On May 20th, I had the privilege of hosting my second workshop ever, and this time it was at Something Vintage Rentals.
I started getting to know the ladies at this space beginning August of 2017 when they first reached out to me with a plate design they were interested in collaborating on. Ever since then, I have been amazed by the poise and grace they show in their business and what it represents. I have said this before, but pottery is a humbling craft. So much of the process, you can not control. And that which can be controlled has to be adapted, perfected, and then followed with precision in order to maintain consistency. Throughout the months working with SVR on creating a design that what was outside of both my comfort zone and theirs, I have learned an incredible amount while being continually blessed by the joy exuded in what they do. As you can imagine, when they asked me to teach a workshop at their space, I could not turn the opportunity down.
The days leading up to the event were all so exciting. Amidst already having a lot going on, any chance I got to pull away and focus on putting together details for this workshop felt like a mini-vacation. Since this was going to be in an off the charts space, I wanted it to be an off the charts event. The moment guests walked through that turquoise door, into what is called "The Vault," I wanted them to feel like royalty.
From the food to the gifts, record player, and table settings, my hope was to create an atmosphere that amplified creativity. Saturday, before the event, I made a huge batch of sourdough apple cider doughnuts, various kinds of quiches, etc. I was delighted when Cordial Coffee and Green Heart Juice Shop gifted drinks for everyone.
At each individuals seat, I had a special gift waiting for them. Included was my favorite book on pottery (which featured two artists who have always been inspirations to me), a handmade apron by Mary Claret, and a mini gold and white ring dish made me.
Although all the details were so much fun to put together, none of it compared to the creativity, enthusiasm, and new friendships brought about by all eighteen attendees. I loved having the chance to share some of what I love with you all!
Special thank you to my sister, Tovala Olmstead, for being my right hand and for capturing the day in photographs so beautifully.