The trickin' and treatin' begins on Monday, and that frees up the whole weekend to shop for treats of the crafty sort. So why not head down to Dupont Circle in the District, for the DC Craft Mafia's Monster Craft Mash. Held in the parking lot at St. Lukes Episcopal Church, over 40 talented crafters will be featured.
Something in me stirs a little when I think of the early 1970's. Avocado green kitchen appliances, shag carpeting, and a floaty basket chair. My mom had one of these when I was a kid. I have fond memories of reading by the window, nestled into my floaty chair.
This week, my adventurous husband has tapped into his inner Hemingway character. While he is spending 5 days traveling solo down the Chesapeake Bay, I will be relishing in my solitude, working in the studio (and to be quite honest, making a mess of the entire house). I go wild when he leaves for a few days. Any clear tabletop falls victim to my craftiness. The glitter comes out, ribbons come unwound, and I get super productive. This weekend it's just me and my music, coffee, and binders filled with inspiration. My plan includes creating some mini art pieces for the holiday show season. I'm bursting with ideas and excitement. I hope to have some new work to share soon. Stay tuned!
At the age of 105 (that's right!), designer and potter Eva Zeisel is still rockin' it. Zeisel began her career as a mid-century potter who designed everyday dishware for companies such as Hall, Sears, and Red Wing China to name just a few. These days, she keeps ever so busy collaborating with young companies like Klein Reid and Design Within Reach. This little teapot started it all. I bought this in my teens at the Shipshewana Fleamarket for a mere $14. Drew and I scored a place setting for 12 at Home Anthology and it became a wedding gift from my mom. Ebay has helped me with the rest of my collection.
I scored a pair of these Schmoo shakers from a little thrift shop in my hometown. While crazed and perfectly imperfect, they cost me 50 cents. A collector's dream! While her pottery is highly collectible, Crate and Barrel has re-issued her 1952 Classic Century line, making beautiful design available to the masses.
Back in July I set out to do my first trade show, Buyers Market of American Craft, with a few pals from Baltimore Craft. Held in Baltimore, it seemed foolish not to take the leap into more widespread wholesale opportunities. The past few weeks, I've been busy shipping out orders made during the market.