February update and CSA preview

As mentioned in last month's blog post, one of my New Year's resolutions is to write at least one blog post per month. What better day to post in 2013 than on the 13th of each month? That is the plan anyway!

Glazed tea bag plates lined up and ready for the kiln. Thank you to my nephews for helping me glaze!
Glazed tea bag plates lined up and ready for the kiln. Thank you to my nephews for helping me glaze!

Carpal tunnel release surgery went very well at the end of last month and although I won't fully recover for another month or two, I am more than pleased with the progress so far! Just a few days after surgery, I was in the studio, taking it easy, but being productive!

 

I was able to make quite the batch of tea bag plates, pendants, magnets, and two new sets of cups, just in time for a little show called Chocolate Walk in Perry, IA--a preview show for November's Art on the Prairie.

 

I have a little time to get caught up in the studio before my next show, but this year seems to be filling up fast already and I am sure to be busy busy in order to keep up! Check out my new page, Upcoming Shows, for a tentative list of this year's shows!

The newest set of tripod cups: Half on consignment at Mary Rose Collection in Perry, two sold two a customer at Chocolate Walk.
The newest set of tripod cups: Half on consignment at Mary Rose Collection in Perry, two sold two a customer at Chocolate Walk.

I am down to just a few boxes of clay in the studio and will be ordering some more very soon. I will be returning to the rich dark brown Standard Clay from Pennsylvania that I used when I lived in Virginia. 

 

When I bought my kiln two years ago, I did a little fundraising and called it a CSK, or Community Supported Kiln. This year, in order to buy clay, I plan to do another round--this time calling the effort a CSA, or Community Supported Art--similar to the Community Supported Agriculture model: supporters purchase 'shares' at the beginning of the season to help the farmer (artist) with the up front costs of production and in turn receive produce (art) when it is available for harvest (created). 

750 pounds of clay
750 pounds of clay

Last June, I split a clay order from Continetal Clay in Minnesota with a potter friend in Panora. 750 pounds of clay seemed like a lot at first since it was the most I had ever had in the studio at one time! However, less than a year later, I am realizing that I will definitely need to order more, and soon!

 

I am still in the pricing/planning stage of this endeavor, searching for the best price and deciding on delivery versus pick-up and which distributor to use (so far it's looking like Bracker's Good Earth Clays in Kansas).

 

So far, I know I need to come up with at least $600 in order to get 1000 pounds of clay. I'm planning to offer CSA shares at $20 increments and in return, supporters will receive $30 worth of pottery for each share. It is not as big of a discount as the CSK (sorry), but it is just a little incentive to support the cause and my way of saying 'thank you'.

Me, posing with my very first banner, just before a show last year.
Me, posing with my very first banner, just before a show last year.

So, consider this an unoffical invitation to participate (go ahead and send all your money to PO Box 62, Stuart, IA 50250--just kidding, although I won't turn down any early birds!).

 

Keep an eye out for the official invitation for this year's CSA opportunity. I will post here on my website, on Facebook, and most likely on Etsy.

 

As a closing to this unexpectantly long blog post, I just wanted to thank everyone for your continued support as I get the studio up and running. I am very excited and hopeful that 2013 is going to be a fantastic year! I learned a lot last year, feel more prepared this year, and have big plans to be very productive!

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