Sunday, April 20, 2014

April Blog-o-shere Think Tank

What's this about? It's " A monthly group blog of a light nature, simple easy topics :)" The group is made up of different people from different areas of life (so not just artists) and on the 20th of every month we'll write on the same topic and post (hopefully) at about the same time. Sounds like fun, yes?  Links to the participating members' blogs are listed at the end of this post.


April Blog-o-sphere Topic:  Pet Peeves.  We all have them.  What are yours?

I'm not annoyed.
Do I look annoyed?

Revealing my pet peeves is trickier than I thought it would be at first. There are little annoyances that go along with having an art business, but focusing on that would seem like I'm complaining about my pretty decent situation or even my amazing customers and I'm not.  They take a leap of faith every time they buy pots from me from across the country and beyond without  ever being able to pick up a mug beforehand to decide if it feels right for them.  They are a pretty awesome lot.  I could probably come up with a thing or two about Chip the recovering potter but wouldn't that just open up a big old can of Amynthas.  I know I might do a thing or two or three or four that leaves him rolling his eyes with exasperation and besides, he's a great guy.

So anyways, (does it bother you that I start so many sentences with "so anyways"?  because I love to do that even though it's bad grammar. Some people have pet peeves about that).  So anyways, I've narrowed it way down to these three.

1.  The inability of anybody to say "you're welcome" any more.
you know what else peeves me? noticing i used "your welcome"
instead of the proper contraction "you're welcome" in this drawing.
*derp*
I listen to NPR in the studio a bit.... well, less than I used to because the world makes me crazy, and it's best to switch to music, but that's another topic.  Inevitably, every story ends with the interviewer thanking the guest for their time and the guest responding with "Thank YOU" instead of "You're welcome".  Also acceptable:  "You're welcome. Thank you for having me."  I know it could be worse.  The guests are just trying to be super duper polite and at least they aren't answering with the dreaded and ungracious "uh huh" or "no problem".

2. TYPING IN ALL CAPS EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME INSTEAD OF JUST FOR EMPHASIS SOMETIMES.
LOWER YOUR VOICE...I mean lower your voice.  No one likes to be yelled at. 

3. Grand acts of self importance on social media.
"ok, i'm going to need to *unfollow* you.  it's not you, it's me.
i'll be announcing that to the internet then, ok?"
"um....ok...."
 Guess what creative types?  People love what you do, but they have lives.  They aren't waiting around breathlessly for your next post or comment.  If you need to reduce your presence on social media for whatever reason or thin out your newsfeed for your own sanity, just go ahead and do it.  Quietly. I guarantee that few will notice.  Announcing to the internet that others are superfluous regardless of the sincerity of your intentions is neither honest nor brave.  It's just stunningly self important.  There.  I said it.

Alrighty then.  Check out participating members' blogs for their pet peeves. There's bound to be a rant or two.  Could be fun.


pencilfox. www.pencilfox.com
Catherine Witherell:  http://happydayart.typepad.com
  


  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

March Blog-o-sphere Think Tank

What's this about? It's " A monthly group blog of a light nature, simple easy topics :)" The group is made up of different people from different areas of life (so not just artists) and on the 20th of every month we'll write on the same topic and post (hopefully) at about the same time. Sounds like fun, yes?  Links to the participating members' blogs are listed at the end of this post.


March Blog-o-sphere Topic:  Superpowers.  If you could pick one to have, what would it be?


I would like to fly...




.....because I hate to fly.


Maybe I would choose wings instead of a cape.



.....And the ability to grow a MAGIC UNICORN HORN




...OR ANTLERS...



...ANTLERS THAT SHOOT LIGHTNING BOLTS


.....................


Or maybe I'd just like to fly....


.....because I hate flying.


For more superpower insights, visit the other
participating member blogs:

pencilfox.     www.pencilfox.com
Catherine Witherell   http://happydayart.typepad.com
Designs by Shelagh. www.designsbyshelagh.com/blog

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Oh Hello. It's The Middle Of March


March comes in like a lion
and out like a yeti?


Oh hello.  I forgot I had a blog.  Well, not really.  Facebook and Instagram are just easier.  Fewer words and more pictures wins out when life and pottery get busy.



Apparently I'm neglecting FB a bit too since FB felt it necessary to send me this:

Post something on Barbara Donovan Pottery to
build more interest!

I'm liking Instagram, but I'm not sure it will ever be a marketing tool for the pots.  I forget the hashtags half the time unless there is a snark fest opportunity, and I probably post more photos of my bad dogs than I should.  Well...everybody else does too. I do post more work in progress pics on IG than on FB.  Anyways, if any of that interests you and you'd like to join in the hilarity, I can be found as barbaradonovanpottery.  It's a regretfully long choice of name I know,  but what's done is done and there it is.


Yup.  The basket file of shame.
I have to confess I'm starting to get the usual tax time angst.  Last year I signed up with Outright to get my pottery business better organized so tax time wouldn't be such a burden, but I haven't logged in once since then.  Nope...not one swinging time.  Still Outright (now Go Daddy Bookkeeping I think?) feels obligated to send me emails once a week to tell me now many dollars I'm losing and for that fail reminder, I'm indeed grateful.



Almost forgot - a little unfinished business:

(1) I said I'd post this receipt from the last very small fundraiser in December to the blog, but I only posted it on FB.....something about FB being easier or whatever but here it is:
Thanks again all y'all

(2)  Last Fall's stupefying glaze issues** were solved.  It was NOT the zinc oxide.  It was a dying kiln thermocouple allowing my kiln to fire my cone 5/6 glazes to cone 7 and beyond.
little bunny foo foo cone pack
Why it didn't occur to me to do the easiest thing first - make sure the kiln is firing to the correct temperature rather than fixate on convoluted theories about zinc and calcined zinc (and btw....there is only calcined zinc available these days), I can't explain except *derp*.
Note to self:  don't wait until your
thermocouple is black, crunchy, and
falling apart before you replace it.

(3)I'm sure there is more unfinished business but it's March, folks; Time to move on.


That about catches us up, and whew, I'm exhausted.  Let me just pretend I'm on Instagram and finish up with a slew of pottery photos.  Most of these and more will be added to the Etsy shop over the next week.
Odd creatures great and small
#woodlandanimals #antlers
#etsyapproved
I can't stop putting antlers
on things that shouldn't
have them.  #antlers
#etsyapproved

Wine cups.
#juststopthehashtags
.
This is my favorite one.  Drunk Bun.
He already has a forever home
on the west coast.
#GoHomeBunYoureDrunk
..And what do we have here:
omg.....spoon rests....the shame....


....and wee shot cups

Finally, it's time for your tiresome pet picture....
Outdoor kitty on the indoor couch.
Good thing she's not spoiled.
Alrighty then.  See y'all next time.

** Update Well, I was looking for the blog post I wrote last Fall about the couple of month long glaze issue and zinc oxide conspiracy to create a link, but it's gone or most likely, I never wrote it.  Must have been on Facebook.....
#snort