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Creativity and business going hand in hand

My goal was to have a booth at the hottest place for selling crafts, The Renaissance Faire. Entries were strictly judged. There was lots of competition. The red clay hanging planters were nice, but only as a way of adding variety. They were made by pushing slabs of clay into plaster moulds. We used moulds that were no longer useful for commercial factory production. Sorting through piles of rejects to find useful shapes was rather fun. Like finding treasures on the beach.

If the plates had better decorations we thought they would be more popular. Jerry made lots of delightful drawings suitable for slip trailing. The new offerings got me a booth at the Ren Faire. I was on my way. Lugging ceramics around was a heavy job. Seeing jewelers pack up all their stock in a suitcase at the end of each day was a revelation. But I’m not a jeweler. I’m an architect transformed into a potter.

Fun at the Renaissance Faire

For a few years I had booths at the Southern and Northern California Faires. In the beginning my booths were not as full as you see here. Those were carefree times. Business was good, I enjoyed the work and felt passion towards the enterprise.

Parts of tag for the hand fabricated plates

Businesses grow or die.

Somewhat reluctantly

I moved on.

It had been a great ride.

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Forty years later I’m still wearing these necklaces

I wear the African waist band around my neck.


Michael Heinz made the necklace you see on the right as a beautiful substitute for the Zuni shell necklace that I lost by accident.