Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Come Brainstorm with Me!

1-on-1 Artist Business Brainstorms

Artist Business Brainstorm Sessions are one-on-one brainstorming opportunities for artist entrepreneurs to meet with professionals in the business field who offer their time to brainstorm and assist with arts business support. It is a partnership between the River Arts District Business Association and the Asheville Area Arts Council. The sessions are free, or by donation to the Arts Council.

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On Friday, April 19, join Lori Theriault (that's me!), potter at Crazy Green Studios & The Village Potters, for "Social Media for Marketing: the Facebook Edition". Here's a little more about the session:

Social Media for Marketing: the Facebook Edition. Using Facebook to market your business can be highly effective and easier than you think. Learn more about creating a Page, networking and cross-promotion, growing an audience, and furthering your brand. The focus will be on Facebook, but may also touch on other social media outlets and how to organize and manage them together.

Sign up for your 30-minute session HERE.

More info about the Business Brainstorm Sessions: One-on-one brainstorm sessions will be held between 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on specific Fridays at the Asheville Area Arts Council (346 Depot Street, Asheville, NC 28801) in Pink Dog Creative in the River Arts District. Inclement Weather: if Asheville City school is cancelled, the brainstorm sessions for that day are cancelled.  Please check your email the morning of your session for any updates.

The sessions are free or by donation. Any donations will be given to the Asheville Area Arts Council. If you sign up for a session and skip it without 48 hours notice, you will not be permitted to sign up for future sessions.

DATE: 4/19/2013 (Fri.)

TIME:  9:00am - 11:00am (sign up for a 30-minute session)

LOCATION: Asheville Area Arts Council

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

teach to learn

Teaching, and giving demos, are great ways to explore and re-visit forms that may not get much attention when in the flurry of filling orders.

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I used to make sake sets on a regular basis and just might start again, AND they are great for demonstrating the fun of throwing off the mound.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Taking a New Look

... at glazes I've been working with for years. They've been great for wax resist designs, but what about just the glazes? I had explored it several years ago when I made service ware for Roots Cafe. Their food was always delicious, fresh, local, seasonal - everything you want from a local cafe, and it looked spectacular in my bowls. The Cafe had to close as a growing pain of Roots Foods, which I understand and support, but oh how I still miss that Breakfast Salad! I lost some images a few hard drive crashes ago, so I won't torment you with pictures of mouth-watering foods from that time that are no longer available. Here are some quick shots of those glaze combinations, slightly updated in recipe and on a new clay out of the last kiln:

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yes, homemade tastes better on handmade. :)
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In the course of the last year or so of testing and adjusting my glazes with clay bodies and the new kiln, it's been a joy to rediscover the depths of the glazes I've been looking at for several years. I think it's finding that great fit of glaze and clay body that has me revisiting looks that worked so well in the past, if for no other reason than to see that they look even better now! So a new round of testing, with some motives for what I'll do with this line, but more on that another time. 

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I still love my trees and they're looking great on the new clay, but I'm also enjoying thinking about new forms and anticipating each firing with glee. yes, glee. 

Homemade Guest Series

Beginning in April, we will be featuring regular guest posts from Asheville-area chefs and avid cooks. They will be sharing a little of their story, along with a delicious 'homemade' recipe that will be prepared and/or plated up on/in some beautiful handmade pottery. 

Our guests will be using seasonal, local ingredients, so as we follow the series through Spring and Summer, you'll get a thorough taste of the local bounty.

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Here's another teaser of sorts - another look at one of the serving bowls in my hasty and poorly taken image in the last post. It looks a bit better now, but just wait until you see what one of our guest bloggers puts inside - stay tuned!!

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Spring Teaser...

A quick snap of some of the new test pieces out of the last kiln. A bad photo that hopefully speaks to my excitement about soon putting good, homemade foods in each. What would you put in them? Stay tuned, and soon you'll see all sorts of inspired dishes from very talented chefs and cooks. Guest Chef Series begins in April!