While our tween/teen camp and regular walk ins happened as usual in store (Thanks Sepehr for your help!), I was on my own adventure outside the store.
Many of you may not realize that we make many of the pottery pieces we have in store ourselves. We have thousands of pottery molds split between the store and my home which I cast whenever it's slow. It takes working at home to a whole different level.
Well, as I plan on moving to a new home (personally, the store isn't moving again anytime soon if I can help it!), the molds I kept there needed a new home. Yesterday myself and my husband Dave, with help some limited help from loved ones, we moved it all. Its dirty back breaking work due to the weight and volume of molds. Each mold weighs between 5lbs to 70lbs on its own. I like to joke its a great work out (you really do gain some great muscles doing this), and my family and friends would all be over weight if it wasn't for me. You need lots of jokes when you have roped your loved ones into moving these multiple times. You also find out who your true friends are, because no one would volunteer for this if they didn't love you.
The day started out with some drama at the truck rental. Apparently they had a rather poor day the day before that was spilling into the next. 3 trucks were out of commission leaving me and 2 others without our reservations at 8am. Alternates were found for all of us after a 1.5 hour delay, but my 16' truck reservation turned into a 26' truck. Not an easy thing to drive in the city. I was successful, and even managed to back it up into the alley behind our home that had about a 1' clearance on either side of the truck without too much trouble. I have much more respect now for drivers that do that in the city on a regular basis with massive trucks.
We started loading around 10am, and as you can see from the picture below there were a lot. To give it more scale, thats a 26' truck practically full (I was standing on the lift gate and technically outside the truck for that photo), and the molds are stacked about 2-3 high. We had already removed most of the shelving and the casting machine before that photo (which is essentially a big heavy bowl with a few motors for mixing and pumping liquid clay through its hose and into the molds). It took us about 3.5 hours to get the truck loaded (we were bringing them up a flight of stairs from our basement and then up the ramp to the truck, which doesn't make it any easier), add an hour travel to its new home and another 3.5 hours to unload (down the truck ramp and up a few more steps).
To add to the adventure, Dave was unlucky enough to get stung by a bee in the truck during the drive to the new location. What makes it news worthy is that it was already dead before it stung him. It appears it must have hit the partially open window and then into the cab of the truck where it fell violently into his wrist. It will be an ongoing joke, because he really did defy all odds with that one.
Well after all of that, we got the truck unloaded and back to rental place by 7pm, went home and crashed.
Today, we are all a little tired and sore, but happy its done. Now we just need to sort them so we can find them as needed for casting. Think it may need to wait a bit before I can ask for volunteers to help with that one...especially since I plan on asking them to help move our home in the near future too.
This week is the last week of school for most kids in Ontario. We have our Afterschool Program Kid's end of year show on Tuesday (tomorrow) from 4:30-7pm. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Feel free to come in and check out the work (some of its amazing!). Our favorites are below.
We also have our last P.A. Day camp for this school year on Friday (26th). Sign up online here or give us a call. We still have limited spaces available in most of summer camps too!
"Toothless" by Zhenzhen Vase by Brendan Panda Glass/Clay Fusion by Emily
Warhol style Penguins by Joy
Well, this Sunday is Fathers Day (June 21st for those of you behind on these matters). We've had so many of you already come in and make your gifts for this super hero in your life including several kindergarden classes in Richmond Hill and as far away as Woodbridge (they were some amazing students!).
If you're behind on getting a gift ready, today is officially the last day for a fired arts gift. If you finish creating today by 7pm, flat glass items will be ready for pick up tomorrow and shaped glass or pottery items will be ready first thing Sunday morning. These dates are also dependant on what we can fit in the kiln, so its first come first serve (we suggest you get in here fast!). If you can't make it today, we still have lots of options for gifts for you truly last minute artists. Canvas painting, acrylic painting on pottery (decorative items only, no food items), and glass painting (these are food safe). We have lots of fun and creative ideas to make it extra special and something he will treasure forever.
And if there was one more important thing we can pass on today its, Don't forget Grampa!!
We thought we would kick off our first blog post with our most exciting news yet. While we know we haven't really been on top of all the new and improved aspects of social media and technology (at least for everything that doesn't relate to our kilns) but we are starting to catch up, and have realized how much FUN it is!
We have finally added technique videos on our website. There are only a few, but they will be expanded upon shortly. Whether you choose to use the videos to try something at home, or just get some knowledge before coming in store, we hope you get good use from them.
Here are the first 2: