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Bring It On!

Gerry and I celebrated the New Year of 2016 in Myrtle Beach this year. I can't visit my mom the week of Christmas and keep my sanity, but I seem to do ok with New Year's, so that's what we do.This was the first time in 22 years that Gerry and I have been to MB together without Wesley. Show More Summary

Dream it, Plan it, Bless it with Sweat

As someone once said, a goal without a plan is just a wish. Further to that, a plan not followed by work is nothing at all; might as well be mouse farts. I am a fine goal-setter, and an even better planner, but sometimes I fall down when it comes to doing the work. Show More Summary

One More New Thing in The New Year

I really, really need a new laptop, preferably before but possibly shortly after I put my fist through this one. I really can't complain - which doesn't stop me, not at all - because this machine was several years old when I bought it in 2011. Show More Summary

What a wonderful life.....

Ahhh Christmas. This year was a good one. I would prefer to just have it pass by unnoticed. Maybe if it could only be less rushed, less hectic, less exhausting. But it is what it is. I accepted it's coming and made the best of it. Having...Show More Summary

Last day to complete the North Carolina Pottery Center Survey of NC Potters/Ceramic Artists

last monthArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Today is the last day to complete the NC Pottery Center's online survey of North Carolina potters and ceramic artists. Do it! More information here: http://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2015/12/north-carolina-pottery-center-survey-of.html

the way of the half-ass

I've mentioned before that I am a recovering perfectionist. One of the ideas that I've embraced since going into recovery is the idea of half-assing it. The mantra that goes with half-assing it is: "Half-ass is better than no ass". The idea first came to me around how I exercise. Show More Summary

Make Anything

When I was an undergrad, I frequently used to run into this problem: when I really should be studying for my art history test, I really wanted to be reading my anthropology homework. Neither one was a waste of time, but one - the one with the imminent exam - was clearly the better use of my time. Show More Summary

Minor Reflections

Y'all know I love the week between Christmas and New Year's. It feel like a time out of time, a chance to catch your breath. I have taken to calling it the Week of Reflection, and I use it to consider the events of the past year, and how I hope the New Year will be different, or the same.This year, though, I don't have a lot to reflect about. Show More Summary

Choose to stand in the wet moss and breathe

As you may know from reading this blog over the past years, Christmas and I do not get along that well. It occurred to me last year, after watching a Belk Department Store ad just why I have a problem with this holiday.The doorbell rings. Show More Summary

My gifts this year....

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Tracey Broome

This year my favorite gifts didn't come from a store. They were not hand made crafts. These were gifts that last. Gifts from two of the most important women in my life. Joyce, my mother in law, and Wesley, my daughter. It has been so great having Wesley home. Show More Summary

One Hope, One Plan, One Crazy Idea

In the New Year, I hope I can get back to blogging more again.In the New Year, I plan to make a schedule for my firing cycles, to even out my inventory, so I am not caught with no pots when opportunities arise.And the crazy idea? Well...Remember...Show More Summary

Laughter and Tears

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Tracey Broome

There has been much joy in the Broome house this past week with our girl child back home. Lots of laughter and being silly. Gerry and I made the now obligatory trip to Walmart yesterday. Dear God, they built this thing less than a mile from our house. Show More Summary

New York Times: handmade ceramics are white hot

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

In case you missed it: the New York Times says handcrafted ceramics are "white hot." Excerpt:"Robert Sullivan, the contributing editor at Vogue who wrote the magazine’s ceramics article, said that ceramics are popular now because they...Show More Summary

All is well, safely rest.......

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Tracey Broome

Day is done, gone the sun,From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Fading light, dims the sight,And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night. Thanks and praise, for our days,'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, neath the sky;As we go, this we know, God is nigh.... Show More Summary

So Hot Right Now

Extra, extra, read all about it! Handmade ceramics are all the rage, it says so right here in the New York Times! Right up there with artisanal chocolates and, I dunno, handcrafted gin, I guess. Here's my favorite part: Julie Carlson, editor in chief of the design website Remodelista, has chronicled the rise... Show More Summary

Toe River Arts Council Annual Meeting tonight in Spruce PIne

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

The Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) will hold its Annual Meeting at 5:30 pm today at Spruce Pine TRAC (upstairs in the Arts Resource Center). Here's the announcement from the WTOE website:The TRAC Annual Meeting and Potluck dinner will...Show More Summary

Here she comes......

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Tracey Broome

Its been four months now since we have seen Wesley. The longest time we have been apart in 22 years. It has seemed a lifetime! Her flight gets in at 10pm tonight. I told her I would be in baggage claim and to look for the person with the biggest smile on their face. Show More Summary

Peter Pugger Mfg. Pugger and Mixer for Sale in South Asheville

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

From Carmen Arbeeny: Asking $2,700.00VPM 20 Pugger-Mixer110 Volts, 1phase with rolling standPurchased August 2001 - Used 3 times with stoneware -( worked like a dream....stopped working with clay thereafter for medical reasons)Purchase...Show More Summary

A call for artists to serve in Asheville

2 months agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Asheville Citizen-Times writer Emily Patrick continues her focus on artists and the arts in Asheville, this time writing about opportunities for artists to serve on Asheville government boards and commissions, and how civic participation like that can influence the future and growth of the city. Show More Summary

A Brief Stroll Down the Road Not Taken

I am sometimes asked what I would have been, if I hadn't been an artist. The answer changes: sometimes I think I would have made a fine dog trainer (behaviorist, please) or bartender or engineer - I like to solve problems. Most often, though, I think if I hadn't been a potter, I would have been a window dresser. Show More Summary

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