It’s hard to believe that after months of preparation, the holiday season is well underway….no matter how much you prepare, there are always some pleasant surprises, experiments, and ah-hah moments along the way. The pleasant surprise was having the opportunity to host my extended family Thanksgiving dinner (a first, on my part)….and the ah hah moment came as I was hand cutting chickadees and cardinals out of clay, and realized there must be an online cookie cutter source to make this step easier and smoother. The source turned out to be a small family business in Maine creating copper cookie cutters…Voila! The experiment was changing my craft show table arrangement and limiting the items sold to one color combination–vintage lace or leaf impression, cobalt wash, and clear glaze. The table display was then “visually calmer” and easier for the eye to see the product and the customer to choose an item. Smart experiment.
Which brings me to inviting one and all to the Holiday Open House this Sunday fro 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in my garage at 26 Simmons St., off lower Thames, in Newport. Along with the vintage lace impressed pottery, all my colorful wares that have been sitting and waiting patiently on the shelves will be available–sgrafitto, pit fire, flowers, etc. Many are one of a kind items that I experimented and had fun with. Stop by and say hello and enjoy a cup of tea…
As usual, Visa, MC, AmExpress accepted thanks to the Square reader, as well as checks or pinot noir….if you can’t make it Sunday and would still like to come by, call or email to make other arrangements to stop by. Tis the season to be grateful, and I thank you, in advance, for your support. Maggie
Stringing/embellishing ornaments is a daily activity as I get ready for the Unique Boutique Artisan Fair this weekend (November 12 and 13) at the Easton’s Beach Rotunda in Newport. Also on my table will be my varied assortment of vintage lace impressed mini bowls, trays, and assorted shapes (including the quahog) I have enjoyed making spoon holders with sunflower leaves from my garden and fern impressed trinket dishes and trays from local ferns.
Next week my wares will be transported to South County Art Association in Kingston for their 46th Annual Holiday Show from November 25 to December 18…. More than 50 member potters and crafts people have their crafts artfully displayed for holiday shopping.
Thanksgiving week will be a busy one as I am hosting my extended family Thanksgiving dinner for the first time ever in Newport! Grateful for the help of family (both daughters!) and delighted to take a turn; therefore, I am not actively taking part in any fairs on Friday and Saturday of that weekend…however, the week ends on Sunday with a table of Fat Robin Pottery at the Hibernian Pop up sale at the Hibernian Hall on Wellington Ave in Newport. The following week, Friday, December 2, I will have a table at the Newport Auxiliary Fair in the atrium at Newport Hospital; the week ends with a Fat Robin Pottery open house on Sunday….. phew…perhaps then I’ll give my kiln a chance to cool!
Thank you in advance for supporting any local artisan or craftsperson and shopping “small” and local; there are many chances to do so in Newport on Thanksgiving weekend, including the Newport Art Museum ‘s Faculty and Student Arts and Crafts Sale, the Potters of Newport County Sale at the Elks, and the Pop Up Sale at the Hibernian on Sunday. May you have a happy and memorable holiday season! Hopefully Fat Robin Pottery can help you with any of your holiday gift giving needs! Looking forward to seeing new faces, happy regular customers, and old friends at my tables this season!