Thursday, July 13, 2017

A year has passed

I can't believe it's been a year since I posted. Although 2016 was really busy, or maybe because it was, I took a 3 month vacation from pottery this spring. If you'd like to read about my adventures, I blogged about it here.

Here's a quick Dancing Pottery year-in-review.
  • I continue to love being a member of Beech Grove Clay Works, the best studio in the Indianapolis area. 
  • Dancing Pottery was at 12 different events, markets, or fairs.

    Virginia Avenue Folk Fest

Greenwood Farmers Market

Demos at Brickyard Ceramics big summer event

German Fest

Cottage Home Block Party

 Frankfort Library Friend of Art Show

First Friday at Broken Beaker 

Yelp's Totally Bazaar

Friday, July 15, 2016

Pinch Pot Demo!

I'm one of the lucky guest artists doing demos at the
Brickyard Ceramics and Crafts big summer sale. The sale runs from July 21-23.

My pinch pot demo will be on Saturday, July 23, from 10-1pm. I'll be showing how to create a closed form pinch pot, as I make critters--birds that can be hung as ornaments or adorable hedgehogs!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Virginia Avenue Folk Fest 2016

Virginia Avenue Folk Fest is this Saturday! I'll be there with at the double wide booth of Dancing Pottery and Beech Grove Clay Works. Free Music, tasty food and drinkies, and pottery!! Also many other vendors. Hope to see you there! Saturday, May 14th, 9 am until dark.

More details at their website or on Facebook.

Friday, January 15, 2016

A lovely ending to a busy 2015

As usual, the last few months of the year were a busy time for me! My two favorite festivals in Indianapolis happen in the fall--ArtSquared and GermanFest. I've also added a new favorite this year, Yelp's Totally Bazaar in December.

Art Squared is awesome. It's in my fantastic neighborhood, Fountain Square, just southeast of downtown Indianapolis. It's free, there's an ArtParade, Masterpiece in a Day, and an ArtFair. For added joy, it also was on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so the boys and I got to be the Dread Pirate Potters!

In October, there's the beer happy, German game playing, wiener dog racing GermanFest at the Athenaeum.

My new and exiting event of 2015 was the ginormous pop-up party at Indy's Central Library, Yelp's Totally Bazaar. Wow.  Huge. Thousands of people all in 3 hours.  Fun!

And to finish the year out, the tasty and generous event at Beech Grove Clay Works, Soup for Tots. Buy a bowl from BGCW, get soup, and the price of the bowl goes to Shop with Cop.  

Thanks to all my friends and fans for supporting me in my pottering madness. Love you all!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

December Shows!

I got an early Christmas present this July, when I was selected as one of the vendors for Yelp's Totally Bazaar! This is a fantastic annual pop up shopping party with more than 150 local businesses at Indy's beautiful Central Library. It's from 6:30-10pm on Thursday, December 10th. Find all the details here!

On the heels of Totally Bazaar is Beech Grove Clay Works annual holiday fundraiser and sale. Join us at the studio, buy a member-made bowl, eat delicious soup, browse through other fabulous work by our members, and have a fine time! Soup for Tots is Saturday, December 12th from 4-8pm.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Feast of Lanterns 2015

Last Saturday was my second show at Feast of Lanterns. I don't often work this festival, since it often conflicts with one of my favorite dance weekends, Sugar Hill. It's hard to be the dancing potter if I never get to dance!

Dancing at the end of the contra dance line at Sugar Hill, way back in 2001.
Luckily, the scheduling gods smiled and I got to do both this year. I was especially excited about my return to this festival, since my last time at the Feast was spent hobbling around in a cast. Not the most fun way to be a pottery vendor. But this year's Feast was fantastic! Beautiful weather, a great location for the double booth I shared with 3 other potters from Beech Grove Clay Works, newly built shelves for my pottery, tasty beverages, and fantastic music.

