2012 proved to be a big year for me. While no evidence of this exists here on my website (mostly because I went the full year without having a home computer), I was able to keep my Turtle Star Studio Facebook page fairly updated (using my phone, library computers, and my family's computers)--check it out and 'like' it if you haven't already.
Similarly, I also went nearly a full year without having a vehicle. Although challenging, I survived. Day to day commuting needs were met by either borrowing a vehicle (especially when working overnight shifts) or carpooling (which I prefer to do anyway!). You wouldn't think it possible, but I also managed to make two long distance trips--one in the spring to a woodfiring in Minnesota, the other in the fall to attend a wedding in Virginia, replenish artwork in a gallery, visit friends, and scope out an art show--neither possible without hitching rides from numerous friends along the way and an Amtrak ride.
More importantly, I was actually fairly productive in the studio this past year, despite taking more than four months off in total--working overnights, recovering from wrist surgery, and the aforementioned travels--as well as taking on another part time job at the local winery, spending far more time in my garden, and taking on the roll as president of the Guthrie County Arts Council.
Some how, I mananged to produce enough work to attend eight art shows between June and November (most of which I now plan to attend annually). Most excitingly, I also hosted the first ever open house at Turtle Star Studio for Small Business Saturday (which will definitely become an annual event). Some new forms included wall boxes, mirror frames, pendants, and dinner plates.
2013, I do believe, will be an even bigger year! Although I do have another wrist surgery scheduled at the end of this month, I hope to make a speedy recovery in order to bounce right back into the studio, producing even more than years past! I will most definitely continue experimenting with new forms and improve on old ones, as well as keep on glaze testing with new clays in search of the perfect pallette for my aesthetic.
Some of my New Year's goals are to:
- have more open house events and/or open business hours at Turtle Star Studio
- attend more shows both as a visitor and as an exhibitor (several are already penciled in on the calendar)
- make it to at least one woodfiring in either Minnesota or Virginia (especially now that I have a car to get me there!)
- maintain an Etsy page, blog regularly (at least on the 13th of each month) and keep my gallery page updated (no excuses now that I have a computer!)
There is still work to be done on our remodel project both upstairs and downstairs, as well as plans for expanding our garden--inevitably taking time away from the studio, but nevertheless enriching our lives all the while.
That concludes my update; thanks for reading, and as always: there is more to come!