Thursday, January 31, 2008
After my goofy stamp debacle (see "Doh! & Duh!!!" post below), it felt good to finish up my plates for the Community Blood Center this morning. I was able to quickly remake some stamps, fire them and get them out this morning to use. They wanted me to work in my normal style, just basically sneaking in their logo as part of the design. I'm pretty happey with how they came out.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I first get all my pieces together and check the list to make sure I haven't overlooked any items.
Each piece will be wrapped well with bubble wrap, with the end taped so it doesn't come free. Masking tape or another colored tape works best because whomever is unpacking on the other end will be able to easily find the tape (rather than using clear plastic tape). I often tear off a bunch of strips because it's much more efficient than wrapping the piece, putting it down, tearing one piece, etc.Here's a pile of wrapped and taped pieces:
The final mess of bubble-wrapped pile. I like to have all the pieces out so when I'm loading the boxes, I can see what may fit in a little nook. I didn't take any pictures of the loaded boxes, but a couple things to keep in mind:
-don't stack plates flat on the bottom of the box. Instead, create a little nest with newsprint and stack them diagonally or on their ends. I will often add a little paper cushion in between the plates as well
-Fill all gaps between pieces with newsprint- you don't want the work shifting in the box
-add extra bubble wrap around protruding handles, feet, and spouts before wrapping the entire piece Always double box your work with at least 2" of foam peanuts in between. That's my gigantor bag of peanuts- 20 cubic feet!
I always overfill the top because the peanuts tend to break down through transport:The process yesterday took a little under 3 hours (which is always longer than I think it will!). This was a particularly large order, so it took me a bit longer to wrap all the work. This all includes wrapping, packing, typing the invoice, creating a cd of images and info, dropping it off at UPS and a quick trip to Wendy's for a celebratory Frosty!
Monday, January 28, 2008
I'm working on a project for the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas: creating volunteer and donor awards for their 5th anniversary celebration. I have the pieces made and ready to receive patterns and textures that contain the CBC's logo of a blood drop. Luckily, I decided to test out my stamps really quickly before I went to town on the 12 platters and 8 vases I had made. Needless to say, I was much more careful when making the new stamps to do them backwards!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
After class I headed to Tic Toc for a yummy lunch, and then on to the Mint Museum downtown to check out the Fiberart International exhibit. For those of you who live in or near Charlotte, it's one show to see. It basically blew open the concept of what fiber art is, for me, and included many wallpieces, sculptures, and objects. It made me inspired to explore sewing materials other than fabric. I'll share sometime if I actually get around to it!
After my little excursion downtown I headed to tutoring, and then home to discover that one of my daggum (that's darn for you non-southerners) cats knocked one of the plants out of the garden window! AAARGG. Of course it was in one of my favorite pots (I can't figure out if pots become my favorite before or after they're broken!): it was one my professor in college had made and given to me. Bummer. Here's all that's left:
The problem is that Parker and Posey love to sit up in the window and chatter at the birds outside in the fig tree. Usually there aren't quite this many plants in the window because many of them are outside during the spring and summer. Parker, the fat one, has a charming way of squeezing his body in the smallest available spot. It just doesn't work well for fatty. Although I can't accuse him of doing it because I wasn't there to see it happen- just home in time to discover the pile on the floor and little dirt and ceramic treasures scattered around the house. I wish I could ground those crazy cats, but what can I do? Not pet them for a day? Yeah right.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Our trip to Ohio consists of driving about 8 hours on big highways, small highways and back roads. We often see something interesting along the way. This year, along the AA highway (mostly just a 2 lane road through the through the countryside Kentucky- lots of farms) we encountered a cattle farm with a funny sight: someone must have just called all the cows for a meal because they were all lining up in front of a barn, waiting their turn (seemingly patiently) to go in for their dinner. It was so odd to see them all slowly sauntering over to the line, not even really bumping into each other. We forgot our camera at home, so I was bummed to not have a picture to share because the words aren't as captivating as the image was.
Even though I was taking a break from pots these past weeks, doesn't mean I wasn't thinking about them. My grandma has a great china cabinet full of old serving pieces from her family. I always enjoy spending time with her exploring all the china with her, while hearing some stories of their history. Once again, I was sad that I didn't have my camera with me!
I also got some good books for the studio as gifts:
This was one of them, a used library book of Chinese Ceramics. I also got an awesome picture book called "Food Mania," which contains images of food presentation, preparation, produce picking, you name it. One of my favorite potters, Kari Radasch, had it listed on her website as an inspiration.
While it's the time of the year for resolutions, I'm not one who usually works that way, but I am often inspired by others. I just read Ron's blog entry that he had logged 285 blog entries! My hope is that this year I will take time to post more often. I enjoy reading others' blogs, and comments, and I enjoy the feedback that I get from others. So thanks for reading and responding!