The Kingston Military Craft Show was very successful for us again this year. We hope to see you there next year. Check the wbsite for that date once its determined. In the mean time you can always stop by the studio, but please phone ahead to make sure we are in.
We had a successful time at our first exhibition at South Grenville District High School . It is just off the 401. There were 225 tables, so lots of choice. The doors opened at 9:00 so we began setting up at 6:30 . That meant we were on the road from Kingston by 5:15!! The new tray designs were popular as well as the wire melts and the Monkey Puzzle bowls.
Stop by at either the Strathcona Paper Centre in Napanee to see Ron or Bay Park Church at 775 Progress Ave. to see me. We have a friendly competition going . We have done 2 great kiln loads in the last week so have some beautiful new fusing including several pot and wire melts. Ron has finished some of the ” Trees of Life” and quite a few bowls . Some walnut and so,me ” monkey puzzle. We hope for a busy day on Saturday.
The Women’s Art Festival Craft Show scheduled for Nov. 12th has been cancelled due to lack of committed vendors. As we had already organized to do 2 shows on that day , we have decided to take part in Festivity 2011 at Bay Park Church 775 Progress Avenue. This is very close to our home , so we hope lots of friends and neighbours stop by. There will be a great selection of trays, woodturning and glass items. If you live closer to napanee, the Strathcona Paper Centre would be the place to go. Ron and Christine will be there with a great selection.
We have made a few changes in our November Show Schedule . We will be starting off at Glenburnie United Church. It is a short drive from Kingston . You can get a great lunch and enjoy a small country craft sale. It will be the first sale We have made one of several new tray designs and some new stained glass designs. We hope you can stop by to support the church sale.
The following weekend we will be in two locations on Saturday. We will be at a new sale at the Strathcona Paper Centrein Napanee. We hope our Belleville and Trenton friends will make the trip. We have decided to take part in Festivity 2011 at Bay Park Church 775 Progress Avenue off TaylorKidd in Kingston. This is very close to our home , so we hope lots of friends and neighbours stop by. There will be a great selection of trays, woodturning and glass items.
Nov. 19th , you will find us at South Grenville Highschool in Prescott. This is a large sale ( 225 tables) which normally attracts vendors and customers from Montreal, Ottawa and the States.
The final sale of the season will be our biggest display at the R.M.C. Sportsplex. A donation to the food bank is appreciated and once again you will be supporting a worthy cause- activities on the base.
Watch our website in the next week or two for pictures of some of the new items.
There have been a number of changes this summer and fall in both retail locations, shows and some products. We missed the Cloyne Show this summer as our son Jamie got married that week end but we will be back there next year. We have also registered for a new Christmas Craft Sale at the Invista Centre Nov. 20th. It should be a good one with over 40 Vendors. We will be at both The Military Sportsplex Sale and Creativity on Nov. 27th and 28th with the help of Family and friends. The Potters Guild will also be having a sale at the Olympic Harbour that week end. Ron also acquired a trailer this summer which should make it easier to pack up for shows. We are still looking for a show in late October or early November so if you have any suggestions let us know.
September saw the closing of Delvalle’s Art Corner in Vandervoort’s General Store. Delvalle will be opening her new Studio at her home shortly and starting pottery classes. She will still take orders for pieces but will no longer be exhibiting the work of local artists.
We will be exhibiting some pieces at Xanadu Music which is changing to Xanadu Music and Artisans. This well established store on the corner of Princess and Victoria should be a great location to see a representative selction of our work.
We are continuing to do custom cabinet doors for Progressive Kitchens.
This fall we are working on some new kiln wire melts and potmelts and Ron has found some terrific Honey locust wood for turning which should be dry soon. He also is working on some large hollow forms. We are also working on some new tray designs and a few more quilt related pieces. You are welcome to phone to make an appointment to stop by the studio. We have a small display area and other pieces are easily accessible.
I have just finished a new piece for a Charity Fundraiser for the Kingston Children’s Aid Society. The piece will be silent auctioned at a Blues Night held at St. Lawrence College April 24th. All Music passes are sold but dinner tickets are still available. See for more information. You can see a picture and information about the piece in our - entitled I made a somewhat similar piece for the Sweet Adelines Fundraiser to take place in early June.
