Thursday, November 09, 2006

Today Being a Glass Artist Isn't

Cold coffee in the Los Angeles skyline mug, no music. Happy Birthday Ren! (Arr!). There is so much more to having a production glass studio than producing glass. (Although there is plenty of glass production going on too--I was still loading the kilns at midnight last night... again.) So far today I unpacked shipments from suppliers, processed gallery returns (etched glassware that I no longer do), and put in a call to a pipe and drape supplier.

As soon as I catch my breath a bit I will confirm my Bullseye order, finish the rest of the One of a Kind Show firing schedule, and do a little more grinding on the two boxes I will take to the Taylor Kinzel Glass Trunk Show this weekend. Notice the last activity listed is the first one of the day that actually has me laying hands on glass. Oh there will be firings today--three undoubtedly, maybe even four. If I am lucky or good (or both) they will be in the kiln early enough that I won't be in the studio after dinner again.

Tonight I would like to take my parents to dinner and then watch a movie with them. They have been here since Tuesday night and I have barely spent any time with them. Tomorrow morning I take them to the airport and they are off to Quito, Ecuador and then the Galapagos Islands.

But back to being a studio glass artist. I feel like I am on the cusp of needing to hire someone. I had hoped the new apprentice would work out, but she came for a couple of days and then disappeared. So I am on my own again, naturally. Maybe it would be less work and take less time to plan tasks for one person to do a few hours a week than it would for me to do them myself and it could actually work...

Food for thought. In the meantime, off to do more management "Stuff".


Barbara Muth said...

Hire someone to do most of the icky non-making-glass stuff.

Jodi said...

L.A. mug! Yay! (It's the little things some days). Enjoy time with your parents.

Bill Paley said...

Maybe it was the dogs. Did they bark at her all the time?

Or maybe it was David making goo-goo eyes at her?

ren said...

thank you! i have my parents visiting too! but we are spending time together as i have hidden away from work and only break out the computer late at night. it's ALMOST a vacation!