Saturday, December 04, 2010

If I Could Make A Living

I was surprised to see that was actually a song title. lol! Not really familiar with it but it will work. Well, I've been busy as a bee but really don't have much to show ya'll. I've just been throwing and firing to complete orders and get ready for this Open House next weekend. I have a feeling not many people are going to show up but then as soon as I don't make much, 75 people will drive up wanting pots. So anyway, I have lots of people right now, that are interested in buying work but I just keep wondering how things are really going to go, given the sorry state of the economy etc etc. Of course, I know that some artists have always been able to make a living, even in horrible economic times. I really need to start applying to some regional or national shows and try to get my name out there.
I've talked to a few of the guys from work lately but things are still horribly slow. I don't really look for that work to pick up any time soon.

This is some of what I did this evening. Some freshly thrown bowls and a couple of mugs on the left there. There is a real trick to sliding the pots off the wheel right after they are thrown and onto a board. I do that to save space and not take up so many bats. For years I have always done fine, rarely messing a piece up, but the other night I dropped 3 mugs in a row. I said, the hell with it and called it a night. I was tired I guess.

This is one of my recent casserole dishes. I think they are starting to come out well. I don't know if I have ever put a picture of one of these up before. It has taken me a long time to develop a design that I like with these. I will show this one glazed and finished.
I have not forgotten about the video ya'll wanted to see of me throwing. It's just a matter of getting Jack to help, which is not really a problem, and having a day when I don't look like I just fell off a manure wagon.
As a matter of fact, Jack has been a great help lately, cleaning up the place for the Open House. I certainly don't want it to look like the rednecks from hell live here. He also installed a new light fixture over my wheel so I can better see what I'm doing. And he has kept us in split firewood so I don't have to worry about that.

Well, I hope that soon I will have some new progress on the house to show ya'll. I have several projects that are right on the verge of being finished but I still don't have time for that last final step. Maybe soon!

Oh! and WAR EAGLE baby!!!


mountainmelody said...

fell off a manure wagon...rednecks from crack me up!! :)

Island Rider said...

I hope it wasn't my mugs you dropped! LOL! That casserole dish is lovely. I love the top. Can't wait to see it finished.

Sissy said...

That casserole is perfect. Looking forward to pictures of final results on your creations.

Now if I had a 'jack' around here, (as in "jack of all trades") maybe the world would quit calling me Dirty Sally. Life gets pretty hairy sometimes, at least in my situation.

edifice rex said...

Hey Melody! lol!! :D

Hey IR! thanks! I think I had already finished yours actually!

Hey Sissy! thanks! it gets hairy here too! but it is nice to have Jack around. He's a big help.

Terria Fleming said...

I love your casserole dish. I want to know where/how to buy it, or a similiar one. It's so beautiful and I love the fact that it is handmade.

edifice rex said...

Hey Terria! thanks! email me at and I'll give you the prices and ordering info!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Good luck with the open house. It could be good with the holidays coming and people looking for quality and hand-made products we well.

edifice rex said...

Hey Beatrice! thanks! I hope so.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Sorry about not completing that last sentence because i meant to say with people loking for well made products. Good luck!

HermitJim said...

As usual, it looks like you are doing a terrific job...and I'm proud of ya!

You just keep on plugging away, girl! I'm sure Santa is paying attention!

edifice rex said...

Hey Beatrice! thanks!

Hey Jim! thanks; I appreciate that. Ol' Santa might be watching! We'll see!

ignatz said...

wishing you well on your open house---I LOVE the casserole!

Frugal Canadian Hermit said...

Pretty spiffy looking bowls, mugs and stuff Annie. I guess if your going to throw 3 of them around, it must be getting close to bedtime.

edifice rex said...

Hey Page! thanks a bunch!!

Hey Mark! thanks! yeah, when you start messing stuff up it's just time to call it a day. :D

Anonymous said...

Just wanted you to know how much Barry and I enjoyed your open house yesterday. It was great to see you and see all the change in your house. Your pottery is beautiful. I think I just bout finished my Christmas list at your house.

The soaps from your friend are wonderful also. I know my girls are going to enjoy them.

However, the best part was the coconut cookies! They were awesome!!!!!!!!

I hope that you have a grand Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you and all your friends and family.

Karen J.

edifice rex said...

Hey Karen! Thank you so much and I was very happy that you and Barry got to stop by! I always enjoy visiting with ya'll so much.
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas also!