I was reminded this week that I am surrounded by incredibly talented people in my life. Each of them holds a unique gift that not only makes them super special but intersect with my own creative pursuits. All of these people have showed up in my circle of friendship at an opportune time. Let me tell you about them:
Mike Taylor and I met back at Gunston Junior High School. We lost touch after high school and reconnected at a few reunion celebrations. Mike is a director and producer of a whole range of audio-visual pieces from commercials to films. His company is called Potomac Pictures. He just finished production of a short promotional video of ClayByLaura for me. It not only captures the process I use for creating but visually highlights my studio and finished pieces. Want one of these for your business promotion? Click on this photo or link to contact Mike and sort out the details!
Margaret Hluch and I met through our mutual connection to The Muse. Her studio/work-space is where I've taught (and taken) a few Crafting Parties in Frederick, Md. Margaret just opened a show of her colorful and intricate weavings at The Muse this past weekend. “Back to Old Tricks” describes her return to this fiber art form she has mastered so well. Not only does Margaret painstakingly paint the threads to begin the process, the weaving and composition take hours and hours of dedicated talent. Plan a trip to Frederick, Md. for the opportunity to see these colorful weavings in person. It is worth the trip! Luckily, I nabbed one of her pieces to grace the walls of my studio. Click on this photo to read a recent interview with Margaret.
Whitney Dahlberg is the owner and inspiration behind The Muse. I frequently mention her or the shop in every other blog post I write! It’s easy to cheerlead for someone when you love and admire them. Whitney's business has thrived for 15 years in Frederick, Md. That accomplishment alone speaks volumes about her. But what I find so special about this creative entrepreneur are her own artistic talents creating fiber art, her dedication to the world of craft and crafters, and her continuous support of me and my own clay pursuits. Whitney has begun writing a column for the local paper about using craft to help you find some calm in your own life. Check out her latest column by clicking on the photo above.
I'm thankful for all the people that keep me company in my life. Each of you has a hand in making me a better person, encouraging my creativity and supporting my clay business. Thank you! Here's another chance to view my new video. Click, view, and let me know what you think!