Setting up with John, Mike and Judy
Those boys from Beech Grove Clay Works up to no good
The great new shelves that I built the day before the festival
Feast of Lanterns is a wonderful festival just northeast of downtown Indianapolis, in Spades Park. It's in a lovely city park, it's FREE, things to do for kids, tasty food and beverages, and great vendors. Like Carrie from Celebration Henna, who was right next door to our booth. I couldn't resist and got hennaed up! Carrie has a great trick of be-glittering the wet henna, which needs time to dry and set up after it is applied. The glitter looks great and reminded me to not mush the wet henna while it dried. And also, everyone needs a little more glitter in their lives!

My glittered peacock still waiting to dry
My henna tattoo the next day, should last for a week or more

And we all sold lots of pottery. It was a lovely day, and then as sunset passed, the lanterns were lit.

And the bands continued to play, even as we started to pack up our booth at 11pm. Tear down is way more fun when done to the irresistible Pork and Beans Brass Band.

Thanks to all my friends, neighbors, and fans who stopped by! Hope to see you again soon! Lots of fun shows coming up for me through the end of the year!

Revamping the booth

At every show or market, I curse the muses that led me to my very heavy, breakable art. And I'm incredibly jealous of the vendors next to me with their easy-to-pack textiles. Sigh. So I'm always trying to try new ways to lighten my load and speed up the setup/teardown times. 

For the last two years, I've slowly collected all the parts for a full 10x10' market booth. Several folding tables and tablecloths with four sets of 3' tall folding oak shelves, big and little wooden crates to fill in the rest of the display space. While they look nice, the folding oak shelves are really heavy, a few of them are wobbly, and some of the shelves are starting to crack. And I've felt that the standard folding tables I use aren't effectively using the booth space. But since the shelves were something I owned before I started showing pottery, I've made do with them, since I wasn't ready to fork over the funds for new display shelves. 

But this weekend at Feast of Lanterns, I tested a new shelf system--one that I built myself!! Endless websurfing for possible shelf designs found me this site with instructions for a shelving system that would be reasonably lightweight and could be stored completely flat. An added bonus was that I could make the shelves as long as would fit in the bed of my truck, about 6.5 ft. 

Here's my sketch that I used to figure out what I needed to buy.

The blog post that helped me with this (Thanks, Blue Starr Pottery!) has step by step instructions. Based on some help from the Big Box Store employee, I upgraded to 1"x 3" boards for the support frames. This meant I needed to find longer screws than what was used in Blue Starr blog. And of course, I wasn't able to find 3.5 or 4" screws that wouldn't split the thin one inch boards that I was using. I could only find 3.25" screws, which added some extra drilling work. I ended up pre-drilling the screw holes through the vertical 6' frame boards--for two screws that would go through each end of the each 15" horizontal shelf support board. Then I used a larger drill bit on each hole, so I could counter sink the screws in another quarter inch. This allowed the shorter screws to get deeper into each shelf support and sank the screws so I could fill all the holes on the vertical frames.

The first of the hinged support frames took quite a while to figure out, measure, and assemble. But as soon as that first one was done, I could use it as the measuring template for the next 3 frames. Way faster!

One of the big things I worried about as I considered these new shelves was the stability. I was incredibly pleased with my initial set up in the garage once I had everything assembled. It was solid! No wobbling! Woohoo. Then I disassembled them (super quick!) and carried it all out into my yard to try it out in the grass. Even on my not-really-level-lawn, the shelves were solid even though they were tilting on the small rise on the lawn. With a few shims, I leveled the shelves and still felt good about how grounded they felt, even without the extra weight of pottery on them.

The new shelf system went on its trial run at the Feast of Lanterns. Take a look at the next post for a view of the new shelves loaded with pretty pottery. I'm pretty pleased The new shelves have a lot of pros--a more effective depth than the shelves on folding tables, one set of shelves for 6 feet rather than two sets on the tables, fits way more pottery than the old set up, and I can use my storage/transport crates on the shelves as part of the display. It does have a few drawbacks--some people don't like to bend down to the lower shelves, the top shelf is too high for some customers to get pieces down on their own, and I'm losing a lot of my "hide the ugly stuff" space under the tables.

I am considering making another set of these, which would get rid of the rest of the heavy wobbly shelves and two of the three folding tables that I have to use. I'll just need to find the time to make them!