Two warm and sunny days drew a record crowd in quaint Little Italy this past weekend, in celebration of the local art scene. Artist booths were spread out in a 5x6 blocks area, with 4 music stages and plenty of art activities for kids at Amici Park. Food booths got heavy competition from the local restaurants and eateries. The gelatos at Pappalecco are to die for ! Try the pappalecco flavor (dark chocolate with ground almond).
I was sharing a huge booth with 8 other potters from Clay Artists of San Diego. Great location on Date street, between Columbia and State. Booth opened on both sides of the street, allowing a nice breeze to cool us off all day. Darn breeze did play evil tricks on us, turning into short gusts at times. I lost a piece, and I wasn't the only one. A small price to pay for the amazing experience of showing my work and talking to people about it.
The day started kind of slow for me then sales slowly built up, what a relief ! Talking to people, explaining the techniques, showing off pieces in the sun definitely helped the sales. It was nice to see friends and acquaintances come by. Friends Eric and Ryan parted with one of my centerpieces, a big beautiful Raku bowl which I love. It is good to know it is in good hands. My one fan came by as well, with her husband. I unerringly run into her at most of my shows and she always makes a point of acquiring a new piece. Her advice, every time: raise your prices, your work is underpriced. My first collector, I suppose ! I heard the same advice from a good man who bought my first ever Raku piece (darn, I should have kept it !). There may be some truth to it. Better grab my work now :)
I had a mix of Raku, naked Raku, and porcelain pieces on display. Pretty much heavy on the decorative. Interestingly people this time were mostly into the functional. A good portion of my Raku pieces followed me back home, contrary to my previous shows. A good reason to be versatile and offer a range of ceramic work.
In the end lots of compliments to warm my heart. Enjoy the pictures.
|Jackson setting up|
|Randy, Jackson, and Jason|
|Merle and Jason|
|Anne, Jason, and Lisa|
|Elena by her display|
|Irina setting up|
|Sugar and Creamer set by Jackson|
|A sea of tumblers by Jason|
|Teapot by Elena|
|Work by Merle|
|Peacock collection by Pierre|
|Teapot from Vaughan's booth |
|Crystalline glazes by Louise|