Mud Luv

This is a newsletter I sent out back in February 2020. And I’m just getting ‘round to putting it up here…

A few of my Pottery Valentines:


EWMA (Enterprising Women Making Art) a social enterprise for Atira Women’s Resource Centre. They are super supportive of women artists, and any money made at the gallery goes to support womens programs in the DTES. I am so proud to be among the artists in their gallery. I also did a rune bead making workshop there last year, and hope to do more. This place reminds me why I love this city!


EWMA is having a special market and valentine making workshop this Saturday February 8th at 800 East Hastings. I wish I could personally be there, but my work will be.


Vikings, Dragons and Fairies in Tinseltown. This shop is – as one should expect – way more than one expects! A perfect balance of silly fun and exquisite handmade. Anna has carved out a little magic queendom amid the neon and concrete. Each time I’ve come into bring her some new work of mine I feel some serious witchy love!


The Wylde Wood Collective – in new digs on 12th Street. Everything is handmade and local, magical. The artists here are all really supportive of each other. I love Melissa Mary Duncan, Tobianne and the rest of the merry band at the Wylde Wood.


Digging a little deeper:


This past year was my first full year doing the pottery thing more or less full time. In this time I’ve been learning a lot about what works and doesn’t work for me. And January has been a great month to cocoon and do some navel gazing. I’ve been seeing the wins in the things that didn’t work so great, and there have certainly been some wonderful and surprising win/wins too.


My big takeaway from my January soul searching is recognizing that I have built up a community of support. I’ve come to have a community of people who I really value – and who really value my work. Some of my biggest supporters have been a few shop and gallery owners. These are beautiful creative souls who curate a space that they hope is loved by everyone who comes into it. These galleries and shops are homes for them, the artists and craftspeople they have invited in, and for the kindred souls who come in to buy and share their own aesthetic and energy – and hope to take away a handmade piece to their own homes.
Another lesson learned; Craft Markets and Fairs may not be ‘all that and a bag of chips’. They are a huge gamble; one can be very profitable – but the next could be a big money loser. In a society that equates money with value, that is very hard on an artists ego. And when you add it all up at the end of the year, they may not have been as profitable as one thought. Usually my best takeaway from a market is having met a bunch of other really cool artists. Many of us work in isolation, so getting together with other creatives in other mediums is really valuable. Markets do have a place in my matrix moving forward, but I’m hopping to focus more on the shops and galleries.


Lesson 3: I have GOT to get better with my own online sales. My Etsy is a mess and my website is blah. Whiney artist baby says…”if I wanted to sit in front of a computer all day, I’d go back to my day job!!!”. OK, that’s outta my system now (not really). But please stay tuned to more electronic ‘radio gaga’…

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