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Yes, dear readers, a photo of me doing some work! I have been busily creating lots and lots of neighbourhood mugs for some of favourite  neighbours in the City of Guelph. Currently I have The Ward, Exhibition Park, old St. George’s covered. I am working on some of the other older ‘hoods too. Officially, we have now entered ‘the mad season’ of getting prepared for that date at the end of December that all the big shops start promoting ad nauseam!!!

I have also decided to have another online retail location over at http://www.bunnysafaripottery.com to help the Canadian collectors of my work. Why? The US dollar is so expensive that I feel the pain of trying to buy something from the US (for me that would be purchasing film…..). This way, all my prices are in Canadian $$ for items in the shop.

Stay tuned for some more fun photos and I will get back to making more pots!!

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Ross

The Really Big Boss is this man, Ross Davidson-Pilon. He is the boss of Studio 404 , a commercial photography studio located in Guelph. Ross was kind enough to offer his gorgeous studio space for a bunch of creative types to hold a show and sale. He spied my camera when I was photographing Frances. Ross has been a successful commercial photographer for over 30 years. The last eleven years he has been exclusively digital. BUT he has an AMAZING collection of vintage cameras in his office that had me drooling. He even has the camera from a U2 bomber. I can’t believe that I haven’t met Ross before in Guelph, but I have spied him driving around on his vintage motorcycle (I snapped a shot of it with my Holga a few years ago). I am glad that Ross allowed a bunch of us to sell our wares out of his space.

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Yes. YES! I know. Where have I been? Back in the clay studio, making, making, making more pots. It took a bit longer than anticipated to finish, but the studio upgrade is now finished. Sturdy new floor (perfect for dancing), new smaller efficient wood burning stove (straight from an Ontario farmhouse kitchen), new paint, new shelves and lots of creative energy! I will be ready to razzle and dazzle you with lots of new ceramic delights. Mugs away!

Please come and enjoy this little show that I have curated for the past 8 years. The setting is in my friend’s lovely photography studio. This show originally started as a house party with lots of creative makers. After a few years, we all got tired of moving furniture around. My studio wasn’t big enough to accommodate all the people I wanted, so I discovered FLO studios. All artists/craftspeople have been hand picked by myself. These are people you would want to hang around with in your living room. So the FLO studio has become that large living room. Featured will be organic body products, jewelry, knit wear, art prints, upcycled eco gear, seasonal cards, clothing and more.

Stay out of the malls and have a happy time hanging with some kind, arty folks! Cheers!

 

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Holy schmokes! I won something! Imagine my surprise when I discovered that I had won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at this years show. You may be reading this thinking, ‘hang on, Bunny made sure I filled out one of those ballots before I left her booth.’ Just to be clear, I didn’t force anybody or twist their arms or pinch them. Thank YOU for taking the time to fill those out, I really do appreciate it.

The show was so well organized. Lynn and Sonya and the gang of Art Angels did a fantastic job. Big kudos for coming around with the water mister to make sure we were able to get a splash of relief from the humidity. The businesses in downtown Guelph did a great job of making the participants feel special. A loot bag of free art supplies from Wyndham Art, was like getting candy!!!!

It was great to see all of the familiar faces from the market and the community. Meeting so many new people was the highlight of my day. I am sure that my pots are now enjoying their new homes and don’t miss me at all. The best part was watching people’s faces as they got my wacky sense of humor depicted on many of my pots. My “mug shots” were a big hit and I need to make more. People were somewhat confused when they saw my display of reused record covers, they assumed I was selling records…….I was using them to display my necklaces. Interestingly, the one of Barry Manilow kept getting brought to the front, but his doey eyes kept following me around my booth and I had to hide him away. FYI, none of the records were from my personal collection…honest!

 

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Have you wondered where I went? Did I melt in the last heat wave? Did I jump in the pond and get devoured by the goldfish? No way people. I have been back full time in the studio throwing, trimming, glazing and firing the kiln, all in preparation for the 10th year of The Art On the Street show downtown Guelph. I know Allan will shake his head at the mention that this show has been on for ten years, cause like me, he remembers the old days. Back in the day, the very first show was held in the same square as all of the city buses who would flow in and out every half hour and not only blast you with exhaust but bring ‘tire-kickers’ who were exhausting us while waiting for the next bus. We were the shock troops, the bait, to get people out and visit their downtown. I can happily report that many years later, this show is fabulous and is one of the best advertised juried art shows I have been in. If you live in this city and aren’t aware that it is coming this Saturday, why then you should check your pulse, because you are dead. So many people come to see this show and sale that there isn’t any room for the tire-kickers, they get moved on by those who fully appreciate what we get up to hidden away in our studios.

I will not only have a fabulous selection of pottery on hand, but I will also be showing some of my film photography (yikes!). I have some pieces that I am rather proud of and chuffed to show off. Heck, you may even be the one who buys one to add to your collection! Now don’t be put off by the weather forecast threatening high heat and humidity, there is a beer garden to help!!

My kiln is on its last firing to put some final details on some new work. I can show you a photograph of what they looked like before their bisque firing…….trust me, you will want to see this in person. Oh yes before I forget, I will have some of my film cameras loaded with film all ready to capture some more people for the 100 Strangers project. I only need about 50 more.

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In case you may have wondered if I had fallen off of the planet, I just have been consumed with productivity in the studio.  This is the mad time of year, when people get all excited about purchasing handcrafted pottery made by yours truly.  I love this time of year!  Although, I always seem to come up with so many brilliant new ideas, and just not enough time to get them all done!  Then, I always seem to misplace the notebook where I jotted all of those ideas down.  In truth, there is a certain little person in the house who has taken to hoarding my little notebooks!  At this point, I know where all of his ‘secret’ hiding spaces are.

Come out and enjoy the show, and say Hello!

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