Hi there! Long time, no see! I have been keeping busy in the studio but I haven't been blogging much. I guess I use Facebook more for keeping everyone up to date with what I have been working on (feel free to friend me there and *like* my Earthenwood FB Fan Page!). So here is a roundup of updates and links for you:
I have been moving away from the artisan bead component aspect of my business lately. But there still seems to be demand for some of my classic designs, so I have my Indie Made website at EarthenwoodStudio.com with favorites like fairies and faces and accents.
I am also using Etsy shop as a destash spot to clear out the older styles that I am no longer planning on keeping in stock. Use the coupon code DESTASH for 20% off of your order in this shop!
I am continuing to focus on my jewelry line, which is available at a growing number of retail stores both in Michigan and throughout the USA. I am always looking for new retailers and I am planning on expanding my line and adding new pieces this year. You can find Earthenwood Jewelry and wholesale info on the new website .
My newest work is focused on working in ceramics in a very different way. I have fallen in love with hand painting overglazes onto functional china ware (often upcycling thrift store pottery). This new work is satisfying my desire to draw and doodle, allowing me to be really creative and expressive (which I have felt I have been lacking the last few years), and bringing me back to my original love of pottery. You can see this work in my Etsy Ceramic store.
I think my love of pottery has always gone hand in hand with a love of food and the presentation of food, which brings me to another new direction that my work is taking. I am starting culinary school this week to study pastry arts! I have become more and more interested in cake and cookie decorating and artistic desserts and foods. In some ways it is really different than the work I have been doing for the last decade, but in other ways, it makes a lot of sense. Clay work and baking have a lot of similarities and I love working on small, detailed objects in production mode with ceramics and I can see bakery work being similar. Food is another layer of materials and techniques that I have little experience with and am eager to start learning about. I am not exactly sure where these new skills will take me in my career and art yet, but I am excited to find out!
That's the Earthenwood update for now! Happy new year and thanks for reading!