February has been a whirlwind. I can't believe that there are only 8 days left in the month. It's been my dedicated studio month and I've crammed in as much as I possibly can. My dear assistant Ramie left for a new adventure in Maryland (I hope to have her back in the fall) and I've spent the past few weeks training a new assistant who seems born to work in ceramics. We've been exploring the slab roller, finishing details (this is where Izz shines and I do not), glazing, and today we packed the February CSA to ship.
I am tickled with this small body of work. I began working on a few pieces like this last year, inspired by the Japanese textile designer Naomi Ito. I buy a piece (or more) or her Nani Iro double gauze for myself every year for my birthday. I've been buying it since at least 2008, and the pieces I've made (and scraps I've horded) are some of my favorite items in my closet. Ito's work is flowing, botanical, and by turns bold and subtle. I borrowed some of her old floral motifs and washy watercolor style, playing with different resist techniques and going back into the washes with more defined lines. This is some of my favorite new work. I will be curious as to its reception out in the world.
Izz and I have also been working on finishing a large order for the Vintage 901 festival, March 8-10. I've made a range of unique pieces exclusive to this event, only available through them, and will have a table of wares at the Grand Tasting event on Saturday, March 11. Advance tickets are available, but the three-day pass is sold out. I am so looking forward to this new event celebrating Memphis wine, food, music, and the arts, and I'm really honored to be in on the ground floor.
We in Memphis are cautiously enjoying our February false spring. Forsythia is up, daffs are beginning to bloom, my tulips are peeking out, and trees are beginning to leaf out. I know we'll be having another cold snap, but I'm hopeful that the stone fruits beginning to bud out won't be hurt. Enjoy your week, friends, and thanks for reading.