Courtney of Light Heart Adventures invited me onto their podcast Roll Play Grow, "the podcast for tabletop entrepreneurs, creators, and fans. In this podcast, we talk to the creators behind the brands in the tabletop roleplay gaming space about who they are and how they are turning their passion for gaming into a career"
We started with talking all about how I got into D&D and where my current campaign(s) are. Not gonna lie, I love talking about my PC! What player doesn't?? Then we moved on to how I got into ceramics, my path into full time, and how I manage it all. We also talked a bit about Etsy versus having your own shop, and making that choice for which one or both!
here's the episode!
Bullet journalling is part of my everyday life, and it really does help me keep my small business on track, and works well with my chaotic artist brain! I used Struthless's prompts to guide me through these questions to evaluate where I am, how I'm doing so far, and to figure out how I want the rest of the year to go for me. I had to look back at my 2020 review/2021 goals video for reference.
This not only help clear my thoughts, but it gave me a game plan heading into the busiest season for me!
I got to chat with Dee Chavez all about my time vending at markets and shows across the state. We also chatted about animal crossing, business, and process! I hope you'll have a chance to give it a listen.
Click here to listen and for the show notes
I'm so happy I got to chat with two fellow nerdy potters, Donte of Earth Nation Ceramics and Lindsey M. Dillon! It was a fun time talking shop with them, especially as my first podcast interview with other artists in the biz.
here's a link to listen to it on Spotify. Or if you prefer, you can watch it on YouTube!
I mentioned this blog post in a podcast interview and was shocked to see the list was made six years ago! Granted, it still holds up and much of the content on those podcasts is evergreen, meaning it's applicable even today. Some of those podcasts have ended and others are still going strong. But what am I listening to these days for entrepreneurial advice? I thought it was time for an updated list!
Packing pottery can be a little scary! I use the double boxing method, though it's not the only way to pack up a fragile item. There are two main things you want to keep in mind when packing:
1. There are about 2 inches of packing between the object and the outside wall of the box
2. nothing moves when you shake it!
If those two things are accomplished you will be good to go. My one mistake (and the only time I had something break with this method) is I decided to pack an ornament with a mug in the same interior box. even with the pieces wrapped it was enough that ornament must have dinked into the handle of the mug. Now each object gets their own box before being packed together! I've shipped hundreds of mugs and double boxing hasn't failed me yet.
Here is where I get my packing supplies and resources for shipping. While amazon is convenient, I've been browsing eBay first to see if I can find what I'm looking for there instead. It's often cheaper with just as fast shipping!
East coast Packaging: https://www.eastcoastpkg.com
*Multi-depth boxes if ECP is not local to you: https://amzn.to/2KDRatj
*Crush Proof Boxes (lots of sizes) http://ebay.us/7bQDLr
*Rollo Printer: https://amzn.to/34TnQG8
*Rose Gold Shipping Scale: https://amzn.to/3mU7C5G
*Water Activated Tape dispenser: https://amzn.to/2KNTKwL
Cornstarch Packing Peanuts (Shipping Depot): http://bit.ly/3mXKseB
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2020 was a wild year. It was emotionally draining, but I also learned so much about myself and how to navigate my recent growth spurt in my business. I detail it all month by month in this video.
It's that time of year!! Every year I try to complete my holiday shopping by supporting exclusively small handmade businesses. Normally I'm vending at markets so it ends up being pretty easy! But this year is obviously very different with no in person markets. So a gift guide will not only help me with my online shopping, but maybe you'll find something great to get for a loved one (or yourself!)
This list can be used beyond the holidays. Random gifts (especially in the colder upcoming months) I find to be even more special when it's unexpected :) Each category is someone I have to shop for, with maybe a few bonus categories! I'll update this blog post as I discover more shops on my holiday shopping journey.
If I include their instagram, that means they typically sell out within a day or two of their shop updates, so you might have to keep an eye out if you want something. I also made sure to make this list is diverse; more than half of the shops listed are owned and operated by people of color.
On to the list!
The great outdoors
A little bit ago I had the pleasure of speaking with Randell, host of The Dope Show on my experiences growing up as a black nerd, and how that influenced my career as an artist!
The Dope Show is a new podcast aimed at chronicling the experiences of BIPOC in the nerd community at large. I'm so fortunate to be a part of this! I can't wait for more from this cast. If you're a BIPOC nerd looking to join the conversation, you can find Randell on twitter or comment below, I'm always looking for fellow blerds <3
This podcast is also available on Spotify, google podcasts, radio public, and pocketcast.
I get this question at least once a week, so I thought it best to write all about it here! I use Duncan Ceramics 22k Gold Luster. It's a teeny tiny 2oz bottle, but it goes a long way. This is applied and fired after the glaze fire, anywhere between cone 020 to 018, depending on what else I got going on for an overglaze fire. The luster takes on the texture of whatever glaze it is applied on; so if applied on a matte glaze, the gold will also be matte.
Some best practices:
I think that about does it! Lusters are a great way to add a truly special touch to any pot or sculpture. I would consider this an intermediate product/technique, since basic understandings of firing a kiln are required, and it's an expensive product that requires a delicate touch. But don't let that intimidate you; who doesn't love shiny things?
If this article was helpful, let me know in the comments. Happy luster-ing!
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