I know, I know. When you think of crafting you may not always think of leather work, sewing, gourd making, etc as crafting, but I do. I’m setting up this table as a way to finally have a designated spot to do what I love doing. My little area outside the shop. I know it’s a messy table, but that’s because I’m not done organizing the area. I brought most all my crafting tools to the table and now I’m trying to figure out what I need to get organized. I’ve put up some shelves so far, but the area needs a lot more. I’m excited about it. I’ll keep an update of it as I go. Here’s to more of my creations of art. :)
I miss working with clay. I've mainly only mixed my natural clay and built coil pots and fired them in an open fire. I really don't have access to natural clay anymore so I have tried buying some pre mixed clay that seamed to be similar to what I would mix. I have not had time to test fire it yet, but I miss mixing and working with clay. I think I have too many hobbies that I just can't get enough time for. I bounce around between them and never get to fully fulfill my intentions. I don't have time at the moment to build any coil cooking pots, but I hope to very soon (just like everything else, lol). This image shows a pot I've done in the past. It has a red ocher slip on the outside. It came out great. I truly wish I could continue to gather my own clay and do it all from scratch. There's nothing like finding a clay source and testing it to see how good it is. Or to try and make not so pure clay still work. To make it easier for now I'll have to use the premixed clay. Well, here's to hoping for more time. :)
I've always have loved to make things with my hands. All growing up I found things to make from woven string bracelets to leather work. I preferred staying home to make things rather than go out to a party or have fun in other ways. Now that I'm all grown up and still growing up, I still prefer to stay at home when ever I can to make something rather than go out and tour the city. The only difference now is that I don't have much time to do the crafts that I enjoy. Work gets in the way of my hobbies as it does with most of us and when we have time we are tired and have less energy than we once did especially if you have kids like I do.
I feel I have even less time now with a job and a family and my side art that I make and sell. My crafts are more of a hobby because I can never find the time to work on them and selling them may cost too much for most people. The time that goes into making some things I don't feel I could ever get paid what it's really worth. Either way I don't want to not offer it for sale either. I will start to add crafts to my crafts section as I finish projects. There will be very few and the price may or may not reflect all the time put into the project. I'll have to decide that when I list it.
My crafts will consist of a variety of things. Leather work, coil pots, gourds, or any other mixture of materials used to make them "my way". They are made with love since they are done in my "spare" time and I do my best to use natural materials. I hope you'll enjoy viewing them if you are not purchasing them. Fun Fun Fun. :)