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Blog Profile / This Artists's Life

Filed Under:Arts / Ceramics
Posts on Regator:165
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Archived Since:January 19, 2009

Blog Post Archive

euro shock

cheese booty I've been home from France for for about a week and a half, and it's been a slow process of re-integrating back into my regular life. I went to El Presidente. I would rather pay 50 euro in overweight charges and bring it...Show More Summary

stoop bombs, bathing suits, carousels

Three things:1. dog shitFrance does not have any laws or cultural expectation that one should clean up after their pets. Therefore, I've become familiar with all types of dog shit: neatly piled logs made by large and polite dogs whoShow More Summary

take the time

Another week has gone by in the life of my France residency. I've been wrestling with all kinds of fear. Fear that time is going by too quickly and all the things I want to make will not get made while I am here. And then, fear that I seem to care more about getting down to the beach every day than I do about making stuff. Show More Summary

brief from vallauris

I've been in Vallauris for about 10 days now, and I've been finding my rhythm and establishing a pace. I'm the type of person that tries to integrate as much as I can into my surroundings. It's like adjusting my personal frequency, so I can tune in more acutely to what is going on around me. Show More Summary

the cheese incident

I arrived in Vallauris yesterday after spending 5 days in Paris with my pottery posse, Rae, Sara, and Christa. Paris was slightly overwhelming. I was reading The Greater Journey while I was there and that book made me realize I should have made a serious plan in advance. Show More Summary

travel jitters

Whenever I'm getting ready to travel, I have to contend with the fact that there is a part of me that hates to travel. Even before the most exciting trips, like the one I'm about to go on, I think that it wouldn't be so bad if the whole thing got cancelled, thereby relieving me of the burden of exiting my familiar and cozy bubble. Show More Summary

je voudrais un verre de vin.

There's a lot going on with me right now. Actually, there's only one thing going on, which is I'm getting ready to leave for France on May 17 for a 5 week residency. Plus, 5 days in Paris. There are many tangential activities associated with my trip that makes it count as four or five things. Show More Summary

who's the boss?

I received this seemingly innocuous email this week:Hello Whitney,Please provide a tracking number for PO 666.Currently the ETA on this PO is 4/10, which means it would had to have shipped on Tuesday to arrive in time. We need to know...Show More Summary

cake stand and I are breaking up

I have a boyfriend, and his name is Cake Stand. We've been together a long time. I realized something recently when I walked into my studio and found all of the cake stands I made earlier in the week with large cracks across the surface of the plate: Cake Stand and I have an unhealthy, co-dependent relationship. Show More Summary

writing a newsletter that doesn't suck

While I've been ignoring my own blog, I have been doing lots of other writing, including this guest post for Flashissue about writing a newsletter that doesn't suck. Since I was writing the post for another blog, and not my own, I had to come up with a title that didn't include "suck" and just kind of clean up the language in general. Show More Summary

hole in my head, bubbles in my brain

I had a tooth pulled last week to make way for an implant. I was told the Chinese regard losing a tooth as an event that signals change in your life. Since I'm not Chinese, I regard it as an expensive pain in the ass. Even so it does seem as though change is afoot. Show More Summary

my name is whitney and I'm a {recovering} workaholic

I'm a recovering workaholic. I used to work a minimum of 10 hours a day plus weekends. 10 hours a day probably doesn't sound like much to the workaholics who work 18 hour days, but I am a very lazy person, so for me a 10 hour work day is crazy. Show More Summary

dirty valentine money

Sometimes I wonder if just because I can sell something, if that means it's worth making. I ran smack into this recently as I pondered Valentine's Day. Every year I think about scraping off some of that Valentine market, because it's a huge market. Show More Summary

land of lost pottery

January is a great time to go through all the stuff you accumulated throughout the year and start throwing it out. At home, I've been going through closets, my office, the kitchen pantry. Throwing stuff out, organizing stuff, and giving stuff away. Show More Summary

cheap and easy never is

Here's some marketing advice for you, the artist who makes things to sell: dream up an item that is inexpensive and easy to make, then sit back and watch as the money rolls in.The high-profit-margin-easy-to-make item is the holy grail of anyone who makes things, whether you do it for a living or for extra income. Show More Summary

holiday overdose

You learn new things all the time, and recently I learned that Robitussin is a recreational drug for people who can't get their hands on real drugs. I woke up two days before the Holiday Renegade Fair with an itch in my throat and an ache around my glands. Show More Summary


I thought you guys would like to see the backsplash tile project, which came out of the kiln this morning: I bisqued it over a week ago, and before I bisqued it, it sat on my shelf for quite a while. It's a big project, and sometimes when I'm not sure how things are going to turn out, I start dragging my feet on the completion end. Show More Summary

one last rant for the year

I think I just passed the Christmas hump. Yesterday, Nikki and I shipped out 30 boxes of work to customers, literally all over the world. I think that was the biggest shipment of stuff I've ever done in one day. It was very satisfying, and I was home by 5:30. Show More Summary

dispatch from holidaylandia

The holiday season is like entering a different country. A country where your phone doesn't work because you're too busy to take calls and so are all of your friends, who are also buried under piles of orders. The food is terrible, and the natives are anxious, if not downright hostile. Show More Summary

oh yeah, it's black friday

First thing this morning my sister, who is visiting from Los Angeles for the holiday, read the reports of squashings, pepper sprayings, and shootings at Wal-Marts and malls across the country as people shopped for black friday. I must say, she had an edge of glee to her voice as she read the various incidents aloud to me. Show More Summary

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