It's true, the days until the holidays are slipping away more quickly than I can keep track of. My lists are too long. I'm up early and to bed late. And my knitting projects... seem to keep leaping up and biting me. Really... when you take out 16 rows of section 7 of a Charlotte... you know you're in trouble... and you can't help but weep (at least a bit)... and you realize that lifelines are smart (and you wish you'd run one way back when). It's humbling. Some projects... are on track. But some things just won't happen, and gradually I'm seeing that.
And, this year as I've pondered this and that for holiday giving, I've found myself looking more and more at the work of independent artisans and craftspersons. I want to support other artists .... like me.
I've found sooooo many things at Etsy I love. Daily I find something new... it's true. And, I don't tend to give pottery... but really, I keep running into fabulous pottery... pottery that makes me oooh and aaah because it's sweet or stunning or happy or sentimental or bold or some combination of all of that. There are several sellers at Etsy that I keep returning to...
But, I do have orders in for "Doodle Mugs" by the Camano Island Pottery. You can see two examples of these above. I love the clean graphic look of them. They're crisp... but the small colored dots... such a whimsical touch even in the middle of what's really an architectural feel. Given how many of you love black and white, line art, and things that are bound and framed and gridded and full of pattern and dense visual texture... I wanted to point them out to all of you. I'm showing a few other samples of his work here, too. I have several pieces from the CIP, and they are beautiful. I don't have anything like the Doodle Mugs though... so I'm looking forward to seeing those in person... and giving them.
(Doodle mugs are $40 each. If you're interested, you might have to custom order... and quick! 'Tis the season.)