Monday, January 25, 2010

A new look for the shop!

Sadly our one partner choose to leave the shop yesterday, and removed all her stock and shop furniture. This caused quite a bit of late night work, and last night I completed new display units for the shop window. This morning poor Goldie walked into a shop still covered in wood dust, stock standing around and just general mayhem.

But within a few hours we were able to have the shop cleaned up and re-arranged displays to our satisfaction.

New stock received from friends found display space and suddenly our little shop looked brand new. I must admit that I am very happy and satisfied with the new look we created. Now I just need to get cracking with my studio area. It looks as if a bomb has exploded in it!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

CCDI Core Product Exhibit

I just got a phone call to inform me that my black teapot was accepted for the Cape Craft and Design Core product line. This means that my work will be on a permanent exhibition for the next 12 months, travelling around the country and also abroad.
To say that I am ecstatic is an understatement. I have worked so hard for this recognition during the last 4 years.
Every time I had lit my torch it was with something like this in mind. Granted, 4 years ago I did not know about the CCDI, and the thought of doing anything ceramic related was not even entering my mind. But subconsciously I was working towards this goal. Perfecting my skill as a lampworker with each and every glass bead that I made. The hardships suffered because I was prepared to sacrifice a comfortable lifestyle for an urge to lit a torch every day.
I have been living in Cape Town for almost 3 years, and wow! It has really been a joy ride with all the ups and downs. What has stood out for me through out this journey was the goodness of people that I have come into contact with. Help and sharing of information was given without hesitation. Support offered freely. Thank you!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Good news!

I know that I have been in absentia for some time. Every now and then pangs of guilt ride me, but then work and general life takes over and demand even more time.

Ok, the good news is that I am busy preparing for a new tutorial. This one promises to be long, detailled and will cover stuff for a variety of experience levels. As with all my previous tuorials, it will be more a tecnique tutorial, rather than one with a design element to it. (At least that is how I see it ;-) )

I hope to have it ready by the end of the week.

The downside of this tutorial is that I am going to charge a small fee for it. I will cover 5 different types of the tecnique, and the time that I will have to invest in it, forces me give it away at a price.