Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A belated BOYCC recap + other news

This was the scene outside the show hall

Ok so I did not get to post when I wanted just due to everything that has been keeping me busy. I wish I had had something to type out posts while I was on the plane on the way home. I had several wonderful posts all constructed in my head, and alas they have gotten lost in there somewhere.

Joanie's darling backyard & studio

In short, the experience of BOYCC 2011 was AWESOME! I was sick the whole time but I would still do it all again. The venue was perfect, the food amazing, the people wonderful, the eye candy striking, and the clinics insightful! I had a blast. My hubby came along and is still talking about it a month later. I'd say he had a good time too! He definitely has a new found appreciation for our little clinky ponies! Joanie totally blew him away when she got out Stormwatch's 17 piece mold! As a gift for the occasion I had ordered him a hand built ceramic dragon. It arrived while we were gone and was a wonderful surprise for him on our return.


The Made With Love Friesian mare that I picked up while I was there


I learned so much, and gained some delightful new friends in the process. Friendships that had been made in the past were strengthened as well. I just can't say enough great things about the whole trip. I can't wait to get full force into making clinky things! The only down side was that I wish I could have cloned myself so that I could have taken ALL of the workshops.

These are the horse head pins that we china painted in Karen Gerhardt's workshop



The whole experience made such an impression on me that even on the plane home I was working out how I would put on a similar event here in Michigan. We could do the same thing for cold painting and finish work possibly next year even, and a ceramics version the following. Our new property is close to the expressway, easy to get to all sorts of shopping, and I have facilities at my disposal that are nearby. Hotels are 10 minutes away, and Detroit Metro & Flint Bishop airports are within an hours drive. I may even have a real equine reference in the back yard by then. :D

The line up of Hoscars made just for the show


Now the update on our moving process is this. It's a government loan program, which means that it is SLOW and heavy with paperwork. I am hoping that we will be able to move sometime in August but I really have no idea. I am currently able to paint (as long as the humidity cooperates). So I am working on a few commissions and some sales pieces. We may have to bring a bit more money to closing than we had anticipated since the appraisal is not coming in as high as we need. Right now we are waiting for the appraisal to be adjusted for some repairs we are having done, and waiting for another agency to approve some things. I should have my studio up and running shortly after we move and the ceramics division going sometime this fall if all goes well. As a huge blessing, I am being gifted TWO kilns! One from a friend local (this one is needing rewired), and a second from one of my best friends, whose mom has one and wants her to take it. I am so excited. Now if the house stuff just finally aligns and we close, we can get the move going. Thank you all for your support and continued prayers for this situation!

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