December is tomorrow! I can hardly believe it, yet if I'm honest Christmas music has been playing at my house for a couple weeks already. I'm LOVING Christmas this year and trying to enjoy all the beauty and special moments it brings!
I want to say thank you for such an amazing year! If you have shopped through Etsy, at a local show, or through one of the shops that carry my work, know I am so grateful of your support. It is such a joy to create pots, and I seriously couldn't do it without your support.
My Etsy shop is now closed for the year. I have had many emails in the last few weeks inquiring about buying pieces so I will direct you where you can find my pieces, just in time for Christmas shopping.
Made Collective (181 Christina st) www.madecollective.ca
Ingonish Trading Company (194 Davis St.) (www.ingonishtrading.co)
Lakelife Studio (3811 lakeshore road, camalachie ) www.lakelifestudio.com
Oliver and Rust (Fonthill, Ontario) www.oliverandrust.com
VIncent Park (Vancouver, BC) www.vincentpark.ca
The Tiny Art Shack (Midland, ON) www.facebook.com/thetinyartshack
Peace, love and joy!
Gather Lambton www.gatherlambton.com 4182 Petrolia Line, Petrolia, Ontario
Ingonish Trading Co www.ingonishtradingco.ca 192 Davis St. Sarnia, Ontario
This year you will be able to find me at the following Art Festivals:
Sarnia ArtWalk with Made Collective (181 Christina St (pop up shop) and booth) June 2-4 2017
Art in the Park Petrolia July 7-8, 2017
Art in the Park Brights Grove September 9, 2017
I cannot believe that tommorow we are half way through November. The weather in south-western Ontario has been so beautiful, that it has kind of tricked us into forgetting that Christmas is just 6 weeks away!
This fall I have been enjoying working on some lovely and large custom orders, but also just in time for some holiday sales I am finishing up a couple of kiln loads that will be perfect for Christmas gifts. There are some nesting bowls, serving bowls... and boy oh boy... MUGS galore!
The 2 local sales I will be participating in are:
Rustic River NOVEMBER 19 9-1
3809 St. Clair Parkway, Port Lambton
LOVE LOCAL pop up shop NOVEMBER 26 11-4
181 Christina St N, Sarnia, ON N7T 5T8, Canada
I also will be doing an online Etsy shop update on NOVEMBER 30. These orders will be packaged up and mailed off immediately to ensure timely holiday season delivery! www.lnpottery.com
Wishing you the most lovely, peaceful Holiday season!
Well January has arrived and along with it the pressure to get organized. I am a mom of 3, a wife, a dog owner, a housekeeper and of course a potter. You could say my plate is full and I am guessing yours is too. It's the way we live these days, even with effort to have wide margins and good self care. So sometimes the January call to clean up my act-get organized-be more productive feels heavy and unattainable.
As the year end drew near, I was anxious about this pressure. Wondering what changes I could make to be more efficient and productive, along with more patient and loving, all while of course smelling the roses and being ever grateful for my many blessings.
They say January has the highest depression rates. I wonder if this is why. It just all feels like a lot of work in order to become a "better" you.
On New Year's Day it clicked. The only resolutions I'm making are going to be life-giving, bucket filling, hot cuppa on a cold winter day sorta things.
My first goal is to "head out often". This means for me to head outside, walk briskly, breathe and exhale deeply. Take notice of my body and act when I need a tension break. This is my re-centering and as any potter knows... If the clay isn't centered, the pot will have difficulties from the get go. Interesting though that centering the clay in pottery is such a difficult and timely skill to master.
Another goal I will share is to work within a schedule. I am very much a do what I feel sorta person. It is hard for me to throw, if my heart isn't into it and when I am inspired it is hard for me to stay away. I know this is who I am and I'll need to be flexible, but I feel like a schedule will help me stay within how much time I can offer my craft at the moment. Seeing everyone's amazing work and work ethic on Instagram is so inspiring and often prompts me to work harder and be better. I'm hoping that a planned schedule will leave me with the knowledge I worked as hard as I could with the time given. I also hope this helps me be more goal oriented and that, for example when I sit down on a throwing day I know I'll be throwing 12 mugs, if that is the aim.
New beginnings are full of grace and hope! I hope as you start the New Year, that you have given yourself some love and life giving goals as well! I'll end with a quote that has inspired me.
"Creative living is stranger than the other, more worldly pursuit. The usual rules do not apply. In normal life, if you're good at something and you work hard at it, you will likely succeed. In creative endeavours, maybe not. Or maybe you will succeed for a spell and then never succeed again. You might be adored for a while then go out of fashion. For my own part, I decided early on to focus my devotion to the work above all. That would be how I measured my worth. I knew that conventional success would depend on three factors - talent, luck and discipline - and I knew that two of those three things would never be under my control. The only piece I had any control over was my discipline."
Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
New beginnings are so exciting, and as the year end approaches I am filled with anticipation for what 2016 may bring. I have a new journal and am already filling it with hopes and dreams for Lydia Nicholson Pottery in the next 12 months.
But before I look forward, I'd like to look back. And not just a little back.. how about a few years...
December 2013 - After much turmoil, and praying, reconsidering and anxious moments I decided to quit my job as a nurse. Although there were many parts I loved, overall it left my anxious, empty and unhappy. At this point I had no idea I would pursue clay the way I have. I had been taking classes at a local college for a few years and the connection was undeniable , but I'm not a dreamer or a risk taker, and the thought of owning a kiln seemed out of reach.
April 2014 - We found out we were pregnant with baby #3. A little irrelevant, but also the springboard for me eventually realizing I didn't want to give up pottery, but knew I wouldn't be able to spend the same amount of time at the college.
December 2014 - I think my day kinda went like... check email, "oh there is a kiln sale", ran the idea by my husband, and took the plunge and ordered the kiln. Kinda crazy and very spontaneous for me, but there has been no looking back. I was right, after my daughter was born I hadn't been able to a make it to the college at all. Having a home studio has been such a dream. Some days I felt like it has saved my sanity. Those hours alone with my wheel would re-center and leave me ready to enjoy mothering, wife-ing, and running a home.
February 2015 - Etsy shop opened. I remember the nerves. It felt like such a big deal. A dream come true! But also the thought of my pieces on the world wide web left me feeling vulnerable. My skin has toughened since then, and as I've navigated the world of Etsy and Instagram I look back and am so proud of what I have learned and how far I've come.
May - Dec. 2015 - A handful of shows and a hopping Etsy shop, not to mention all you locals who have popped by for a little shopping. I'm just so grateful for each sale I've made. Thank you for your love, encouragement and support. I feel like I will always remember those who have supported me in my first year! It has meant so much. As the year comes to a close I've started this website and have a few other exciting things on the go.
That brings us up to speed. I am always so curious of other potter's journeys, so I thought I'd share mine. Please leave a comment and tell me a little about yourself.