Me outside of Lift on Friday :)
This past weekend was a blast and really made the last month of hard work feel truly worth it! The opening for my show Drift and Flow was on Friday as part of Richmond's First Fridays events at Lift Coffee Shop, and the place was surprisingly full! I am so grateful for all the kind and supportive people I know that came out to share my joy in having my first solo art show. There will be many more to come soon.
The show was inspired by a set of egg cups that I was commissioned to make (I call them Tiny Dancers), and includes functional and sculptural pottery with a sea-like aesthetic. The entire show was put together in under a month. How this happened: One day I was having breakfast at Lift and Joe convinced me to ask them how I might put some work up in their cafe. I was extremely nervous to ask questions but with more prodding I got up the nerve, and one of the ladies there told me that they were in need of a new show in just three and a half weeks. I said I would love to take on the February show. Of course three and half weeks is enough time to design pottery, make pottery, fire pottery, glaze pottery, fire pottery, photograph pottery, make advertisements, make programs, and figure out shelving for drywall walls that have no studs!
Well, it somehow happened, and was a great success.
A number of pieces were sold and others were commissioned!
I really would not have been able to do this if I didn't have my handy new, self appointed Brand Manager Joe Charles, who helped me get the ball rolling and assumed his new role brilliantly. (Also many thanks to many others!)
It was also wonderful having my camp friend Becca visit for the weekend to come to my show, watch my high schoolers act in one act skits, eat Sweet Frog, and make the Super Bowl more exciting! What a great weekend!