Monday, November 23, 2009

Handmade for the Holidays Photo Contest


My Autumn Stacks Earrings in sterling silver are up for the vote!
Handmade Compete is sponsoring a Handmade for the Holidays Photo Contest. Check out all the submissions & vote for your favorite beginning December 6.

MUG Monday-Texture & Sculpture- Edition#8


 This week's collection comes from submissions from last week's post which included an amazing mug from malbers2. That piece had sold, but the one featured here is from the same rabbit series. Check out the shops of these talented potters by clicking through the big picture to get to the individual Etsy shops or by clicking on the shop names below!
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

Supporting Operation CUP (Citizens Using Pottery) 
For more info about CUP and featured potters
see Arthur Halvorsen Ceramics on facebook. 
I'd love to hear from you! Comments below are welcomed...
If you would like to enter for a MUG Feature on my blog,  you will need to do the following TWO steps
1. Leave a comment on this blog with your favorite MUG from this week's feature
AND
2. Post your handmade MUG or your favorite MUG someone else made in this ETSY FORUM

Monday, November 9, 2009

MUG Monday-Support CUP Edition#7

This week's collection comes from submissions from last week's post and my love for green...is it obvious? Check out the shops of these talented potters by clicking through the big picture to get to the individual Etsy shops or by clicking on the shop names below!
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

Supporting Operation CUP (Citizens Using Pottery) 
For more info about CUP and featured potters
see Arthur Halvorsen Ceramics on facebook. 
I'd love to hear from you! Comments below are welcomed...
If you would like to enter for a MUG Feature on my blog,  you will need to do the following TWO steps
1. Leave a comment on this blog with your favorite MUG from this week's feature
AND
2. Post your handmade MUG or your favorite MUG someone else made in this ETSY FORUM

Friday, November 6, 2009

Mall Kiosk Update


The first post on the Mall Kiosk Time Machine had a good response including lots of comments and questions here and on facebook. It was even featured on the Mall Kiosk Success page.  I thought a follow up might be a good idea.
Where do I get all my work done? This is the cart on wheels that makes it all possible.  My dad stained it cherry to match the kiosk. My brother, the master woodworker finished off the back. They did a beautiful job!  I keep my tools, metals and inventory below. There is enough room on top for two stations if you stand on each side and a my ott light. Although this is center court with sky lights, even on a cloudy day it's very dark. With working on both sides two project stages are possible like clay and wire without having to keep moving stuff around when a customer needs something special. 
 
 
Setup was coming along after only about an hour. One good thing about all the years of experience is that it doesn't take as long as it used to. The next day was spent rearranging everything and getting things priced.  A couple of new display pieces needed to be ordered, so of course it's always in transition.
One of the most common questions I get is "Do you have to pack everything up at night?" The answer is definitely no. The tarp wraps around and zips. There is a wire running through the hems so you can padlock for security. Honestly, I don't really worry about it.  I have found that most people are good people and allowing the bad ones to rule how I manage my life or my business would tarnish the joy.  As a friend said... it's all about "Karma"
In case you hadn't noticed or were too shy to ask. The kiosks do not come equipped with a restroom. Occassionally, for this and a cup of coffee, I make a run for it. Thankfully, there is usually a good neighbor nearby to keep an eye out!
Thank you for all your comments and questions. 
Off to the mall...
 

Sunday, November 1, 2009

My First-Red Baron Half Marathon

Today was a day for checking things off my list. I did my first half marathon.  Nick has many half and full marathons under his belt. So, I had the best mentor! The Red Baron Half in Corning was great!  After we got pizza at Aniello's..artichokes and roasted red peppers and some tasty cold brews. I couldn't be happier :)

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