Saturday, February 20, 2010

What is a "Weekend"

Project: Read the list below :-)
Mood: Too busy to have a mood
Media: Spartacus - Blood and Sand. A redheaded Lucy Lawless + full frontal nudity = The best show ever. Apparently there is a plotline and people talk and act and stuff too.

Sometimes the only notice I have that a "weekend" is going on is the Facebook status and Twitters of my friends turn to "Can't wait for the weekend" or some such thing. I do take the odd day off but myself, and most artists I know work everyday, mostly because we have no choice. Especially in this economy.

Here is a taste of my current to do list, in no particular order;

- Finish Debbie's urn, all done but having trouble with the locking mechanism.
- Work on treasure chests for Tup and Mess' kids, designed but not started.
- 9 Cammandments project for Cam Industrial, Large tablet and table-top model, sculpt originals, cast molds and produce from casts.
- Throw 30 bowls and make 30 trivet tiles for Calgary Jewish Centre open house on March 7th.
- Package and ship orders for the ceramic shop and the toy shop.
- Make more ceramic Rayguns, Dave wants to buy one.
- Re-vamp grant application for March 1st. People casting project.
- Make more beads for store stock, running really low.
- Figure out why one of my galleries, after a year, still does not have me on their website?
- and much more . . .

Even with all that, I'm so behind on my bills its not even funny. This last Xmas season was the worst ever, I made about $10,000 of new work for galleries in addition to the $20,000 out there in consignment limbo. In the end two of the shows I PAID to be part of didn't break even for me, a gallery went bankrupt (owing me money), and so far I have received $75 in cheques from galleries . . . yes, seventy-five dollars. My priority next Xmas will not be with the galleries and I will use this years example to remind them why.

Anyway, dwell and die or move and survive. I will be adjudicating the ceramics component of the Yellowhead Rotary Arts Festival and giving a demo of my work up in the Edson/Hinton area. I am also scheduled to teach more classes at the Calgary Jewish centre in April, more info coming soon. Some new Items are coming into my toy store too so that will keep me busy.

At times like this i think of my favorite quotes.

"To survive is not enough"

That is from the "Sunset Warrior" cycle by Eric van Lustbader (Yes, he wrote some science fiction). I always had that quote hanging at my gear station when I was a firefighter, kept me alive once.

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