It's Tuesday. I made a cake. Maybe a cake on Tuesday will become a thing. My family would sure like that. This cake, easy, decadent, unadorned, and I just followed the recipe except for decreasing the sugar to 2/3c and using finely ground almond flour instead of almond meal because that's what I have. It. Is. Good.
My big spring event, Urban Barn Market, has come and gone and I took last week off as a sick/rest week, walloped by spring allergies and the business of a big event, the end of the school year (two weeks left), planning my cup CSA, and all that is life. In the meantime, several fun things have happened that I've either not shared or are upcoming:
In the middle of the spring show planning, kiln repair (THAT was a learning adventure! A friend helped me redo the wires that had failed in my big kiln and replace the switch in my little kiln- Both kilns pooped out on me right before Easter and made me have an enforced life/work reevaluation period. However, I am now convinced that this patient friend could sit next to me and talk me through nearly any task on earth), and inventory buildup, I taught myself how to throw lidded jars in one piece. It's fascinating and a little technical, but I'm just hooked. I have some issues to work out still, but it's made small canisters and honeypots faster and better-working. These sweet little bunny jars are headed over to Bingham and Broad later this week. I'm looking forward to continue exploring this new to me technique.
Also last month, I stumbled on an instagram challenge/project, #the100dayproject. SO FAR I've done well with my 100 days of process- I'm trying so hard to be less results oriented and to enjoy the process of making art, and even if I'm not happy with what I see on my pages, to continue to work with images, ideas, and techniques until I am happy with them. Some days I fill a full watercolor page, some days I jam five separate entries onto a two page spread. There are lots of people doing this project- exploring art, food design, photography techniques, yoga, you name it. Later in June I'll be adding gouache exploration to this project. Two years ago after I finished a huge job, I took a sketchbook online class from Mary Ann Moss to give myself a creative reboot. After working hard on my Sea+Stone show and committing to a bit of a summer break, I think adding this gouache class will give me new perspective on surface design and broaden my creative practice. I'm really looking forward to it and will be sharing my progress on IG.