packaging and reducing your carbon footprint

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sometime when i have finished my ceramic work and am preparing for a show of small objects, i start to search for old boxes to recycle which i can source from friends and family to make custom fitting boxes for my wares. some might think that it is a waste of time, but personally i prefer to re-use and re-purpose cardboard boxes to make custom, low tech packaging for my ceramics in order to store them properly and moving them to and fro from shows. it reduces my carbon footprint for things that otherwise would go into to the landfill.  think about it. making patterns for custom boxes is relatively simple. allow about an inch to width,length and height then cut, score and tape together.

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(above ) a picture of part of the display of my first show in the US since returning stateside, where i use the packaging to form different cardboard pedestals for my work in order to create more separate space so customers or potential buyers could concentrate on each piece while searching for the right piece to buy.  the show went well, although tiring to set up and sell. i made some new acquaintances and was able to greet some of my friends and fellow potters. as an artist community, we all need to support each other regardless the medium or style….mutual creative input help the artistic network to grow stronger as a community by providing handmade poetic pieces for this industrial world.

Del Ray Artisans Holiday Market

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My first small show at the Holiday Market on December 20-21-22, 2013
at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery in Alexandria, VA.Come to the reception at 6pm on friday the 20th.
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the last italian raku firing

smoking the extracted raku pieces int the courtyard of Altrove's B&B

sometimes, it’s better to start at the end, let me explain…..it is quite difficult to look at these pictures after some time and realize that they document my last raku firing in Italy, where,i fired all my commissioned pieces, then sold my raku kiln and supplies and MOVED back to the US for a new start…..life is complicated sometimes and we need to find the inner courage to pick-up, cut our losses and move on…. hard as it may seem, moving back to the states has given me new opportunities, new friends and a new set of acquaintances and most importantly , a new found force behind my creative spirit.

large covered raku box(WT) black&black with tribal design

above,  is one of the many boxes from a series, both thrown and hand built, part commission and part for my first US show. the exhibition will take place at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery in alexandria between december 20th (friday) at 6pm until, the 22nd (sunday).  i will present part of my italian production and new things in a different technique which i have been working on since my return to the US. it will be interesting to see what people and new acquaintances think of my artistic efforts.