My last City Flea was on October 11th. After a rainy and miserable Friday, it was another sunny Saturday for this event. Logan agreed to help me out with set up in the morning which was good because my knee has really been talking to me lately (putting off surgery till after my last show). He honestly needed the money for Homecoming that night so he was a willing participant. I can't say enough about how much I enjoy this event. The people are fun to watch and my booth neighbor, John from Bud Whitley's Garage, brings in some very talented and entertaining customers.
I broke down and bought a t-shirt that I couldn't live without but the were a lot of tempting buys there. There were welcome visits from returning customers and friends and Lauren came ( the first time she has been to any of my shows) to help me break down. The Biedenharns also came back around at the end of the day and pitched in which made me break down in record time. Awesomeness!!! A noteworthy new patron was Bridgette from 365 things to do in Cincinnati. She was interested in some mugs and ornaments, Cincy style, for their new shop. If you get a chance, like that page on Facebook. It is a continuous supply of fun things to do in the area. Another person that stopped to chat (and buy) was Jim Robinson. He is a glaze chemist at Rookwood. It filled me with pride to know he was very impressed with how much I have learned in my 4 years stint as a potter. It's always nice to get a pat on the back.
I came home with a lot less than I started with, and I'm sad the Flea season is over but I will definitely be making this my place to be next year - very impressed with the media coverage and the crowd.
Now it is time to move on to the next set of shows - the school shows. There is a not so heated debate in the clay cult about ornaments. Some potters seem to feel it is stooping to a lower level to make a $5 ornament for the masses of Christmas crazy patrons that are also carrying around a Styrofoam piece of candy wrapped in celophane on a piece of PVC. Not me - I need money so here I am making hundreds of ornaments for my next shows. I like them and I like making them and I like that I can have something in my booth that anyone can buy. I understand the other argument and that's cool, more ornament customers for me!
And now for kid news. Lauren turned 20 this week. I really can't believe it was 20 years ago that she came into our lives. She is as good of a kid as anyone can hope for. Granted, we have our share of stupid kid incidents that everyone goes through in order to get to adulthood. She has also tested us in the emergency room visits. She has been there for jaundice, she inhaled a bean, she had a double hernia from coughing for weeks (from said bean), she had tubes in her ears, she had a stick that impaled her eyelid (one of the worst days of my life), she had an infection in her ankle that landed her in hospital overnight. She has also made me as proud as I could be. She swims, pole vaults, runs, plays the bass in orchestra and jazz band. She tries very hard in school and has very easy on my pocketbook to send her to a top notch engineering school for chemical engineering. It's very bittersweet that I am celebrating all of this without Rob. They were tight and I know she misses him dearly. Gotta get off that thought before I turn into a puddle.
Last note before I get back to those ornaments. I had a great trip with Logan yesterday at my favorite place, Athens, OH. I went there my freshman and sophomore year as a Chemistry major, took a year off to make some money, went back as a elementary education major, then graduated from Cincinati state in Mechanical design. 5 year associate's degree in partying and poor planning and now I'm a potter. The moral of the story kids is this, when you are paying an outlandish amount of money for an education - STAY THE COURSE. Don't freak out over a C.
Anyway, it was a lot of fun going down memory lane at OU with Logan. He liked it a lot and hopefully it will jump start his motivation to do better in school to achieve his goals. He's an incredibly bright kid who just doesn't care to impress anyone with intelligence. Especially in the form of homework.
My phone battery died before I got a lot of pictures. This is a spot by the art building - I did take an art class there. I was disappointed by all the graffiti covering the art on the stairs. There are other places for that. Logan spent the night with a friend the night before and I got stuck in the rain walking there. I stepping into a very cool bookstore on State St. On of the shopkeepers, Kate, gave me an umbrella to use for the day and I was so grateful!