Tuesday, September 23, 2014

my glamorous life

hi-
summer is officially over.  i can scarce believe it!
thank you to everyone who kindly visited our booth at the variety of venues we attended.  i must say, my 15th show season brought us face to face with some harsh realities......like, we have become 'senior members' of the circuit and i probably won't be able to do this forever. 
i remember my first year when fellow ceramicist John Benn encouraged Perry and I to 'put away some money' when we could.  we looked at each other and shrugged.....hahaha, the money will certainly continue to roll in ... and in a blink of my contact lenses, we have arrived at that place where we need to think about a strategy!
 
i still love the pots.  i especially love the folks we interact with.  still.....my plan is to do fewer shows next year and bring only irresistibles with me to the ones i do attend.  i'm actually pretty excited about it. 
for those of you who have been collecting, i'm NOT quitting.  the brushes will need to be pryed out of my cold hands.  i'm just taking a moment to collect my thoughts about how to best proceed.  perhaps i shouldn't have said anything.  let's carry on, business as usual.  ok?

today, literally i am wearing all the hats.  Perry has pneumonia and there are orders to fill!  i caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and had to take a snapshot of my glamorous life. i'm giggling.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Summertime.......

hi-  
when i set up this blog i thought i would enjoy posting pictures and sharing thoughts about life and ceramics....ha!   you can see how faithfully i have 'tended the garden'!   my family continues to grow and i adore being Lola ( grandma ) to 4 beautiful children who all live within a mile.  it's becoming more difficult to leave town!
by the time i return from my travels, the light is beginning to change and summer is fading.  the kids are excited about their new school shoes and i feel i have missed out on warm lazy days on a quilt coloring and eating watermelon with them.  i have missed summer in Hood River at her finest once again.
don't get me wrong....i do enjoy returning to our favorite beautiful places AND the acquaintances who have become sweet friends over the years.  there must be a way to reconcile this dilemma!   so.... in my quest to address this i am REALLY trying to navigate a FB biz page and complete the website i keep promising.   
if you are inclined, please visit my page at Melanie Thompson Artware (and 'like' it:)  i need your help for high visibility in addition to the festivals. i'm writing to every person who has kindly shown interest in my artware over the past 15 years.  thank you, truly, for rewarding my efforts....you're the reason i keep making it!  
make it a great day! 
Melanie