August 21, 2022
On Sundays I reflect.
I didn’t drink alcohol this week. There were a few times I thought about having a beer, like when I gave up my seat at the bar for a couple to have two adjacent seats and they offered to buy me a beer. It’s better when I don’t drink.
I finished ash tray number 3 “The Auger” this week. A new client I have never done business with had expressed interest in purchasing this piece a few weeks ago and we have been in touch about payments. When it came time for the client to pay on the day they told me they would pay, they stopped opening my messages and responding. I had coordinated transportation of the piece to Portland Oregon for the client, and began to get concerned they would bail. I gave them a last chance to pay just before my final opportunity to get the piece in the car going West. No response.
So I mentioned to a friend what happened and he immediately told me he would buy the piece. There is more of a story here that involves a surprise ending, so you’ll have to wait to hear the rest of what happened.
And then I posted a story about the buyer who bailed, and my friend who bought The Auger. I also mentioned that ash tray number 4 is in the works “The Springs”. Another client and friend of mine asked about the price and locked it down right then and there from a very rough process photo.
It is a special feeling to have my work being so well received because when I decided to explore this project I had no idea if the market would support it. None of this would be possible without my team. Special thanks to Red Cliff Bob, OLDGREED, and Marta for helping to bring this project to life and thanks to everyone who has added one to their private collections. If you are interested in being added to the waitlist feel free to reach out.
We’ve been finalizing the details for the next popup at Purple Haze on Colfax in Denver coming up on Sunday September 18. Details are coming soon, but mark your calendars.
I’ve been on the torch a bit this week and will be focusing on project deadlines next week. One deadline is for a trophy I will be making for the Montana State Providers Cup. A few years ago these guys reached out to me to make a cup/trophy for their competition and to find other artists interested in doing the same. Since then their project continues to grow and I’m grateful for their continued support.
Another deadline I have coming up is my submission for the “Anything But” show coming up at Ruckus Gallery in Philadelphia. This will be my third or fourth fully worked solo cup of 2022 and I’ve got something exciting in the works.
I’ve also been working on prep for collaborations. Last week I dropped some off with Avant Garde glass in Colorado Springs for our next sippy cup collaboration. I have prep from Coldberger for another cup featuring her sunset fade and I’m working on prep for a project with FREEEK. I have a ton of work on my plate beyond those, and my apprentice Rusty made the step from chillums to bigger blanks for me to use to make my prep. Ideally this will save me some prep time and allow me to get to more projects like these.
The last exciting news I have to share today before I head to the studio is that I got to interview Jake C the other day and we’re working on a blog that will provide some insight into his “Pints With Friends” project and his life behind the scenes. For anyone wanting to learn more about what Jake has been up to, make sure you subscribe to our email list to get the first look.
As always thanks for your support and enjoy your Sunday,
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September 01, 2022
Looking forward to seeing some of these collabs and brother the words “ it’s better when I don’t drink” def resonates.