As 2010 has come to a close, so has almost all of my commission back log! YAY. I do have some very long over due pieces to do over this next year, and then I should be done! I am so thrilled with this because it means more time to play with new materials, namely ceramics. For years and years I have wanted to get into ceramics but have had other things get in the way of that. I am hoping that 2011 will be the year of broken down barriers, both with my art work and with moving into a more appropriate house/studio!
There is a wonderful little pottery shop in town that has graciously allowed me to have them fire things for me until we can move and I can purchase a kiln of my own. She is an experienced artist with porcelain, earthenware, and glazing, so I look forward to learning from her. I have begun making a wish list of glazes and bisque pieces to practice on, and should be able to get working on those in a month or two. I am also THRILLED to say that I will be attending BOYCC this year in mid May! A chance to learn from the masters in a hands on setting. Plus a wonderful getaway for hubby and I without children. All of this topped off with a show at the end in which we may oogle all of the clinky things, and maybe even show the few things I hope to have finished in time.
One of the issues I am going to have to figure a way around is my lack of an airbrush or any airbrushing experience. I have never touched one, as there just is not room here for a compressor of any decent size. I may just muster through with the little one that we have if I decide that the hand painting is not going to work. I figured if nothing else I can work on things like leopard appies and roany stuff that does not require much shading. I am also going to do some artsy colorful birds.
So what does all of this mean for you? It means if you like stuff that is shiny, I may have something to offer in the summer. I still plan to offer the usual things though, especially between now and May, as I will need funds to pay for all of this stuff and build up our savings for a house.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and has a very blessed New Year!