I can't believe we are already at the end of July! This month has flown by, and likely due to the fact that I worked nearly every single day this month.
It started off a little bumpy as my son got a stomach bug during the first few days he was supposed to be in summer camp, so I lost a bit of studio time, but I managed to make it up fairly quickly. He's doing much better now and is loving (mostly) the camps I've signed him up for. We got away for a couple days camping and it was just what we needed.
Back at the studio, I've been making mugs for days as any potter will tell you that they are a big seller, but I've also been focusing on larger gift items. Serving bowls, pitcher sets (and singles), and casserole dishes. I enjoy throwing big pieces, and they make a market booth stand out that much more as they catch peoples eye when walking through a busy crowd.
One of my favourite things I worked on this month was a series of mugs for a Bride to gift her bridesmaids. She ordered a mug for each of them with their Birth Month flower on each. I love painting flowers and I was so pleased with the final result.
My last market this month was at the Farm Store in Keremeos. This is my second time attending one of their weekly Sunday markets, and I enjoyed it as much as the first time. The food is delicious as always and the scenery and great people are always a joy to be around.
On this last day of July, I'll be spending it glazing at the studio with my grandmother and aunt. I've got several custom orders to catch up on, and I also have a teapot in the kiln that's ready for glazing, and I'm looking forward to finishing that up. We are also celebrating a big milestone I've reached with my business so I'll be treating them to coffee.
Another big thing I did this month is I signed up for the Make it Market in Vancouver. I'll be attending this year in December. Its a big step for my business as I have never done a market in Vancouver before, and never one so big. There has already been much planning involved, and that will continue over the next few months. Its going to be a busy fall in preparation! I'll also be at the Craft Culture market in Kelowna in December at Prospera Place - this will be my 3rd year attending and looking forward to it!
Now that summers partway done, you'll be seeing more fall designs coming out towards the end of august. I've got some ideas brewing and I can't wait to get them onto some pots.
Thank you to everyone who come out to support me this month. I am feeling so much gratitude that I am able to do this work that I love.