Good morning! Today is a busy day of pricing, packing, and delivery in preparation for tomorrow's Cooper Young Festival. It's been more than 10 years since I've done this annual Memphis event, and I'm excited to be manning my friend Luther's antiques store (Young and Blythe, between Java Cabana and Loudean's) and selling my work in his shop this weekend. I'm debuting a line of new work based on my longtime love of printmaking but staying true to my love of vintage china, clean lines, and blue and white. I will also have a small selection of the new speckled egg pieces in small sizes. Everything in this new collection is set at a lower price point thank my regular hand-painted, detailed work. Over the past year I've noticed clients are being much more cautious in their purchases- I certainly have been more cautious with my own discretionary funds. With the exception of platters, large pitchers, and teapots, all of this new work is under $30. I've spent a bit of time this late summer carving moths and flower blocks, so I can more easily (and quickly) replicate my designs - I will have more of this work this fall and will have it both on etsy and my website, as well as in a few Memphis retail locations.
Earlier this week I showed you my zinnia-related pieces. I'll have lots of small trays, a few larger pieces, and several little tumblers. I also have a new collection of moth pieces, both in trays, a single large platter, and tumblers. And I don't know about you, but I'm ready for us to remember our common humanity in this divisive age. I have several #teamhumanity tumblers, all juice/bathroom cup size- reminding us to love one another. There are choose joy and hope fully cups coming (and currently available at Bingham and Broad). I'm particularly excited about these little cups- I have been playing with this idea for a few years, quietly, but I feel like they're finally where they need to be. I'm also excited about the little moth cups. I really like playing with the combination of the moths and the tissue transfer stripes.
It was just one year ago that I carved the map of Memphis into a printer's block and began my adventure of printing on clay. I have a big stack of these $16 map plates for my shop and am delivering a stack to Me and Mrs Jones (889 Cooper) this afternoon. If you can't find me on Young, you can find them there! I'm also working on a series of larger trays for the holidays.
Finally, my new speckled egg pieces:
I tinkered with my slip formulation and as much as I was pleased with the first batch of this clay that I thew, now I can see where I'm really headed with this work. I will have one small teapot available this weekend, but the majority of the pieces I'll have this weekend are very small and under $20. I'm testing larger pieces for the holidays and will debut them at my holiday studio sale (Nov 11-13).
Finally, I have some news. In October, I'm going back to what was my favorite job ever. I've signed on to be a teaching artist again with the Brook's Museum's ABC (Arts Build Creativity) Program, where I worked from 2007-2009. I've been doing nothing but pottery (and parenting) for the past five years, and it's time to diversify my efforts. I've begun planning for this new/old gig and have found that it's already intensified and focused my studio time. As a result, I will be doing fewer shows this holiday season- probably just my own, one small market near Thanksgiving, and my dear friend Martha Kelly's open studio sale in December. I'm working to fill my online shops with smaller gift-able pieces that are easy to pack and ship when I'm not teaching. I'm very excited to be teaching again, and even more excited to be in an art filled environment most days!
If you're local, I hope to see you tomorrow! Have a lovely weekend, friends!