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2013 Community Supported Art

photo by JAG Photography
photo by JAG Photography

As mentioned last month, I am doing another bit of fund raising in order to purchase a large batch of clay. I have it all set up on Etsy (but will also accept checks in the mail). Please refer to either of the two links above for more information on the CSA model and/or my special offer--for every $20 you send me to help pay for clay, you will receive $30 in pottery by the end of the year--a solid investment, if you ask me! I need to order clay very soon, so this CSA (Community Supported Art) opportunity ends March 24th! Thank you for your consideration and support!

 

I was hoping this blog post would be more interesting, but due to an early onset of allergies, I must end it sooner than I'd like--my brain doesn't work so well when my head is congested!!

In closing, here is a little spring teaser--I am very excited to introduce small succulent planters this year! These will be fired soon, so keep an eye out for the finished product!

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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!

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big and BIGGER!

peaking in the spy hole at JD Jorgenson's spring woodfiring
peaking in the spy hole at JD Jorgenson's spring woodfiring

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.   

one of last year's raised garden beds
one of last year's raised garden beds

 

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. 

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