Day 2 of the summer Buyer's Market--held for the first time in Baltimore. I'll post at length tonight on set-up and the first two days of the show. However, for those waiting with bated or baited breath, just wanted to say that the show was good to *very* good for everyone I talked to yesterday, and it is so far WAY above expectations. I did about as much in sales yesterday as I did at ACRE in June for the whole show--and I saw current customers who didn't have a chance to order yesterday and who promised to come back today. We'll see how it all shakes out.
I'll also write about last night's amazing dinner at Vino Rosina and expound on the excellent Crotchless (hamhock/bacon/pepperoncini, and more) martini I had.
Monday, August 16, 2010
- Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?
- I've been down to London to visit the Queen.
- Pussy cat, pussy cat, what did you there?
- I frightened a little mouse, under her chair.
Blech. I'm almost too tired and out of practice to post, but I'll forge on.
At the beginning of next month I am participating in an exhibition at MODA. I received my instructor certification from the Ichiyo School of Ikebana this year and I will be presenting an arrangement the week of September 7 with the other members of my chapter. Our headmaster is coming in from Japan to do a workshop and open the exhibit. I mention this news here as I am creating my own container for my arrangement... and I still have to design it. Procrastination 'R Us. I begin to wonder if I require the anxiety and adrenaline of an immediate deadline in order to get anything done.
Other deadlines coming up Friday (or before) include a Tech Talk article for Profitable Glass on Jonathan Schmuck's roll-up workshop, pre-show orders for Baltimore, new work for Baltimore (including a half-lattice stand), the application for the Oakhurst Art Fair... I'm starting to have palpitations. My book is scheduled to be released in paperback this fall and I am in talks with the publisher about doing another one. Met a wonderful artist in Montana while I was there and he has been looking for someone to cast his work in glass--what a coincidence! I have been looking for work that isn't mine to cast in glass (my talents do not lie in drawing and sculpting at this time--I primarily want to dive into the techniques of casting).
J starts school this week and I still need to get her cello, put all the new patches on her girl scout vest, take her for her swim team tryout, take her to the dentist, do the back-to-school shopping, get her checked for lice (a mandatory pre-school ritual here in the south), and attend the opening assembly on Thursday. No wonder I woke up with a long anxiety attack at 4:00 this morning!
Better get working on the firing schedule and date night cd's (I have 15 slideshows to create and cd's to rip of the glassblowing date nights that happened while I was gone). It's going to be a long week (and I haven't even addressed the online changes coming up at the studio).