First and foremost, I can’t tell you how much I appreciated everyone’s support, encouragement, and HELP with everything from my dumb questions to helping set up/tear down. I think we were set up COMPLETELY in 2½ hours! And tear down took just a little over an hour. Unbelievable! Special thanks to Karen French for all her hard work with the HMP in general, and then taking care of our cash box, VISA machine, and all the pre- and post bookkeeping that is entailed with a show of this nature. We probably could get by without you Karen, but I NEVER WANT TO! You made my job easy and I appreciate you greatly. Also big thanks to all the fellas who brought tools and climbed all over getting lights hung, wires laid, etc. You guys got all that done in time to help the rest of us get the shelves assembled, placed, and covered. Our space looked fantastic, thanks to everyone’s collective efforts. We are lucky artists!
Second, I got nothing but positive comments on how our space looked. There were 16 potters exhibiting, with plenty of shelving and louvered doors for hanging wall pieces (thanks Donna!). No one was crowded in the least, and we were even able to have a “gallery” in the middle. The lighting was perfect for illuminating all the shelving (Thanks Ted & Sandy, Steve, Sandy Houtman, and anyone else whose lighting we used)…important in a space that large! It all worked out great. And even if we have a few more participants in the future, I think we’ll still have enough room to display lots of fine pottery effectively without being visually overwhelming. Customers commented on the variety and quality of the clay art in the room, and those who purchased frequently noted that they weren’t sure the piece would ever get to the person they were buying it for (in other words, they loved it so much, they were probably going to keep it for themselves)!
Overall, it was a very successful show/sale. I think you all are very special, talented people and am glad to call you my friends and co-artists. Have a very Merry Christmas and holiday season, and we’ll see you at the Guild meeting on Monday, December 14. Remember to bring your dues…only $20 for a whole year! Those of you who we haven’t seen in a while…I hope you’ll carve a bit of time out of your busy schedule to join us the 2nd Monday of each month at our Guild meetings. You’re truly missing out on some great networking, idea exchanges, encouragement and positive input, and information you can’t get elsewhere. Hope to see you soon.