It's been a lovely weekend here with Cowal Open Studios. You get to meet people both local and from a distance, some wanting to buy gifts, some curious about the pottery process or Chris's driftwood collection. There are all sorts of connections that happen and shared stories and also the interest of meeting artists of other disciplines. One person was a weaver, admiring a very old weaving we have on our wall, and we sent him along to Lorna Morrish-Davison, a local weaver who is also part of COS. It feels like being part of something much bigger than us, a part of the wider world.
On that note, I thought it would be nice to hear from you - what are your interests? what would you like to be reading about? what arts and crafts do you do? or like to see? I would love to hear your thoughts.
It's lovely when shops, galleries and individuals want to buy or stock our goods. Sometimes they are withing striking distance and I can deliver them - like today. heading out over a very blustery Clyde to the Seagull Gallery with some wave pictures.They were an order for one of her customers who wanted four along one wall in her house - I hope we might get a picture to see how they look in position.
Sometimes though I need to post things out - what a worry that can be and how relieved I am to hear that things have survived in tact. One piece recently didn't make it and their replacement piece is being fired and glazed today. Usually they do though - with copious amounts of bubble-wrap, sellotape and newspaper or straw being used and large red-lettered 'fragile' tape wound around the parcel.
Recently I was asked to make a very special picture for a wedding gift - you can see it in the picture below. I even put bubble-wrap inside the picture between the ceramics and the glass. I was so pleased the buyer liked it and it arrived unscathed.
Still, it is all part of the business and I have learned a lot over the years about every aspect of business - from ceramics to accounting to labelling and packaging - long may the exciting journey continue.