Late September and early October have been full of custom work for clients and my CSA subscriptions to deliver or ship out before I head to Maine in two weeks. I thought I'd take a moment today to show you what I've been working on.
At the top, a cobalt faux bois cake plate. I've made many many cake plates over the summer and fall and have had a spectacular failure rate. Really, it has been astonishing how much breakage and cracking I've seen. This has resulted in a lot of changes in how they're made and in which colors they're offered. The flowing celadon glaze has been most problematic, both for cake plates and for a set of custom cups that I made (all of which ended up in the trash), but the cobalt continues to be a consistent winner. I'm waiting on my cake plate client to choose her plate and will sell the rest over the holidays.
Next up is a set of large oyster porcelain mugs and a crackle-glazed oyster platter. I have fallen back in love with English porcelain. The first set of these pieces have gone to live on the gulf coast with friends and clients whose family includes a James Beard Award winning chef. There will be more of these cups (including demitasse size) and platters over the holidays. I'm quite taken with them at the moment.
Finally, I made a run of Memphis map platters for the St. Jude Garden Harvest Party. I made an enormous run of HOPE pieces for the first Garden Harvest Party in 2011 and was delighted to be asked to make work again. Since these map pieces have proven to be sustainable sellers, I took the opportunity to make cards explaining the map's major geographic and natural features to include with each piece in the future.
In other news, I've been making more small giftware for my etsy shop and for shops around town. I introduced what I'm calling my #teamhumanity cups at Cooper Young. The line of sentiments is growing- choose joy, hope fully, love one another, and this week I added be grateful. These are available in small juice/wine sized cups and also in saucer/dessert plate size.
I'm also working on grab-and-go gifts- small bud vases, more paperwhite bulb pots, ornaments- for local retailers, online, and at the upcoming pop-up shops, home sales, and holiday sales that will begin on Nov 2. I'm still hammering out the last details for these events and will be back to share them soon. My home sale is Nov 11-12- that's set in stone- and I also begin teaching classes with the Brooks immediately following that sale. So much packed into this fall!
happy week, friends.