My commission for Black River Entertainment is officially done! Phew! This was a slightly stressful commission because I had a tight schedule to follow with little room for error. I am happy to say that as of yesterday they were mailed off to Nashville, Tennessee. Now I am just praying that all of the pieces make it there safe and sound and in one piece! I did test out the candle pots with an actual candle inside them to see how they look. They turned out nice and in a dark area the flickering light paints little squares on the walls. I am also happy with how the glaze came out. The black is very even, smooth and rich. Once again coyote clay glazes have definitely proven themselves!
Each candle pot was removed from the kiln and brought back to my apartment where I began to prepare them for packing. A votive candle went inside each pot as well as one of my business cards. Once each pot contained these items I began the bubble wrapping!
Every time I make something new or work on a commission, I try to think about good business tactics. Candle pots were the only thing ordered, but I had the candles to add to the pots and knew that would complete the look. I hope this will only help in business to show that they are receiving a fully completed item, candles in all. There is no need to run out and get candles for the pots too, which I think could be easily forgotten about once they are opened.
Wrapping up the pots was the best feeling! It was so nice know that the commission was complete and they could be on their way. I did end up taking the candles out of the pots because they rattled around in the pots freely and I didn’t want bits of wax to flake off inside. I put all thirty votive candles in a bag to box up with the pots.
As you can see, I may have had a little too much fun with the peanuts! I was also excited that they were pink. After all, this is February and February = hearts and love and pink! Bubble wrap and peanuts is truly the way to go when shipping pottery. It is not worth the risk to try paper or anything else. I was able to fit twenty-three candle pots in my largest box, but it did take three boxes to pack everything up.
Three boxes packed and taped, were stacked by my front door to be brought to the postal center first thing the next morning. Each box had my return address sticker with my artist card taped below. The colors really pop against the cardboard. I kept telling my husband, tape is what are holding these boxes together. Tape! It made me a little nervous, but I know I packed them well and used plenty of tape too. They were mailed out yesterday via FedEx for a two-day delivery. They should be arriving in Nashville by Thursday afternoon. I had them fully ensured with delivery confirmation, so I will be checking my inbox on Thursday to see that they got there. I can’t wait to hear their response from this commission!