3) Sell Pottery. While an increasing amount of my sales are done online, I still fill the van monthly and transport everyone to craft shows, the farthest of which, this year, was to La Jolla- 11 hours one way. Usually we leave at our favorite hour, crack of dawn, and set up in the 2+ hours before the show starts. We unload all the boxes, set up the tent, then the display structure, and finally, painstakingly, Joey displays as much pottery as he possibly can in our 10x10 domain.
|Some sights have a lot of variation (KMAF)|
|Levelling the booth at night|
|Joey arranging the booth|
4) Take on New Challenges. Every year there's someone asking if I can do something I haven't quite done before. I always say yes. This year I'm making new tables and meeting with architects and interior decorators to design remodels. Tile projects I have only completed in my own home are now going to be adapted to someone else's (there will be photographs of this after January). With Joey's metalworking and carpentry skills, we are hoping to develop and expand this custom installation side of our business.
5) Share the Knowledge. Around January (details still being ironed), I will be teaching a ceramics class at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (http://sebarts.org/index.php/classes/). In February, I will be giving a presentation to the Rossmoor Ceramics Club (http://www.rossmoorceramics.com/)
6) Enjoy life. Swim in the ocean as much as possible. Do pilates. Garden. Rock climb. Kayak. Hunt mushrooms (if it rains!). Visit friends. Play music. Dance...I love being my own boss, even if the common themes are waking up at the crack of dawn, heaving boxes, and being filthy. The rewards are great!