Thursday, June 6, 2013

Packing Up the Goods

Today I will be packing up the car for the show this weekend. Wine & Clay will be the first big show I have done this year. I participated in a few small events, restocked the Gallery, and dressed the window. This will be the unveiling of the newest of new work. I work around in the studio piecemeal. I make a pile of earrings. Then the next time I make and sign all the earring cards. Then I put the two together and pack them away. Some days it is necklaces that get made. Some days it is all I can do to clean a spot off to work. I have so many different kinds of projects going right now, I have work stations around the studio all piled high with pieces and parts and half-finished ideas.

Here is a look at the metalsmithing bench. As you can see, metal piled high. Tools scattered. Completed bits and pieces. And a few square inches to work. Oh, and even a receipt from Rio Grande to remind me how much I spent on that sterling silver!! But in the midst of the chaos is the  most important corner in my studio, the lounging corner complete with rocking chair and day bed. Sometimes I just need a moment to get away from it all. So a couple sips of iced tea while rocking in the chair, good as new.

Here are some finished pieces that came to the surface and are ready to move to the staging area to be prepped and packaged. This is the point at which I need to start taking pictures. That is the new goal. Photo ready area so I can segue from finished product to photo gallery to packaging. I just get so excited to see the finished pieces and want them ready to go, I just forget to get pics.
We had devastating thunderstorms last night so now I have to go outside and view the carnage of the yard. Maybe I'll practice my picture taking.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Wine & Clay Festival

Llano Estacado Clay Guild together with
Llano Estacado Winery
16th Annual
Wine and Clay Festival
Llano Winery
3426 E. FM 1585
Saturday, June 8, 2013 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, June 9, 2013 noon - 5 pm
New artists, new food vendors
more wine, clay, wood, metal, and art than ever!
I have been slaving away in the studio getting ready for this event. All new jewelry is priced and packaged. I am so excited about some of the new copper pieces I have. They have been patiently waiting in their show box to see the light of day.
This week will be dedicated to transport and set up for the big event. We have a very short window of opportunity to set up our displays so we don't disturb the regular business at the Winery. I love doing events at Llano. The staff is great. The patrons love the atmosphere. Our art looks awesome throughout the facility. We get to set up among the chilled vats so it is a perfect spot to be on a hot Texas spring day.
This year will feature several new artists to the event and some new food vendors. The Styria Bakery II from Colorado will be selling their fantastic artisan bread. Here is a link to see what they have in store for us.  They have participated in the Lubbock Arts Festival for the past several years so locals have come to anticipate their arrival and love their products. Here is a second opportunity to stock the freezer with one of kind baked breads. My personal favorite is the...
 Lemon Mint
 White Chocolate
A soft moist lemon bread with White chocolate chips and fresh mint. 
Check back this week for some preview pictures...