We just finished up our last show of the season, and thankfully it was a local one. This year the SCAF moved from downtown Cocoa Beach to Port Canaveral, about 7 miles up the road. We were apprehensive about the change of venue- the show had been held in it's previous location for 50 years. So we set up on Friday amid a lot of nervous chatter among our peers- everyone was wondering how the weekend would work out.
We opened to a beautiful saturday morning. The weather just kept getting nicer, and the place just started filling up. I was surprised at the amount of traffic, a huge amount of people were there checking out our work. Cars circling the parking lot. Our sales usually start slow, but then we sold some earrings. Then a couple I met the weekend before at Art Works bought the piece from me they had spotted at the show in Eau Gallie. We were happy with our day, and we went home with our artist guests and relaxed for the evening.
Sunday started early and with a bang. Art collectors filled up the aisles! We met people who had seen our work earlier in the year, and new folks who were meeting us for the first time. We tripled our Saturday sales and went home with a smile. The patrons loved the new venue, and we heaved a sigh of relief. Thanks SCAF!
Now we're back in the studio, working on some custom christmas orders, and designing new work. It's great to be at home for the month without any show deadlines, playing in the studio and enjoying our beautiful beach. Get in touch with us if you need a holiday gift, and we look forward to seeing you at an art show soon!
Earlier this year, I became involved in a charitable cause called A Hundred for One. It is a project started by a group of metalsmiths that met in a Facebook group to discuss the craft. Peter D'Enbeau, a jeweler from Ohio, suggested that the group make a collective chain to be auctioned off, and donate the proceeds to the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+). The goal was to get to 100 links, but the response was so overwhelming that almost 200 links were donated by the time the deadline passed! The chain is complete, and now the significant task of selling the chain is upon us. Honestly it's a bit overwhelming. Displaying the chin is no small feat- it is a 33 foot long work of art! Then there is the matter of finding a buyer- and where to find them. Even so, all of the contributors are behind the project, and we know that in time we will figure out how to get our cash donation to CERF+. Undertakings like this do not happen quickly!
Why am I telling you all of this? I hope that you will go to A Hundred for One on Facebook, if that's your thing, and "like" the page. Please visit the website as well- the whole story of the chain is beautifully told there. As well, please visit the CERF+ website to learn all about the great work that they do for craftspeople in need, due to illness, disaster, or whatever befalls them.
Lastly, I would love to hear if you have any ideas of how to turn our ambition into a reality- I love to brainstorm, and you all are invited to chime in! We're trying to think of a great venue to show it, or to find a collector of craft that would love to have the piece. All ideas are good ideas, because they will eventually lead to a discussion that will bring us to a solution. Let's talk- and thanks in advance!
About 5 years ago (!) I made my first entry to this blog. At the time "keeping up with a blog" seemed overwhelming, and I felt at a loss for words. Since then, a lot has changed. Rick and I moved from the coast of South Carolina to the Atlantic Coast of FL, and our studio is at home now, which we love. I'm usually up and in this space first thing in the morning, full of ideas, and late in the evening, planning the next day. I have also been blogging a lot on Facebook, so I decided to carry it over to here for those that are not. Lots of photos to come- stay tuned!
I like the word "cephalopod". And it seems I've been dreaming of them lately- I'm back in the studio, and all of my forgings are taking on these mysterious forms- tentacles and jellyfish, creatures of the deep.
Every couple of weeks I head to my treehouse- my little spot in my little studio, under the big oak- and start a new batch of work. I don't draw the pieces, I simply choose some cool sea shells, and a few stones I like with them... and then I usually leave and goof off for the rest of the day. And I let what I saw incubate until the next day.
Well, now I'm into the thick of it- I've been hammering out loads of silver wire into all kinds of fantastic swirls and undulating waves. Today they will start coming together with the other elements I've chosen. I can't wait to see what they'll become. I'll post photos soon.