Holiday Market Place Recap

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.

Lynda Farmer

About Lynda Farmer

About ten years ago, I realized I’d been saying “I’ll get back to clay one of these days” SINCE 1979!!! The very next week, I signed up for a clay class at LBCC Benton Center, and have been there ever since. It has been one of the great joys in my life…creating, using the medium of clay. I like the way it feels, I like the way it smells, I like the way it waits to be made into something. When I go home and I’ve got clay spattered from my head to my toes, I feel a sense of satisfaction. Probably not unlike an athlete after a long workout, or a singer after a rehearsal. We all have something inside that craves to create. And whether it’s expressed in clay, painting, music, dance, cooking, the sciences, or even caring for others; the drive to create something special, something that makes a difference to someone, something which expresses our hearts and minds, is definitely worth the pursuit. Over these years, I have found myself focusing more on art than on function. Most of my pieces are hand built art for the home…meant to hang on the wall or stand independently, many of which can double for floral arrangement containers or candle sconces. I love the idea of making a piece so it has more than one purpose/pleasure. I like to address more than one sense if possible. For instance, if it’s hollow, make it a rattle. If it is free standing, shape it to funnel light upwards or have piercings, so that it can be illuminated and enjoyed that way. Make it to hang on the wall, or be used as serveware. Create work that can go indoors or out in the garden. Currently, my work is either Raku fired or wood fired. Both distinctly different from each other, but equally unique and beautiful. I may not have a formal education. And I cannot say I am self-taught, as many wonderful people have generously shared their craft with me over the years. I don’t have a studio at home, nor have I had my own exhibit or made a bunch of money. So I’m no one important in the clay world. But working in clay has not only fed my creative monster, it‘s given me years of fun, relaxation, and a ton of personal growth; as well as brought many precious people into my life. I may not have material riches, but I am truly rich in the things money can’t buy…a sense of accomplishment, dear friends, and joy. I hope you enjoy my work. Your comments will be appreciated.
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