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Autumn!

Posted by on Sep 24, 2011 in About Me, Philosophy, Teabowl | 0 comments

Yesterday was the beginning of autumn, my favorite season.  I love this time of year; and, even though eastern NC is slow in her transition, I am in full fall mode.  There are so many things I enjoy about this time of year – cooler weather, softer light, changing leaves, football. I takes a bit of effort for me to enjoy summer – but it is so easy for me to celebrate fall.  I buy mums, put out pumpkins, decorate the house with warm fall colors, light candles, and make soups.  I even have music that I listen to this time of year.  Most of my favorites include the hammered dulcimer:...

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Celebrating Summer

Posted by on Jul 23, 2011 in About Me, Lime Fiesta, Teabowl | 2 comments

My favorite time of the year is fall so summer has always felt like a long waiting period.  And, in eastern NC, fall doesn’t come until October so the wait is even more prolonged.  Add high heat and humidity, and summer has never been a favorite season of mine. I spent a lot of years in school until I finished my MS, therefore I was accustomed to an academic schedule setting the rhythm of my life rather than seasonal variations.  Essentially, I defined summers by time away from study and work, not by warmer weather.  After I began working full time, I realized that the season had no bearing...

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Show Season

Posted by on Jun 18, 2011 in About Me, Craft Show, Multiples, Selling Pottery, Teabowl, Wine Coaster | 2 comments

Big news… A Bit Off Center has been accepted into the Autumn Leaves Festival which is a HUGE craft show and festival in Mt. Airy, NC.  This is exciting and a bit intimidating. Shows are to potters as races are to runners.  Runners run; but, they are most focused when there is a 5k on the horizon.  This is what preparing for shows feels to me.  I plan inventory goals and then start to throw and glaze until the big day.  Or, in the case of Autumn Leaves Festival, I throw and glaze until the big 3 day weekend. If we are accepted into all the shows that we have applied to, then this will...

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Business Lessons

Posted by on Mar 8, 2011 in How-to, Red and White, Teabowl, Teapot, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I don’t have an art degree.  And, although I don’t have a business degree, when I got my ‘real world’ job, I had to learn business.  So I read – a lot. I am surprised that so many of the things I read in business literature can apply to art (specifically my pottery quest). In business, when starting a project, you consider as many ideas as possible.  Then you must focus and make choices in order to finish the project.  But most people aren’t open enough in the beginning; and, then they stay open too long, hold on to too many options, and never get a cohesive idea (Seth Godin). This...

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