Monday, October 17, 2011
Bout Them Apples
The other day Gary came in the house and said he found an apple tree in our back yard. We've lived here a little over a year and our roles have reversed. I stay inside working with clay and Gary works outside taking care of the landscape surrunding our home. I said there aren't any apple trees back there. He said yeah there is, there's a small shrub with some apple looking things on it.
I went out to inspect. I found a small persimmon tree with a few persimmon fruit on it. Isn't that the most luscious color? While I was out there I heard the tap, tap, tapping of a woodpecker. I looked up to see a pileated woodpecker in a dead tree chipping away for insects. Kind of hard to see him on the left side of the tree, but he's there. The pileated woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in North America and can reach 20 inches in length. What treasures I discover even on a short walk out of doors.
No matter what's happening around me, I can always find something joyous in nature. Here's a gopher tortoise tile I made today. We have lots of these tortoise around here too.
Remember I had my doubts about bringing my pottery to a show recently. The show was local and the entry fee was reasonable. Well the results were OK but not great. Based upon the comments of the organizers, I brought only inexpensive items to the show, all $20 or under. One item for $15 sold, the rest were less than that. The entry fee for the show was $50 and I sold $100 worth of items. Gary said even a penny profit is a profit. Gotta love a positive attitude.
I decided to arrive at the end of the show early to see what sold and what didn't. This show is set up and run by the organizers so artisans don't have to be present while items are being sold. When I arrived they said someone had stopped in and asked where my work was, an admirer or a lurker, hopefully an admirer. As I looked around I couldn't help but notice many of my items were placed at the back of tables or on the lowest shelves so were less likely to be seen.
There was one other potter in the show. I noticed she had lots of bowls left at the end. I also saw a beautiful covered round bowl of hers priced at $10 which didn't sell, but it was barely visible on a lower shelf. I think that show is mostly to showcase and sell items made by members and the organizers, jewelry, knitted scarfs, and painted glass. Live and learn. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.