It’s Presidents Weekend and business is slow. Probably from the weather keeping people from reaching their second homes or vacationing up this way. January was a very good month, but not from sales in the gallery. We’ve diversified our income, because business off the road is so far off from what it was 10 years ago. (and the funny thing is……the road is the same distance from the gallery as it was ten years ago) It was our goal once to have 90% of our income coming from the gallery and we reached that, never thinking the economy was going to tank. So we now have income coming from wholesale, other galleries, shows, special orders and web hosting.
Sue was interviewed for the Lake Placid News this morning, just a local piece, but it will produce some free advertising. Sue is also going to be in an Alumni Show at the new Art Gallery at SUNY Potsdam. She will be displaying her rock teapots among some other work of hers.
These teapots are hand made from lumps of clay, she has a white and beige stoneware wedged together. By continually pinching the clay until she can close it into a complete form. Sue made five of these teapots with accompanying stoneware rocks for display purposes.
Sue created a color palette of clay for herself this winter. These are over 200 test tiles that she’ll use as a reference when she begins to work in colored clay very shortly.
Last year broke the mug record for amount of mugs Sue made. She is getting a head start this year on mugs for our gallery. She has several different businesses that buy her mugs of different sizes wholesale. The bowls I see in the photo I believe will be knitting bowls, you put the yarn in the bowl and thread it through the opening for when you are knitting, the skein will then stay in the bowl.
Shibori (Shiborizome) is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, or compressing it. Some of these methods are known in the West as tie-dye.
These are silk scarves I’ve been doing a Shibori technique on.
Using an old good size wine bottle I tape a cord to the bottle and begin winding it around the bottle capturing the silk as I do so.
After several times around the bottle you push the cords down into a compression bunch at the bottom.
Then apply your dyes. Wait till it dries to unwrap. The fabric is like an accordion when you take it off the bottle and these Shibori designs have to be ironed first before I heat set them with steam.