Hi all, Saturday was fantabulous! The sun was shinning, the plants were bloomin’ and I was visited by all my favorite people! My fabulous sister Natasha helped me set up on the day, she was a real trooper! In fact it was so warm we thought that we might melt before everything kicked off at 4pm. Luckily some keen visitors showed up early and helped to finish off the set up before that happened…ta very much! I bought a couple of new pine table tops for some old trestle legs that I had painted shinny black. They looked great especially with the vessels and bowls set up on them. The plates were a great success and really helped to break up the vessels on the tables. I made some rocky ceramic jewellery which was very popular. I spent the previous day making sterling silver fittings…reminding myself with every curse why I don’t make a lot of jewelry any more. But the ‘rocky’ rings were a hit with only one lonely left-over that I thought better have a home in my jewellery box! I was super impressed with the way my garden stood up to being dressed all in pottery paraphernalia. I have a black wooden fence on two sides and when I discovered that I could screw into them there was no stopping me. I have two charming vintage wooden drawers with porcelain handles that made perfect jewelry and display cases…so up on the fence they went. Also a pair of old picture frames with linen covered foam board to pin into…made fantastic jewelery pin boards. Oh and a pair of super hideous 80’s pine wall shelves left over from some high school project …just a bit of black paint and ‘voila’ screw them to the fence and place basalt pottery cups on! My wee abode is all concrete block walls inside so I feel really liberated now that I know my fence can be used as display walls so easily. Hmm, I wonder if I can mount my TV on it and have out door movies??!!! Anyway I highly recommend it to all! Even my Huia Trophies could be nailed up on the fence and they looked marvelously spooky. We had bubbles for all in a large tin washing tub of ice and some super yummy home made mince tarts for all who ventured past the garden gate! I got to chat to lots of you lovely people who I haven’t seen for a while and also some of my enthusiastic students that came for a little look see. Some took hand made goodies for their Christmas stockings and some just came for a vino and a nibble. The day was a huge success as a wee thank you to all who have helped and inspired me this year.
THANK YOU and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
I have now finished all my classes and I am off to Nelson next week for a wee holiday…oh yeah here I come pottery capital of New Zealand!