On October 22, I had my first ever solo show. Being a potter as my full time occupation is quite amazing. I love being able to set my own hours and work on the things I want to work on and love. The tough part about being in business for myself is finding constant motivation. I am generally eager to get to work, since I love creating. The difficult side of work is being confident in what I make and boldly presenting my work for sales. Planning this show was a bold move for me as well as a bit scary. When the time got closer and closer, I kept doubting that I should be having a show at all. It is one thing when people respond well to images of your work online, but face to face it is a critique (good or bad). Luckily, being an art student has taught me well how to handle critique without taking it too personally.
Looking back on my show: it was a huge success and I am so glad I went for it. My parents hosted the show at their home in Maryland. It was a great event and a bit of a blur. I was only there for a long weekend. Andrew and I packed the car Tuesday and left late on Wednesday to arrive at home in Maryland at 3:15am Thursday morning. We went straight to be and when we got up we shared hugs with my parents and lots of cuddle time with the dogs. It is a great feeling to be back in the house you grew up in and be surrounded by your family!
Andrew actually has all three daschunds cuddling with him. Otto is completely under the blanket!
It was so wonderful to spend time with my parents and with my brother. Ian was able to take some time off to be with us for the long weekend as well. We were all missing Austin for sure, who couldn’t get away from school. My in-laws sent me these beautiful flowers for my show and we had the special treat of Andrew’s brother, Matthew, come join us for the show and help Andrew with the live music during the event. It was amazing! Thank you both – you sounded wonderful! We definitely had a full house: Analee and Kim (two of my closest friends from college) came to help with the show as well. There was a ton to get done in order to be ready for this show, but all the work was worth it! Mom cooked a lot and created a beautiful and delicious spread of heavy hor ‘d ourves and desserts.
Matt and Andrew tackled the lantern lights which hung in the pine tree near the front of our house. It looked to sweet lit up at night. Plus, it made is very clear for those coming to the show that they were at the correct house. While Mom, Kim and Analee finished all the cooking and baking, I was setting up the show displays. It was a lot of work. My Dad was busy with last-minute touches to the house and his furniture. He actually rented a Uhaul for the day to remove some of the furniture in our living room. The house looked transformed by the time the show was ready to start. We had a full house the whole evening with lots of sales. It was such a great time!
I was really happy with they way the house looked when it was all set up and ready to go. The show started in the living room and worked its way into the dining room. I have already been asked by several people if this is going to become and annual show. At this point I would like to say, yes. I hope to make it annual for as long as I can. One thing I would love to have happen next year, is to have it professionally photographed. I actually tried to arrange that for this show, but it just didn’t work out. It would be fun to have really nice photos taken of the whole show in action and then make and album of it. Perhaps next year.
My Christmas pottery made its debut at the show and was sold for the first time. Unfortunately I was only able to bring two completed Nativity Platters along. I had four but two of them broke. One was for sale and the other was raffled off. Tickets were sold to try to win the platter. Our winner was Irene Jones. Congratulations!
It was a joy to showcase the works of artisan PlaneArtWoodworks at my show. The artisan is actually my father, Brian Prince. He is an excellent craftsman who has a keen eye for design and function. He had several of his pieces in the show and they were very well received. Check out the PlaneArtWoodworks website and his shop on Etsy! He can be contacted for any custom work desired or you can purchase the pieces featured in show through his sites!
This table and the tiled mirror were a collaboration of my ceramic tiles and the craftsmanship of PlaneArtWoodworks.
Thank you so much to all who attended the show! It was a great encouragement and a lot of fun. I hope to be back next year for my second Maryland show! Thank you Mom and Dad for hosting and for all the hard work you put into the preparations. Thank you PlanArtWoodworks for being apart of the show. Thank you Matthew for coming to MD and for playing live music most of the night! It was awesome. Analee and Kim, thank you so much for all of your help at the sales table, for cooking, cleaning and helping get the show set up! Thank you Ian for being home with us for the weekend and for your help in preparing! Austin, we missed you greatly. Andrew, thank you for being my great supporter at home, encouraging me in my work, helping me pack the car and make the long drive, and being my loving husband.