sure I use the same inner glaze. Funny but when I first saw how this glaze turned out I didn't care for it but everyone likes it!
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This is a picture of the whole first salt batch, the bowl in front of the vase sold too!
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one in the works, can't wait to finish it
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second salt firing I used a different clay, and the person controlling the firing of the kiln purposely lightened stuff up a little. This was all my product:
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A couple of the pieces from that firing sold, too.

Now here's something totally different and I've sold a couple of these, too. I'll make more of these, they are great gifts at $15. They are about the size of a large palm of a hand.
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Something I'm working on, a bread baking bowl


My experiment that I am excited to see the results
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Finally, I will show you a picture my friend sent me of the pitcher she bought from me after she put flowers in it.
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TRAVELGRRL 7/15/2014 10:36PM

    Beautiful! You are very talented!

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BABY_GIRL69 6/28/2014 10:06PM

    Love the pieces! Vintage & expensive looking...

God bless. & hugs!

Dee

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_JODI404 6/26/2014 10:58PM

    Your pottery is absolutely gorgeous!! All of it. I am not a bit surprised it is selling. I imagine that would feel like a special honor to have people appreciate and value what you have made.

How fabulous that you can take that money and invest it back into continuing classes and more clay!

It is truly wonderful that you have found something that you love to do!

ENJOY!! Thanks for sharing pics ~ I love seeing your work!!


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MISSUSRIVERRAT 6/26/2014 8:47PM

    They are so beautiful....all of them!
The little bird on the birdbath is adorable!
I would buy your stuff....most definitely.

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KNYAGENYA 6/26/2014 6:19PM

    That's wonderful. Your items are gorgeous. Keep up the good work.

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HDHAWK 6/26/2014 4:58PM

    Very nice! I too, have been busy making the wood burned lazy susans. Once people saw them I got several orders. Wish I had more time to work on them. You're work is lovely!

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ANNEMAC5 6/26/2014 1:36PM

    Thank you for sharing you must be so proud (and I hope your DH is too). They are all lovely I love the coppery tones, you have an artistic eye and you also must have a steady hand along with patience emoticon emoticon

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2015TODAY 6/26/2014 12:34PM

    Lovely work! And I'm so happy for you that your work sells! emoticon

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PRESBESS 6/26/2014 11:45AM

    Wow! You are good girl! Geeze, you have me thinking of looking into a pottery class. I really like what you've created.
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PEZMOM1 6/26/2014 9:44AM

    Your pottery is awesome!

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/26/2014 9:41AM

    The love and care you put into your work shines right through!
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JAMIRBLAZE 6/26/2014 9:27AM

    Lovely. Thanks for sharing! I've always wanted to get a wheel and kiln, but would have to win the lotto first. emoticon

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KANOE10 6/26/2014 9:25AM

    Your pottery is beautiful. i am so excited it is selling and people are buying it. This is also good that you are earning money to keep making pots and taking classes.

You are an artist my friend! Well done.


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NANCYPAT1 6/26/2014 8:51AM

    your pottery is beautiful

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2BDYNAMIC 6/26/2014 8:44AM

    Oh my gracious!! Of course it is going to see ............... All the way thru I kept saying "WOW!" ................. Truly beautiful and so creative! ........ emoticon ...... and look forward to see how it continues to do. (Love your page too) ........

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JOHNMARTINMILES 6/26/2014 8:22AM

    What a wonderful gift, doing something you love to do and being able to earn a living from it

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SANDICANE 6/26/2014 8:20AM

    Oh my gosh! No wonder it's selling, it's BEAUTIFUL!

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I am Like a Palm Tree

Monday, June 02, 2014

I'm discovering something about my spiritual strength. Just want to share.

I am like a palm tree. Great roots and strong trunk. Able to withstand harsh storms in life as the palm in a hurricane or typhoon. My fronds whip around in the storm, and I hold on to most of them. My Father in heaven has given me faith; a deep abiding faith that during and after a storm holds tight to the One who gives me strength. Through storms and trade winds, (the many worries that toss my mind about, and the harsher storms such as my bipolar mind, my battles with weight, and relationship issues)I may falter and worry, but always go back to knowing in my heart of hearts that I am cared about and can find peace in the midst of life. I am strong and resilient as the palm. I bask in the Son (sun) and hope to give others inspiration to stand firm and hold on to the faith in their heart.

  
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2BDYNAMIC 6/26/2014 8:46AM

    Very beautiful .......... Having abiding Faith in our Heavenly Father is a wonderful thing ............. keeping us peaceful and knowing He is there. emoticon

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LINDA! 6/4/2014 7:48PM

    Very nice.

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KANOE10 6/3/2014 9:43AM

    That was a lovely blog. You are strong and will continue to face the challenges of life with your courage and positive thoughts.

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_JODI404 6/2/2014 11:04PM

    Wonderful blog!!! I love your thoughts and realizations here about your strength during the storms!!

Always -- FAITH over fear!!!!

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JULIAINLA 6/2/2014 10:53PM

    Beautifully said ! I love palm trees!

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