Happy New Year to all. We hope 2010 brings good health and lots of happiness. January and February are not big Craft Sales months so we spend our time developing new products and replenishing stock. It is the best time to run the kiln so we will be making some new wire and pot melts sandcastings as well as experimenting. Ron is busy starting some new trays, Trees of Life and of course Woodturning. We have decided to stop making the boxes with glass inserts and Quilt Block Inserts. You can’t keep adding new things and continue with all the old. It makes too much to store and transport! If you have any ideas for us to consider making please let us know.
Due to the H1N1 flu going around the South Grenville District High School Craft show ahs been cancelled. The school board has cancelled all after school programs for the next while and this would not leave organizers enough time to adverize etc and let vendors coming from farther away time to make plan changes. Hopefully everyone will be healthy and safe and look for the show next year.
While Ann is off to the big quilt show in Houston, I am going to take a 2 day woodturning course. I will be in Bloomfield (near Belleville Ontario) learning from Paul Ross of Woodchalet Inc. Paul has moved to this area from the Hamilton area and has a very nice shop, studio and teaching setup. I am looking forward to learning a great deal and having my many bad habits corrected. I am very interested in his hollowing setup and with good sales of my woodturnings at Park Dale Public School at the beginning of Oct I may purchase one from him. I will let you know how it goes and post a few pictures of my new creations so check back a little later this week.
We have recovered from the busy week end at the Cloyne Showcase. It was Cloyne’s 150 th birthday so there was lots going on in town- beef barbecues, pancake breakfast, old time fiddling etc. so we had good crowds all week end. Now we are getting ready for Sunday and keeping our fingers crossed hoping for good weather. It is always a great day at City Park with lots of entertainment and fun.
We are packed up and ready to go to set up at the North Addington Education Centre in Cloyne . It is always one of the best shows we do with a great variety of vendors that are not at most of the Kingston Shows. Since we now have access to our son Jamie’s trailer, we could pack even more boxes than before. Ron has 2 full boxes of wood turnings, plus two bowls ( one walnut, one cherry) that were too big to fit into any of our boxes. We will have a great selection of trays, fused glass , jewellry and stained glass panels. This is the only 3 day show that we do , so stop by Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Friday is usually the busiest day. Many cottagers and campers come every year to do their Christmas shopping. Please mention that you read this news posting if you stop by.
If you are in downtown Brockville, stop by Picket Fence Fabrics our newest retail location. As well as great fabrics, a variety of craft items are for sale , now including selected items by Sawdust and Glass.
The Studio and Showroom ( aka Family Room) are all cleaned and set up for the Studio Tour. It is absolutely amazing how many pieces we have once we start unpacking the boxes from the fall and incorporating all the new work from January to now. Ron has made 50 bowls since January 2009! He has a really beautiful new black walnut bowl that is 18 1/2 inches across. The new jewellry is also worth a look as is the new style of hummingbird tray. Pictures will be posted on the website soon.
It is Spring so we are busy planning our spring and summer shows. Ann has been doing some travelling this winter as usual so Ron has had lots of time to turn beautiful new bowls. A new lathe also appeared while Ann was away so look for many new pens, smaller bowls and winestoppers soon. Ann’s trip to Egypt was amazing so look for some new ” Egyptian inspired pieces shortly.
Delvalle’s Art Corner in the Loft at Vandervoort’s hardware is quickly becoming the prime location to shop for local art in Kingston so we’ve been busy keeping the store stocked with woodturnings and glass. “California Poppies” was a great eye catching piece in the window for Valentine’s and now a large “LoneStar ” Quilt block is stopping traffic on Princess Street. Please drop in to see some of our work and the work of 14 other local artists.
The Limestone Quilters Guild is having a Sewing Room Sale Wed. April 1 in the Gym at the Senior’s Centre 56 Francis Street. Ann will be there with a display of mainly quilt related glass, jewellry and boxes ( with a few other items) Admission is free.