This was the second sale I've participated in since taking up potting. A big mahalo to Karen Kim who organized the whole thing, did most of the promotion for it, and (most importantly) held the event at her home. She did better at the sale than all of us, and I'm so happy for her. Five potters and at least three plant experts participated in the sale along with an embroiderer. The sale went quite well for everyone, including me. I'd made a number of less expensive bowls and tumblers that I thought would be more appropriate for the sale, but no one looked at them and not one of them sold. The only things that sold were my more expensive vases. Shows how clearly I thought about who would show up for a "Pots 'n Plants Sale." I'm making cereal bowls and tumblers and everyone at the sale is interested in pots they can put plants into! Jeri, my wife, was a real trooper and helped me both with setting everything up and breaking everything down. Probably the highlight of the day was when my daughter Jenny and her husband Kawika surprised me just before the sale started and gave me a lei. I always enjoy getting together with Steve Martin, Karen Kim, Hank Hansgleben and his wife Bridget. I got to meet Don Fowler, another potter from Kaneohe who made better bowls than me and was selling all of his, and Norah Miller who was doing great business selling her beautifully embroidered towels. I also made good contacts with people who bought my pots and might be interested in collecting more of my work in the future. Hopefully this will become an annual event.
Jenny and Kawika surprised me with a lei!
Plenty mahalos to Karen Kim for hosting this sale at her house!
Steve Martin: "Yea, I meant to do that..."
Don Fowler waiting for another sale.
Some of Hank Hangsleben's pots.
Potential buyer eyeing some of Karen's pots.
They're standing at my booth, but they're looking at someone else's stuff. Typical.
I'm talking as usual to no one in particular while Hank is thinking, "Man, did he screw this one up."
I began potting in January of 2012. Because I'm so new to potting, I think I understand the challenges of beginning potters and hope this blog will be encouraging to them and a source of helpful information and comment. I hope you'll join the conversation!