Arts on the Avenue, a wonderful annual event in Ladysmith, is rapidly approaching. It’s on the 26th of August. This year Jo and Vic (that’s us) are the featured artists, and we’re so excited and have been working like industrious little ants to make sure we have some beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces to show and sell, in both our stoneware and raku pottery. We will also have a display of some of our wheel-thrown and hand-made functional stoneware pottery. And to make things even more fun, Vic will be demonstrating on the wheel.
In anticipation of this special event, I was asked to do a demonstration on our local Shaw Cable Show: The Show. It was a crazy controlled chaotic atmosphere. I had no idea when I arrived that there would be multiple guests and hosts, numerous cameras and lights, and that I would be given 4 minutes to prepare. There was an interview with the owner of Effing Oyster up before me. I watched him setting up for about 25 minutes before the start of the show. The director suddenly called for everyone, guests, hosts, camera and sound crew members, to gather. He began providing directions to the assembled group, including musicians, folks with animals, hockey coach and so forth, and then said: “Josee, you will have 4 minutes to set up.” I think I went into shock, and burst out: “I’m a potter, not a magician.” Then it was his face that had a priceless look on it. He re-arranged the line-up to increase my prep time to 5 minutes.
I spent the Effing Oyster interview time sitting on the floor, hidden from cameras, and doing my preparation. Much of what I needed was quickly hidden behind the Oyster Man before the cameras started rolling on our side of the studio.
The link to the show follows here. You can find my segment at 13:59 minutes into the episode, and there’s a brief return spot with me at about 39 minutes in.
Vic will be off to finish up the Comox Nautical Days Show tomorrow, and I can hardly wait for him to get back to studio life with me. I’ve been putting in 12-hour days since my partner isn’t around to help finish off the day. He’s up and leaving by 6:30 AM, and since I’m awake too, I get busy. The trouble is I have to keep busy until the garden is watered and all the little chores we normally share are finished. But the sun is shining, and lots of work is being done. Just one more day in Comox, and things will get back to? Gosh, I want to say normal, but I can’t remember what that is. Here’s one of the gorgeous Teapots Vic brought to Comox.
Comox Nautical Days starts on Saturday. Vic has begun to pack up in preparation to start setting up the booth. That has him scurrying, because we haven’t stopped firing the Raku kiln, and we haven’t closed the studio. In fact through the last few days we’ve had quite a few people through. Some have enjoyed a visit, others have been helping with opening the kiln so that we could do our thing as a teamed pair of pyromaniacs.
Of course it’s always great to have a little extra help
Vic is going to have quite a bit of raku pottery for sale during the show in Comox, which starts Saturday and runs through to Monday. Jo will be here at the studio in Ladysmith, after all, some of our annual visitors might show up here at our studio, and we’re also gearing up for a later show in Ladysmith. But if you have time, do drop by and say hello to us either at the studio, or visit the booth in Comox.
Comox Nautical Daysis coming up very quickly, and yes, we’ll be there. This year the dates for this delightful festival are August 4, 5, and 6. Our work this year will include some stunning new raku pottery. The show is always a pleasure and an opportunity to spend time with some of the wonderful people who return annually. Comox Nautical Days offers 3 exciting days of fun, and it includes the Bullhead Derby, Canoe Jousting, Dragon Boat Races, Build, Bail& Sail, the Ceremony of the Flags, parade, food, crafts and fireworks. For us it’s a chance to enjoy meeting some new customers as well as spending time with some of the people who make this an annual experience. To find out even more, you can check the organizers’ website as well: Comox Nautical Days 54th Celebration.
We expect we’ll soon be posting special Raku Firing Days, so please look for that.
We also hope to see you again for the annual Arts on the Avenue Art Show and Sale. This year we are going to be the featured artists. With that in mind we are both feeling inspired. Vic’s been doing some amazing pieces for raku firing, and I’ve been working on some terrific sculptural work for both the garden and house. And of course we’ve got some beautiful new stoneware coming through as well. I’ve even been making some beautiful hand-built and pleated ultra lightweight folded bowls. Gosh, I’d better get out there and start glazing those. Sure hope to see you there.