Super funny ! total genius.

go watch this video. . . Captain Ceramics 

The best time of year

porcelain/found driftwood handmade spoons/linda fahey

porcelain/found driftwood spreaders/knives-linda fahey

Cheese/bread/app board w/porcelain driftwood spreader - linda fahey
New work - linda fahey

I love Fall !  It's always been my favourite time of year for many reasons.  One of them is that it's truly scarf&beanie season!  yay.  I have a thing for a smart scarf&beanie.  The waves are back, the ocean is awake and I like having a bit of weather.  And I can't forget pomegranates - really, the number one reason I love the Fall.  I'm a happy go lucky glutton.

Summer seemed to go on  f o r e v e r  which would seem like a good idea, but there was always this feeling of wanting to get somewhere fast - like when you were a kid and on a long drive would ask your parents, "are we there yet?" Well, we are here and it's already clear it's going to be action packed.

Here's what's on tap:

Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival
November 3&4
At the Historic Cocoanut Grove, Santa Cruz

Artisan Day at the Mercantile/Cavallo Point
December 1,
Cavallo Point Resort & Spa 

Madrigalli Market Artisan Event
Nov 30 & Dec 1st
Historic Fire house on Pedro Point
Pacifica, Ca

Other news: making a HUGE order of driftwood spoons and additional pieces for delivery early 2013.
I got a nice new big kiln.  I need to hire an undergrad/intern, very soon, and I need to get to the beach and find some wood!

So, yeah, hello Fall, we are here, and it's time to get my ass in gear !

Have I reminded you lately; go check out the gals at MudColony !  

Ceramics Annual of America 2012, San Francisco

This week/weekend, beginning with the Opening Reception, Thursday Evening is the Ceramics Annual of America at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason in San Francisco.

Ceramics Annual of America Website  for info on artists, tickets, show times, location and parking.

If you haven't had the chance to attend this show, but live in the Bay Area, or happen to be visiting, this show is a must see.   The CAA exhibition is presented by the California Ceramics Cooperative, a dedicated, grass roots organization formed by artists educators and curators who share a desire to invest in the future of the ceramic field by honoring recent history and focusing attention on the work of contemporary artists.   Showcasing many of the top contemporary ceramic artists as well as focusing attention on emerging artists.  

I was there today helping set up Tiffany's show, so got a sneak peek.  Here are just a few shots I took in a hurry today.  I won't be able to attend because I am setting up table at Mill Valley.  

Tiffany Schmierer
Jeff Downing
Jane McDonald
Jane McDonald
Lisa Clague
Shalene Valenzuela
Lisa Clague
Susannah Israel
Michelle Gregor
Esther Shimazo 

photos; Linda Fahey

growing pains

Grow, grow, grow.  move, change or die.  One thing that has become a daily reality check, sometimes a slap in the face is change is constant and seriously, it's on the move.  In the daily routine of the average  "day job" office-y setting the office/cube is a buffer from the full onslaught of change.  I suppose it's one the ways to get people to sit down and focus on the mundane day to day practices that is the corporate landscape.

There is definitely no lack of change happening in my corner of the world.  It's been a roller coaster all year and it is about to get all loopty-loop.   Tighten your seatbelt, get your barf bag in hand and keep your eyes open.

The illusive quest for balance becomes even more important under unusual circumstances, but often it's just about knuckling down and being flexible.

I have a large (for me) order I will be taking on for the last quarter of the year, in addition to three events I have already committed myself.  I will have to hire some studio helpers.  WT hec?  Did I miss something?  I've been thinking a lot about how and where they can help in the most efficient way.  I am hoping to get some ceramic undergrads are pretty much turn-key.  I have so many questions about being a "manager" of my own work - I'm still trying to figure out my own stuff, let alone direct someone around what I haven't figured out yet ;-).  For starters, how to effectively utilise their time in an efficient way so we both get the most out of that time worked.  And that being successful is all about managing that time, having a handle on the process, aaaccckkk...the planning necessary, the short turn around for delivery - its a steep learning curve.

I have to get my business brand, labelling, packaging super dialed in.  ugh, and I know there are things I don't know that I don't know and will not forget to remember ;-)

advice welcome and encouraged about pitfalls, little known facts, pearls of wisdom, the invaluable information hidden between the obvious knowns. . .

The pics - just a pitcher I really like.  new tea strainers (I am a tea freak) and spoons.  The spoon factory is going to be running full steam!