Lately I’ve been getting a lot of requests for gift items for the summer wedding season and Mother’s Day. I think that people like giving handmade ceramic work, because each piece is one-of-a-kind. Each gift choice is made specifically with the receiver in mind. I know that much consideration goes into gifts of all sorts, whether purchased from a local artist or from a national chain store, but I personally love giving friends and family unique items that they won’t see anywhere else.
The items that we use in everyday life play a role in each of our narratives. A colander can be a tool for separating water from pasta or it can be much more than that. It can be a story that you tell a friend as you prepare a meal together about the occasion for which you received the colander and about the relationship you have with whoever gave the gift to you. Using unique items that we love during the course of our daily lives adds an element of satisfaction that I believe improves the quality of experience. And from an artist’s perspective, I certainly treasure the time I get to spend making each item and thinking about the enjoyment I hope people get from my creations.
To kick off the Spring/Summer season I’ve decided to have an open studio event the day before Mother’s Day. I am pretty confident that it will become an annual sale to coincide with the Billings Women’s Run. The idea came to me from our neighbors who own an antique restoration business that they run out of their home studio as I do. In addition to the many spaces where they sell their inventory, they hold two sales in their front yard each year where people know they can see and purchase their work in case they miss them at their other locations during the year. (If you are interested in their antique yard sale, send me your contact information and I will give it to them to add to their mailing list).
The 1st Annual Day Before Mother’s Day Sale will be at my home studio at 732 Burlington Avenue on Saturday, May 11 from 9 AM to 4 PM. (If you would like to visit the studio during another time, please call or email me to make an appointment. Studio visits are by appointment only). I will feature several lines of work, including serving bowls, yarn bowls, mugs, chip and dips, tumblers, vases, colanders and berry bowls. Following are some examples of work I pulled out of the kiln just today.