It's so refreshing to have more and more nights stay above freezing temperatures, and thankfully soon we will be past the point of frost. Warmer weather means my studio can stay in my studio. For the past several bitterly cold months I've been storing clay and glaze in our dining room, and schlepping in all of my creations nightly to sit on a folding table in the middle of the living room to keep it all from freezing. Clay doesn't like the cold. It's rather intrusive on our home life having pottery take over. It's dusty, and big, and bulky.
I have to admit, though, having my wares around me in various stages of completeness keeps my head actively working all the time; thinking pottery all the time. And this is really exactly what I need as I gear up for the next market season and begin to think of new items to design, create, and sell! I think I'm most excited about finding silicone lids so I can create travel mugs--something I've wanted to make forever, and now I can! I'm stocking up on my vegetable steamers, too, and some fun berry bowls, pitchers, and vessels for all those bunches and bunches of gorgeous flowers you'll find at the market.
And because I love them so very much, Joyful Clay will be in two farmers markets this summer: Every Saturday morning at the Severna Park Farmers Market in Severna Park, Maryland, and every other Sunday at the Frederick City Farmers Market in Frederick, Maryland.
So come on, warm weather. I'm ready to exchange my little space heater for a fan in my studio, clear out my house and start packing up my creations for the markets!