Sunday, December 20, 2009

A happy kiln-opening crowd and day of sales ...






... followed by a night of heavy snow, the same storm that hit our North Carolina and Virginia friends. So we've cancelled the second day of the holiday open studio sale. We have at least 18 inches of snow on the ground here, with a thoroughly clogged driveway and treacherous roads, and the snow just letting up about 11 a.m. So we've called Bryan, Kim, Tamara and Ruth and told them not to try to come here and sell today. If some rugged Cape Cod four-wheeler outdoors type shows up to buy art, we'll guide them through it and take their money. But I think that's unlikely.
We've already poured mimosas (got the OJ from the cooler on the porch by sweeping aside a couple of feet of snow drift) and are hoping to get the truck out of the drive to get our friend Patricia to the Boston bus some time after noon.
We opened the kiln yesterday at 11, with a bigger crowd than we've ever had. People jammed themselves around the slab roller and the wheel and the mess around the sink and the glaze table. Lots of laughter and talk, fueled by coffee and mimosas and the baked goods that were brought by practically everyone. Brenda brought bourbon for the eggnog, Janet brought toffee, Tiffany brought home-made baklava (BAKLAVA!!!), Jess (who comes with Bryan) brought some delicious sweet thing, Donna brought a plate of more delicious sweet things, Kim brought stuff, Ed brought good hot dogs and buns to go with the chile ... I'm sure I'm missing someone here. There is always lots to eat on these events.
Our neighbor Howard and Donna helped empty the kiln and people were seen grabbing pots off the table and clutching them to their chests while we finished emptying. I love that. Good pots always go out of here before I've seen much of them.
Upstairs, Kim and Bryan and Tamara and Ruth were apparently doing well. That room seemed to be crowded all day with buyers. Good thing, since today will be a zero.
Our friend Patricia Jones, visiting from Boston, decorated with greens and spent a couple of long, cold hours up at the road at the end of the driveway, getting people to park off the street, shuffling cars about and dealing with the ever-friendly Falmouth Police officer who visited us three times to make sure we were keeping the streets accessible and passable. (I'm not being sarcastic about this; Officer McGuire was as kind and reasonable as he could be in making sure we did what we needed to do to keep the streets passable and not discourage people from coming to the event.)
In the end, lots of pots went out the door with apparently happy buyers. This event is always gratifying because it's all about local folks coming to the studio, hanging around the kitchen, eating Ed's chile dogs, drinking coffee and other things, buying pots and other art, and seeing friends.
In the photos above: Dee this morning, with the candles she lit in the fireplace; Patricia with some of the greens she splashed all over the studio and house; the view to the gallery this morning, after the storm; new pots in the kiln; Bryan's witch balls hanging in the snow-dimmed window.

16 comments:

Hannah said...

18 inches! oh wow! unless you have to get anywhere of course but blimey, makes our measly amoount not even look like snow, just a dusting of icing sugar. I have enjoyed it today. Carol concert tonight, I'll be walking dwn there, must go get togged up. Keep warm and safe
h

Dan Finnegan said...

Much better timing on the weather than your summer rainout(s) We got what the weather channel titled the "winter wallop" and lost the whole weekend of sales. Still haven't seen a plow on our street 36 hours later! Virginia in the snow...just stay home! It sounds like you had a great day yesterday...congratulations. And now to sit by the fire and watch the Bills thump the Patriots!

Hollis Engley said...

Thump??? I'm sorry ... did you say "Thump"??? Lotsa a luck, Bills-wuss.
Yes, a good day to watch football. We cancelled the day's events. Way too much freaking snow. Gus is with us for the weekend. Now ... to the easy chair in front of the TV.
And yes, yesterday was a very good day. I think everyone came out Saturday, knowing Sunday would be impassable.

Hollis Engley said...

Yes, Hannah. We got what is an unusual amount of snow for us. But there's something about the weekend that we do this sale ... the past three years it's been plagued with bad weather. Nice to think of you going to the carol concert. Sing one for us.

cookingwithgas said...

reads as if you had a great turn out on saturday with lots of good suport and buying going on.
It has to be the best feeling having the locals come out!
No snow here but the rest of you had a big load of snow.
Good day for some down time.

mengley said...

Sounds fantastic, and there are worse ways to spend a Sunday. I'd pay $50 for a chili dog right now.

Hollis Engley said...

Hi, Meredith. It was indeed a great turnout Saturday. I think most people knew today would be a washout, so came yesterday. Yes, it's good when local folks come and enjoy the party and the pots, and all the rest of it. Makes it worthwhile to do everything that goes into it.
And Marcus, I'll mail you a dozen chile dogs. You won't have to pay full price, either.

MVBLH said...

Best kiln-opening party yet! (And that's not the eggnog talking)...Hope you managed to get a few cookies, too (they were sorta a Christmas gift for you & Dee but got opened before I could get them to the kitchen). Thanks for a terrific gathering. Such fabulous artists (I love my little glass whale...)

ang said...

it all looks very dreamy but i'm sure it's cold as.. what a super day i hope it made up for not being able to be open for sunday...might try one of those sales get peeps excited about warm pots from the kiln...woohooo...

Hollis Engley said...

You're right, Brenda. There were a couple of people VERY enthusiastic about your addition to the eggnog.
And Ang, I think your December temperatures are better for these kind of parties than ours. But people do like to see the new pots. It's worth thinking about.

traceybroome@mindspring.com said...

Looks like such a great time, what a good idea to pull pots from the kiln as customers show up. I think that sometime next year I am going to try a sale while I am doing a Raku fire, I think that would be lots of fun.

Hollis Engley said...

It's worth thinking about, Tracey. People love the new pots. The only problem is that you sometimes let pots go that you might like to keep for a while. But people are giving you money, so what's wrong with that?

Barry said...

*sigh* I drove by on Saturday with no time to stop. Saw all the cars and thought "how great for you all".

It seems like I have been moving snow since before it started, but blisters and calluses build character, right? I love snow. Really, I do!

So sorry that we missed this event.

Hollis Engley said...

No worries, Barry. Next time. There's always another kiln being fired. Maybe just not so much eggnog ...

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Sounds like a most excellent day. From your report, I feet I was there is some small part! Congrats on such a successful kiln opening.

Hollis Engley said...

Thanks, Elizabeth. Now ... Christmas shopping.....