I didn’t drink alcohol this week, which is pretty great. There were some tempting times, and there will be more. I try to take it a day at a time and for the most part it’s not something I think about often these days. It used to be much more challenging for me.
We had a great time at Purple Haze last weekend for the Denver Cup Collectors Club - Dude, Where’s Your Cup show. Thanks to everyone who came out and made it so fun! Special shoutout to our sponsors Yerba Star, Soiku Bano, George Hashington, Bubba’s Cheesecake, Will Cook You, From NY, Polar Provisions, and Workbench! Also special thanks to Burtoni and Calm for throwing down on the demos! We have a few special pieces available and awaiting photographs to be listed but feel free to reach out to see what we’ve got. Lastly thanks to the teams from Purple Haze and my team from the studio for making such a lovely Sunday afternoon for all of us.
I’ve been on the torch a bit this week, allowing myself to continue experimenting with fume and trying out some new shapes and designs. I currently have one of these experiments available, a fumed cup with some grip spots and a composition notebook booty. Everything else I have made this week has sold and I’m so grateful for the support you have shown for my art.
We’ve also been working on content all week, something that consumes many hours of our team’s time. Today our first collaboration with Leah Bonnema went live as a part of our new sober series highlighting other drinks we can all enjoy besides booze. Leah is a hilarious comedian I met through the Vail Comedy Festival recently and I’m thrilled to be working with her.
Grace has been photographing the new work as quickly as she can for us to get all the freshies listed on the website. We’ve gotten through about 2/3 of our new inventory listed and should have the rest up on the site this week. Make sure to browse a bit and see what we’ve added.
We also had our second edition of the Minturn Market yesterday where Stan demonstrated his skills on the torch for our community while NüBen took his second stab at trying to sell cups, bracelets, marbles and merch. I can proudly say that NüBen sold his first cup yesterday even if it was just an EWGG shot glass. He got lucky too because I told him if he didn’t sell a cup last month he would need to find a new job and I’m cool enough to count July 1 for June. If you want to keep enjoying NüBen’s silly morning videos make sure to scoop one of his pendants to support his journey with glass. He now has 30 days to sell another cup, and hopefully this month it’s full sized!
I’m proud of the progress our team at the studio is making together. Stan and I sold out of our new mug design, so we’re working on more. There are currently a few headed to our friends at The Glass Mule in Noblesville Indiana, and we’ll have more coming soon. I’m really enjoying developing this in house line of cups with Stan and look forward to tackling more products with the team. Who knows, maybe NüBen will even be helping soon if he can get his chops up.
I went for two or three walks this week. It’s nice to take 20-30 minutes away from the phone and business, and it feels good to be outside and active.
We also went by the Vail International Gallery last night for the opening of digital artist Topher Straus. I’m still digesting the work, and will be making another stop by today when I’m in the village.
The next two weeks we’ll be getting ready for the Summer edition of the Vail Cup Collectors Club - Mug Mania. Surfrat is on his way up to Collab today and other exciting mugs are being made by our All Star list of artists. Make sure to grab tickets here
and we hope to see you up the hill July 15!
We also have some Sunday Specials ready for you in the meantime over on the Specials
And now I need to get over to the Vail Sunday Market before guests make it up the hill. I’ve got lots of torching ahead these next two weeks - so stay tuned for some fresh work that I am excited to create!
Enjoy your Sunday,
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On Sundays I reflect.