I spent my summer working in my garden, hanging with my kids, going for hikes, learning to paddleboard, I finally started running again, and I realized my dog really hates running.
What I didn't do much of was work in my new studio... but I'm trying to be okay with that.
After years of sneaking long hours in the studio after work and putting off family time, as well as my physical and mental health, I realized I wasn't really keeping things in balance anymore... I needed a break. Using my free time to be outdoors and learn new craft techniques with friends has fulfilled my need to be making something without the stress that was starting to creep in and take over my creativity. While I'm not actively making pots, I've continued to research ways to use my new studio, spent some time cleaning and organizing the space, and collected some new materials for future projects. I've also really enjoyed spending time with other potters and learning about their process.
While I've taken time to figure out my life, I've been really grateful for the support of my two awesome stockists, the Harlow and Monkitree gallery. Based in central Maine, these two little shops are main hubs for their communities, and do great things for the creative people around them. Please visit their shops to see my work alongside many great Maine makers and small businesses!
The Harlow is a 60 year old non-profit community gallery supporting fine arts and crafts in Hallowell, Maine. They moved to 100 Water St. to expand their gallery space, add a classroom, and open a beautiful little craft shop in 2018. The Harlow features my work periodically in member exhibitions and year-round in their craft shop.
Visit: 100 Water St. Hallowell, ME 04347 | HarlowGallery.org | @the.harlow
Monkitree is located in downtown Gardiner, Maine. Opened in 2010, the historic building has been beautifully cared for and renovated by owners Peter and Clare. Their love for the building, for art, their two boxers, and for their community is apparent in all aspects of the space.
Monkitree was my first stockist; I also had one of my first exhibitions here with my muse and bff Allison Mckeen in 2017!
Visit: 263 Water St, Gardiner, ME 04345 | Monkitree.com | @clareatmonkitree