This last week I have been busy preparing for this weekend's encore presentation of the Open Studios Art Tour in Santa Cruz. Last weekend was a blast, with tons of people coming by (over 130 one day and over 140 the next!), great weather, and even my birthday celebration squished in between everything.
The weather was really to die-for. We had an indian summer weekend, with gorgeous blue sky every day and no fog at all. The temperature was perfect - not at all like last year when we were shivering under the heater one of the days. Everyone (including me!) seemed to be enjoying the last gasps of summer, and setting up outside in the bright morning sun was lots of fun.
All my helpers last weekend worked hard, not only helping with my customers once they came by, but also in helping set up in the morning and then clean up in the evening. We even managed to get a leaf blower from a neighbor to clear out the garden right before people showed up each day. I could not have done it without their help, so a huge THANK YOU to Sally, Vicky, and Deana (and to my husband, too, of course!). In fact, I got a lot of compliments on how nice the garden looks... I told my husband I *really* need to be in Open Studios each year just so the garden gets a nice tidy-up for the winter. :)
My visitors loved my new PMC creations and seeing the "raw" material and hearing about my 13 steps of creating . Luckily I had a nice slideshow running that showed everything from how I roll out the clay, shape it, fire it and so forth so that those who were interested could get a nice demonstration . I hope I will find more time to demonstrate this weekend as I love showing off how things are made.
The new PMC creations included both silver and bronze, and I was surprised how many people werebuying the bronze work. I think the pieces are equally beautiful, but the bronze is a bit cheaper since the product costs a lot less... maybe
during these hard times everyone is trying to save a bit of money, which is fine by me as long as they love the pieces they wear.
Come by and visit me if you can this weekend! I can't promise the perfect weather (although I have my fingers crossed) but I love having people stop in -- the more the merrier.