Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Monday, and thanksgiving week, oh my! How did it get to be nearly the end of November? Can you tell I'm running in place these days? Well, it feels like that. I've been trying to do a huge shop update for the past week, all while trying to get the last HUGE batch of work, drawn, glazed and bisqued. I have a ton of one of a kind work as well as some favorite patterns in the makings and this will definitely be the LAST batch for 2009. So what am I making? Well, your favorite items of course! Tea cups, platters, vases and ornaments. The platters are taking their good old time drying out so the kiln is slowly being filled. I estimate I have about 6 firings to go before it is all done. For now though, my etsy shop is open and I am shipping quite quickly. In fact I've been up since 6am packing up orders to go out today. I am liking the new ready to ship format and just might stick to it for quite some time. While it is nice to have a stack of orders to make, it can make life a little stressful when things go wrong or run longer than estimated. So while my shelves are slowly being stocked, I am also preparing for Holiday Heap on December 5th, which is my only craft show this holiday season.
In baby news! We are painting her room this week and the crib should be here today!!!
'tis all for this monday morning...
Posted by Linda Johnson Studio at 8:46 AM
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Time keeps sneaking up on me but somehow I've managed to get all of my store orders out in time for holiday shopping (list coming) and I am now caught up on web orders, all I can say about that is ahhhh! I do have a special something that will be going to Art Star next week, I'll share more on that then! So now that the holiday making is a bit insane in the studio, please bare with me as I photograph and upload the new work to my shop. I've had quite a bit going on outside of my little flower world and this year I've scaled back in a big way, my new medium project I mentioned in a previous post just might have to put off until the spring as I no longer have the space to produce it, ah, priorities! But, rest assured, I am still up and running!
Posted by Linda Johnson Studio at 9:13 PM
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Before the clay becomes anything, it first must be prepped. This involves cutting it up and weighing it out, then balling it up for throwing or rolling out for the hand built pieces. Yesterday was a huge prepping day, above is a glance at where this happens. My wedging table, it took me a few hours to prep a few days worth of clay. I also wrote up my production schedule for the rest of the year and found that this will be my last big throwing week before the holidays, that is unless I somehow get a surge of energy. I'm down to working about 8 hours a day in the studio and maybe 2 hours of biz stuff. I am also caught up, after getting behind, then being super sick, it is so nice to have a moment to breath and not have late orders hanging over my head. So what will I be making? So far it will be the most popular items; cups, vases and platters. And although a little late, there will be ornaments this year. I've mentioned a new medium, oh yes, I do have something new in the works which I'm hoping to reveal in the upcoming weeks. It's taking me a little longer than I thought to finalize things as time has not been on my side. And time has put the clay items first since they need time to dry out. But it's going to be so good!
I'm off to work, work, work. Just me with a cute beagle-ish girl following me around and a baby kicking up a storm in my belly!
Posted by Linda Johnson Studio at 7:50 AM