I am starting my day with my new favorite coffee cup by Julie Wiggins, a friend and fellow potter from Charlotte, N.C. This photo is especially apropos because it includes two pieces of my own work I made while living in Charlotte where I first met Julie and many other wonderful clay artists. I didn't plan it that way, but noticed it after I took the picture!
I was out and about this week at several art-inspired events. Not only did I end up with a bounty of creative endeavors and a chance to catch up with artist friends I haven't seen recently, I also gained some new art friendships along the way.
The Frederick Festival of the Arts benefited from spectacular weather this weekend! This festive crab by Alex Benitez from Baltimore, Md. caught my eye and will find a perfect spot somewhere on a wall at home.
Sunday I traveled to Virginia to reconnect with Julie and her pottery during a home show hosted by her brother and sister-in-law. It's been a couple of years since we've seen each other. We were studio-mates at a clay studio in Charlotte in the 2004 -2005 time frame. It was fun to catch up and talk clay. Julie's newest work shows off her steady artistic hand with dabs of soft color.
Buying art I love gives me just about as much pleasure as making it. It connects me to the artists, reminds me of a special day or event and helps a fellow crafter continue to do what they love.