The Pottery fair is so much fun! It's a great show for pottery, but is also family oriented with things for the kids to do, like in claytown, glaze your own raku where they can watch their own piece be fired... they are fasinated with that, and the adults are usually very interested as well. If I may, (excuse my proper British politeness...) the website for my ceramic guild is www.ceramicguild.com
and it will have pottery fair info on it. Anyone in the Central New York area might want to check it out.
As far as shows go, I did Art shows for 26 years or so, but unfortunately went through a divorce and the kids lived with me for a while... and I didn't do shows for about 10 years till the kids were all good, through college, except my youngest, that still lives with us, is 17. My other two are 24 and 22. They, my wife and all the family are my other loves in life, with pottery being a close 2rd. This year is my first year back. The website/internet thing is very new for me. I only started throwing on the wheel again in this last year. I used to do 9 shows a year, and was represented by 5 galleries. One gallery, that's no longer, use to sell my pottery as fast as I could make it!! Wood fire is new for me. I decided to go this direction as it was more "me". I'm a nature/outdoorsman. I made very attractive "blue flow" glaze items in an electric kiln before. Very predictable with a high success rate. With wood firing, you give up SO much control to the kiln...very exciting, and fustrating at times.
Students..., I've been an Art teacher for almost 30 years, I can retire in two, I'll be 55, and persue my Art full time. I'm almost excited.
I teach middle school in an inner city school district. Shall we say "challenging" at times?? Some GREAT students here too though!!! Speaking of, I need to prep for them. They will be here in 20ish minutes. We are doing glazing today and Tuesday. I also teach them drawing, painting, ceramics and more... Thanks for asking. Bill