Art as a Career, Community, Making Pots, Pottery, Sale, Uncategorized

New Studio!! Come visit this Saturday!

IMG_2413I’ve got a new studio!!!

Phew! I went for more than two months without a place to stretch out and get dirty, and I think that’s about my limit. Toward the end there I did pick up some watercolors, sumi ink, and pens for some 2D explorations from my desk at home. That was actually an incredibly good idea, for it has spawned a line of cards and revealed the potential for a whole new body of work (more on that soon).

But now I’m settling in to my new space at The Swimming Hole, a collective in NE Portland, on NE 42nd near Alberta Ct (5120 NE 42nd, to be precise). It’s a modest space, but with a lot of great mojo…we are currently eight women working in clay, glass, and metal. We each have different backgrounds and goals, but all have a  love for making gorgeous things with our hands. I think it could be the perfect first stop, out of the gates from grad school, in establishing my professional practice.IMG_2414

And this weekend we’re having an open studio, as part of the 42nd Avenue Makers’ Faire. Portland is a mecca for makers, that’s for sure, and many of these creative entrepreneurs have been settling in along NE 42nd Avenue, contributing to the blossoming of neighborhoods adjoining this street, like the Cully neighborhood (which also has a pretty awesome cycle track up and down Cully Blvd). The faire and our open studio runs from noon-6 p.m. this coming Saturday, August 23rd. Most of us will have wares for sale out front, and tours of our studios will be available upon request. The weather will be hot and sunny, and the organizers of the Faire have lots of other fun activities and music on tap (bouncy castle!!). I’ve included more information from the business association below, including links to musicians set to perform that day.IMG_2411

 

 

 

 

 

 

bucket 6aThis year’s 42nd Avenue signature event is a Makers’ Faire. Although we will continue the spirit of the Street Fair with entertainment, a beer garden, foots ball, and a bouncy house, this year will emphasize the identity of our district: making goods and providing services.

Like the guilds of old, the makers on 42nd Avenue serve their community by honoring their craft. Whether its furniture, signs, charcuterie, bread, pastries, metal objects, printed material, fancy cars, healthy teeth, bikes, ice cream, employment, beverages, a place to gather, or obedient dogs, making good and services is our commonality.

From noon to 6 p.m., Faire participants can go behind the scenes, into businesses to meet the owners and staff. Get an insider’s view of businesses through tours, classes, contests, giveaways, and tastings. Our scavenger hunt can qualify you for prize drawings. As a business district, we are excited to share with our neighbors the view from the other side of the counter.

Between activities, enjoy amazing live music and booths.

12-2 PM: James Clem: Oldtimy country and blues 

2-4 PM: BrassRoots Movement: New Orleans Stand Up Brass Band

4-6 PM: Jalani and the Secret Five Gospel and Soul

If you are a Maker and would like to be a vendor at the Makers’ Faire please email Myo at
cullyfarmersmarket@gmail.com and she will send you an application.

 

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Pottery, Sale

Sarah’s Summer Ceramics Sale

I’m headed out to Hood River this weekend, one of the most dramatically beautiful parts of this country, to set up shop for my 8th annual (although belated) studio sale. Usually held in April, I’m a little behind this year due to that pesky Master’s degree which took up so much of my time until a couple months ago. 😉

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I’m really looking forward to a few days in the woods, visiting with my Columbia River Gorge friends, family, and collectors. When I first held this sale in 2007 I had no idea it would develop so much momentum, and it’s become a treasured annual tradition. As I look to the future, I can’t believe a decade has almost past…this calls for a celebration, me thinks! For 2016 I envision a handful of artists joining the sale, along with a little live music, and a good old fashioned cook-out…a party!!

It’s not just me worth visiting in the Hood River area this weekend, as many orchards, wineries, and other businesses will be participating in the Hood River County Fruit Loop Summer Fruit Celebration. Believe it or not, the earliest varieties of apples and pears are coming in. My sale is located right along the Fruit Loop route, so come out and enjoy what looks to be a perfect summer weekend in the foothills of Mt. Hood.

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3351 Dee Hwy, Hood River

Directions:

Going south out of Hood River (via Tucker Rd), you’ll cross a lovely bridge over the Hood River, passing the Apple Valley store. Make the next right, toward Dee, on Hwy 281. After 3+ miles you’ll cross RR tracks. Begin to slow, as you’ll turn into the 3rd driveway on the left. Go up the hill to the 2nd house on the right. This is a somewhat steep, gravely, dirt driveway, fyi.

Art as a Career, Sale, Shows

Local 14 and Columbia Gorge Celebration

This year has been one of many firsts for me, including new shows and sales.  Just yesterday I sent off a piece (actually the one you see to the left) to be included in the Strictly Functional Pottery National, an annual show out of Lancaster, PA.  This past weekend I held a studio sale at the site of my first studio, Middle Mt. Pottery, outside Hood River, OR during the county’s annual Gravenstein apple celebration.  While traffic was not as heavy as other special weekends in Hood River County, many loyal friends and customers came out to support me…it warms my heart so!!

Next month (9/29-10/2) I will be participating in the Local 14 Show & Sale at the World Forestry Center in Portland, OR.  This is a fine art & craft sale put on by an all-women group of artists.  I was juried in as a guest artist for this year’s show.

A mere week after that (10/8-9) I will be one of eight featured artists in the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center (in The Dalles, OR) for the 25th anniversary celebration of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act.  During the day this free community event will include live music, art, living history, recreation, bike tours, local food & beer and more.  On Saturday evening, the Discovery Center will hold the 4th Annual Vintage Evening of Wine & Art, a fundraiser for the Center.  A piece of mine will be included in the auction.  Check out this page for tickets and other information.

Two weeks after the Discovery Center event I’ll be loading Soulgama!  Yikes, this is going to require a lot of pots…better get back to it!

Sale

Pottery & Apples in the Valley

I love having sales out at the site of my first studio, Middle Mt. Pottery, off the Fruit Loop in the gorgeous Hood River Valley.  I always meet lovely people who stumble upon my sale, in addition to old friends who stop by to catch up.  It’s a beautiful setting, in the woods of the foothills of Mt. Hood, and I will have a large selection of fresh pots as well as many earlier pieces and seconds at discounted prices.  In addition to my sale, many orchards, wineries and other businesses along the Fruit Loop will host special events and sales this weekend to celebrate the first of the apple harvest.

I hope to see you there!