Not much! The most significant change is that we will no longer be offering a first free session; rather we will be charging for your first session and presenting you with a free card to use to come back and finish your piece at a later date. This is a change we made conciously so everyone has an opportunity to finish their work at no extra cost while at the same time we don't begin to accumulate abandoned pots and whatnot.
Make sure to check our website for pricing and important information regarding our programs, services, packages and memberships.
Also, I have relocated us (virtually) to reflect that we are in fact in Rogers Park, Chicago...not San Francisco...but wouldn't that be wild???
I ripped most of the pictures off of our website because I have SO MANY good ones from the past month that deserve a place on the site. Those will be up soon. In the mean time, it's a pretty dull aesthetic, but I'm getting there and everything you need to know is up and accurate ;)
I have also decided to remain OPEN for these first two weeks of January before we kick off our after-school program. We will be acquiring another wheel soon, as well as some new glaze materials thanks to our soon-to-be studio associate, Vincenza Lobello, a neighbor of ours! Look forward to Vincenza's monthly workshops--she is a glaze master to the extreme.
Pottery practice will resume as usual tomorrow evening, and open studio will continue at regular schedule as well, however WE WILL BE CLOSED JANUARY 13TH in preparation for our Soul Soup Fundraiser and food drive to benefit A Just Harvest Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen in Rogers Park.
Pottery practice and open studio schedules will thus far not be affected by the beginning of the AAY program.
Any questions about enrollments into the AAY program or anything--truly anything else!--feel free to call or email.
NOTE: I don't answer the phone...deliberately...not because I don't want to talk to you, but because the more sales calls you answer, the more valuable your phone number becomes, and the more sales calls you get...so PLEASE...leave a message ALWAYS <3
Cheers to the new year, everyone. Can't wait to see you locals in the studio one of these days <3
this has been a week of working for myself, making my own schedule, feeling genuinely productive, and developing-the-crap out of my business. after consulting the people closest to me, and also one "reliable" banker, i've decided that unless i take a chance on income stability, i can't go where i want to go with nodd and the kids that make it worth creating.
that's why (ironically) after august, i've decided to take a "sabbatical" from teaching preschool to focus on realizing my goal of running an open community art studio.
all i can do is work, stay busy, take care of myself, love, work, connect with people, love, work, love, and work some more.
and in between, i'll stop to take in waves and breezes on the beach to keep me lifted.
if you've never been to the sculpture garden at the bridgeport art center:go there. bring a cup of coffee and a book on a nice day. it's a beautiful space.
this festival was a smash hit for everyone involved (from my perspective, anyway). the bridgeport art center brought together some stellar artists and vendors--great quesadillas, coffee, and crepes, and i hear the beer was pretty swell.
i had a bunch of kids fiddling with clay at my table, made some great connections, sold and swapped, and even bought a few pieces from some wicked-talented folks.
and then, out of the blue and into the sunset, the day ended with friend-fantasticos, peg and tor, nachos, buddhas, and froyo.
thank you, today..
i've probably spent 10 hours in the past three days sitting on my computer, researching and developing my web presence. this sounds whiny, but the business i have been computering about happens in real life, in buckets and on sticky clay surfaces.
this is a brief, grumpy meditation because i'm stuck in a live-chat with an alleged human customer service agent on the interwebs. i feel a little like i'm being cartoonishly held hostage at this point.
i've been sitting for 3 hours now and frankly, my rump is getting numb.
the thing i can't stand
and yet can't abandon
in my pursuits to open a real-world,
art studio in a community
that i love, that could use it
is social media
i can't catch breath in
a world that doesn't exist
in a truly physical sense
because we're all aware
but won't say that
pics aren't photos anymore
and if they were the world
would be littered by them
like ash fallout from a nuke
i don't like working on
my personal work
from an invisible
third person perspective
i like that you like it,
and share it and all that,
and follow and tweet
subscribe and then snapchat
but i'd rather you be there.
and it irks me to pull myself
off of the moments i started
this sticky-web mess for
in the first place.
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