Writing 2017 feels amazing. Only yesterday it was January 1997 and I spent the month painting in a quiet studio in Winston Salem, spending evenings drinking bottles of wine with my roommate while she studied French and I tried to render glowing stained glass panels with oil paints. I would not have guessed then that I'd be spending all day, every day in a pottery studio. My sketchbook practice remains nearly the same, though. After the holiday sales were over I did a studio cleanup and rearrange and uncovered sketchbooks from college, grad school, and early married life. While I've pitched all of my written journals and yearbooks, I'm happy I held on to the sketchbooks. They tell me more about where I was and what I was working through, as well as providing threads that connect all of the past Melissas with who I am now.
I have been thinking about changes in my current roster of work, running them through my head for some time, only just now beginning to rough out the ideas. I spent a morning last week playing with text placement for my Emily Dickinson cup. I believe I've made my last two in the old style, with large text and feather inlaid in the cup. I've been dissatisfied with it for a while, ready for a change. The facebook "on this day" feature recently popped up with the first iteration of this design, from 2012. Five years is a long time to make the same thing the same way, so I'm playing with changes. I feel like my lettering has changed a great deal, and I rarely use inlay anymore. I have not abandoned it entirely, but I've come to like my brush script more than my inlay lettering.
This first round of modified design cups are ready to go into the kiln. I'll have more on etsy and my website in February. I'm planning to offer these in blue and iron oxide rusty-brown. The black was perfect for inlay but is too harsh for brush lettering. Excited to see how these fire out.
This is going to be a busy month. I begin teaching again next week, and on the 28th I'm participating in A Fancy Little Flea, a one-day market featuring Miss Mustardseed Milk Paints and sponsored by my dear friend (and fairy godmother) Stephanie Jones. I've got lots of goodies headed that way- hope to see you if you're local!
Finally, slots are open for my subscription club! Find out more about it here. I begin shipping in February- one box a month through April.
Happy New Year!