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Blog Profile / This Artists's Life

Filed Under:Arts / Ceramics
Posts on Regator:154
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Archived Since:January 19, 2009

Blog Post Archive

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

cute attack

I've been making some really cute stuff lately. It all started with this dessert show I'm in with my pottery gals in December. A dessert themed ceramic show! Is there any person who does not want to check that out? So, I thought about it a bit, because there was no way I was going to get lazy on this one. Show More Summary

christmas hurricane

The christmas season is kind of like the weather. Say, a hurricane. You know the hurricane is coming, but until the hurricane actually arrives, you're just waiting under clear skies with your windows all boarded up and a stash of bottled water. Show More Summary

custom order

Many ceramic artists I know hate to take custom orders, won't even take them. There is the hassle of making something that you have maybe not made before, meeting the customer's expectations on an item that they have not seen before, getting stuck with extra custom work if the first one you make doesn't come out, and the stress of all of the above. Show More Summary

just do

I have a lot of bad habits. Some of them make my life more fun, others make my life more difficult. One I'm starting to notice is my habit to wake up in the morning, and while still laying in bed, start thinking about all the stuff I need to do that day. Show More Summary

social media

When I'm trying to meditate, or breathe my way through yoga, or focus on The Now, I often find myself drifting into a fantasy of being interviewed by Vanity Fair, Ira Glass, Teri Gross, or even Playboy. You know those quick little QShow More Summary


Yesterday as I was on my way to my local box manufacturer to pick up an order of shipping boxes, crawling along in freeway traffic trying to edge around an accident that turned the road into a parking lot, I fondly recalled the days where I hardly left the studio except to go home and sleep. Show More Summary

endless summer

Last week, I got into an accident on my bicycle, resulting in a neck injury that has kept me from doing any studio work. For those of you that like accident details, I was doored, which in bicycling parlance means someone suddenly opened their car door in front of me. Show More Summary

I made $$$$'s making pottery, you can too!

If you've read this blog for a while, you all know I've mastered the art of the scathing email. The problem with the perfect scathing email is that the person who you are targeting is usually something of an innocent bystander, unaware...Show More Summary

perfection is torture

Lately I've been noticing how much I clench my jaw. I'm not sure that this is a new habit, or something I've always done, but every time I catch myself doing it, I unclench and try to loosen up my face. Now that I'm 40 I'm starting to worry about losing my youthful freshness and I don't want to be one of those people with a permanent scowl. Show More Summary

no resolution

I've been an undisciplined meditator for about 4 years now. Every other week or so, I meditate with group at Shambala Meditation Center in Berkeley, and there is always a reading on Buddhist practice that we discuss after the 45 minute meditation. Show More Summary

anxiety is futile

This weekend I will be selling my work at Sunset Magazine's headquarters in Menlo Park for their annual "Sunset Celebration Weekend". They are doing a special thing with Etsy and invited myself and a few other Etsy sellers to show their work, as well as giving us a free booth, which is quite generous. Show More Summary

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