Odin had a blast spending time with his Grandparents in the forest. But, to be very honest, I’m not sure who had the most fun. Brenda and I enjoyed 2 weeks with him. This is the first time that he was able to complete pottery projects from making through glazing during a single visit. It was a cool experience for him to work on the pieces through an entire cycle. The pictures are compliments f Odin.
The rest of the two weeks? Well, let's just say, what happens at Grammies...stays at Grammies.
Everybody’s going virtual…or so it seems. XRX (Stitches) has two new products out…VOGUE is throwing their hat in the ring with several virtual dates…several indie groups have popped up and a couple of festivals have tried virtual also. I’m sure there will be winners and losers in the virtual show/festival game. Some of the experiences have not been all that satisfying…just a waste of energy…some have been a whole lot of fun. Customers, by and large, are becoming used to virtual fiber experiences, apparently, Amazon has trained us well in the online shopping experience. A degree of trust has to be developed when you can’t reach through the screen and touch the product. I’m sure you can probably understand the oddity of not being able to squish yarn, but even the potter is having a bit of a challenge. The glaze that we spent a year developing, and has become a significant feature of our work, can’t be felt on a computer. The glaze was designed to be gorgeous, but we made it so it feels silky and not waxy. When we’re doing face-to-face shows, customers routinely slide the pots back and forth in their hands as they enjoy the glaze. Can’t do that very well in a virtual setting…you’ll just have to trust us…the yarns still squish and out pots still feel great.
We’ve been finding it difficult to let customers know when we’ll be live at events...the playing field is moving so quickly and is just so fluid…on top of that, it is common to get just 30 minutes to show the products so timing is everything. A few events are allowing an hour per vendor, but a 30 minute window is common. Promoter’s planning cycles are running closer to event dates compared to planning for a face-to-face event. The face to face events are usually on the calendar a year out. But indie producers are especially quick on the planning cycle. But even with the latest Stitches event…cuttin’ it close for sure. One reasons that quick planning can happen is that there is a tendency to use existing infrastructure (read software services) and on small indie events there is a minimum amount of class travel involved. When face to face event do come back, I suspect that a virtual component will be associated with major events and virtual events may just be a new channel. I also suspect that there will be some pushback on the pricing of the face to face events, but just remember that travel and accommodation and hall rental fees…but the experience of face to face is different than that of virtual events (no? really?...duh!) so I think comparison is sort of silly…two different products.
We’re going to start sending our newsletter every Tuesday to help customers be in the know. If you’re not on the mailing list you can sign up on our CONTACT page. FaceBook and Instagram are crowded…but there is the newsletter with the latest (as of the Tuesday).
The Seconds and Discontinued Sale this past Saturday was a lot of fun. We used our new digital switch to control three cameras…and the new camerakid really held his own. Our Grandson, Odin, was “shooting” with camera #3…outside. He’s 8 (and a half!) and was just tickled pink to be part of the real deal and not just simple “baby stuff.” He was a great help…but you should have seen his face when Grammie helped him choose his “commission”…books and a toy to share with his younger brother…well sharing is the plan…we’ll see.
Thank you everyone who found us online and watched or participated in the sale. We had a number of requests to put the extra pieces into some sort of rebound sale. We didn’t get through all of the pots we had…so there’s lots of good stuff left. We’ll see.
Shenanigans of a Studio Potter will have Odin in the studio again this week. After his successes of last week, he’ll probably be working on his own work (glazing) and applying underglaze. Two weeks at Camp Grampy? It’s going really well on all fronts, so well that his teacher from school called him out as “Star Student” on Friday.
We're focusing a great deal of energy on this coming weekend. We're premiering a pair of workshops, EARTH - Hope and AIR - Centering, co-teaching with Katy Atchison and taking a look at bringing your inner creativity to the surface. The workshops are from our Elemental Creativity series and are filmed as webinars to be taken at any time, but the premier of BOTH workshops (one on Saturday and one on Sunday) is this coming weekend. I am planning on being exhausted when I hear "it's a wrap."
The pivot from physical shows and sales to the virtual equivalents is continuing. This last week found us adding a third camera into our set-up and saw the need for potentially a fourth. Our audio has tethered us to a single device and that needs to change…so this week we bring in some new tools to take our audio wireless and mobile…oh and a new lens for one cam to bring our workspace closer.
Shows are starting to announce their virtual components for 2021…and it looks like the scary times might continue for the first half of 2021. At least we’re a bit more prepared. Some shows have announced their intent to be virtual in 2021 and some continue to hold back that announcement. We’re hearing rumors of a Fall 2021 show intending to be virtual…FALL…seriously? Fall ?!
The Explorer we travel to shows in has become arachnid friendly. We have spider nests, not cobwebs…nests on the dashboard of the SUV which kind of indicates the amount of miles we are not accumulating…another year like this one and the rig will be deemed low mileage by virtue of sitting around. I’m just hoping that in the event that we can do a show or two, that I can remember how to put the booth together.
Ah...mountain life. ML has little do with with the blog I just like saying it.
This past week found us working towards the test of our new workshop series, Intentional Elemental Creativity. It's a dive into releasing one's own creativity in new ways and for many, with a medium that is new to them. it's done in a webinar format and will continue to be available after each of the premier workshop dates. It's been a great experience creating these workshops (there are four in the series) with our daughter, Katy Atchison, who is a certified Intentional Creativity Teacher...one of only about 300 worldwide. The premier of the first two workshops in the series, EARTH and AIR is October 24th and 25th. It's going to be a crazy cool experience. I'll be exhausted when we say goodbye on Sunday.
Grandson, Odin, is up for a week or two. Because we brought a fiber line to the house and workshops, Odin can now do his distance learning from here. As I type he's focused in front of the screen (he has books to read and workbooks to complete but it's screen time at the moment). He's really able to follow his own schedule on the computer, knows what he's suppose to do and does it...Taekwondo is in the afternoons via virtual Facebook. We hooked up a computer to the TV monitor and moved furniture out of the way. Now that he's breaking boards...better safe than sorry. Blue belt at the moment.
Wednesday is another edition of "Shenanigans of a Studio Potter"...with a special quest. Odin is here...so we're going to be working on some projects together. It's going to be a blast....Wednesday at 5:00 PM Pacific. LIVE on Facebook.
Aaaannnnddd...on SATURDAY...that would be the 17th, we're hosting out first Seconds and Discontinued Sale of both LickinFlames and the new Hobnob Collection. We've not done one of these sales before and had planned the event pre-Covid but now?...now it will be virtual on Facebook LIVE (via http://www.facebook.com/HighPrairiePottery)....or just search for "LickinFlames"...starts at 2...door prizes of course but some twists...we'll end at 3:00. Oh...and if you're signed up for our newsletter (through the contact page on the website)...you'll understand the crazy games we're playing on Saturday. Wicked fun (that's a Halloween term...wicked).
What did we do before Facebook LIVE and Zoom? Asking for a friend.