Sunday, November 25, 2012

Arts Business Institute & Ornaments

A big thanks to the Arts Business Institute for choosing my cart with green wheels for their Handmade Holiday Gift Guide. The Arts Business Institute is an educational nonprofit that partners with regional art guilds, educational institutions and development organizations. They give practical business education to creative entrepreneurs. I've also opened a Big Cartel shop where you can see some of my sculptural work for sale.

Two posts ago I mentioned the copper carbonate which I put on some of my holiday ornaments not being so appealing for ornaments. The good news is most of them turned out just fine after I glazed them.

I've strung them on ribbon I had left over from my lavender farm gift shop. It's amazing how much time even a small ornament takes to make. Cut it out, stamp it with texture, brush oxide on, dry it, sand it, fire it, glaze it, fire it again, string ribbon on it. There they are in the kiln, seems they shrink quite a bit since they were almost touching before firing.

Yesterday Gary went to a local church sale and sold a few pieces of my pottery. Many locals are repeat customers. Next Saturday I'll be at Christmas in the Hills in Beverly Hills (Florida) which is right around the corner from us. The event is put on by the Parks and Recreation Department and the Lions Club. Donations will be accepted for Toys for Tots. There will be a parade, car show, and arts and crafts sale. Hope the weather is good. There's frost on the pumpkin this morning. Up next more experiments with color on plates. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. So glad to hear that your beautiful pieces have sold well and that you have repeat customers!! The small ornaments you've made are really lovely! "a parade, car show, and arts and crafts sale"Oh what fun! Hope the weather is fine!

    PS The rose tower is amazingly beautiful!! Love it!

  2. Hi Linda...same thing with black copper carb happened to me...but again, a little glaze over it and it's pretty good to go. The ornaments are gorgeous. How much do you plan to sell them for?

  3. Congratulations Linda! I do like your wagon. The ornaments look wonderful - especially with the ribbons.

  4. Congratulations! That's the kind of recognitions that can inspire creativity. Like the way the ornaments look. Isn't it magic what glaze can do?
    Happy Sunday.

  5. Congratulations on being chosen for the gift giving guide!
    Your ornaments came out great. I am sure they will sell quickly.

  6. Congratulations!!! Oooh and I love those ornaments. You are so talented!

  7. Hi Linda, It was a pleasant surprise to find you as a new follower to my blog. It put a smile in my heart. I have been spending time exploring your blog and I am very impressed by your artistic talents.Your towers of whimsy are unique and I love the colorfulness to them. I look forward to visiting with you.Dee:)

  8. Hi Sapphire, thanks, I thought the rose tower would be more burgandy color, was happily surprised at the rose and mottled look, the texture helped achieve that surface.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, I use my pendants and ornaments as price leaders in my booth and sell very inexpensively to enable those without much disposable income to make a purchase.

    Hi Gayle, thanks, I am so glad I found that ribbon in the stash of stuff. Ha.

    Hi Suzi, thanks, yes and hopefully inspires folks to purchase handmade goods.

    Hi Michele, thanks, hopefully folks like them. I made these thinner than I have in the past and I like that about them.

    Hi Turquoisemoon, thanks so much.

    Hi Dee, thanks so much, looking forward to visiting your blog too, welcome.

  9. I would like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope you can make it!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


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