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Etsy Store is stocked again!

To help with holiday shopping, I have more bookmarks in the Etsy store.

I have also added a few of the “Inspire” Artist Trading Cards (also known as ACEOs, for “Art Cards, Editions and Originals”) in both glazed and bisque versions. My original plan for the trading card tiles was to offer them in bisque so that those interested in learning to glaze might have a sturdy, less-expensive canvas for practicing. I also hoped to use them for their traditional purpose, which is for trading between artists. I love the idea of being able to swap techniques in this way, because I have always found so much value in being able to really look at someone else’s work up close.

That hasn’t come to pass yet. I fear that I fell behind with all my projects after my surgery earlier this year, and I haven’t yet managed to catch back up. Eventually there will be some realistically colored samples, though! In the meantime, pick up some of the bisques if you would like to try some glazing.

And here is a more traditional Trading Card, done on paper with ink, Copic markers and colored pencils. I was experimenting with the card in anticipation of a project for the upcoming Bring Out Your Chinas Convention. I’ll post a little more about that soon.

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Breakables Challenge Awards

I leave in just a few days for the North American Nationals and BreyerFest. I haven’t attended the event in the last few years, so I am really looking forward to seeing old friends. I also plan to take lots of pictures so I can share them here. For those readers that aren’t involved in the equine collectibles community (as I’ve recently learned many here are not), BreyerFest is an annual event sponsored by Reeves International for collectors of their Breyer model horses. Almost as soon as it began, it became the defacto national gathering place for those interested in three-dimensional equine collectibles of all kinds.

The North American Nationals (usually just called “NAN”) is the national competition for the model horse industry. NAN rotates coasts every other year, so that on even-numbered years it is held in conjunction with BreyerFest. BreyerFest draws a large number of people from all over the world to Lexington each year, and for those years that it is paired with the Nationals it is larger still.

This year the event has another draw for those of us involved in the ceramic end of the industy. Maggie Barkovitz has brought back the all-ceramic show “Breakables“.

I am bringing along some green art glazed “Inspire” tiles for the winners of the Breakables Blackberry Lane Challenge class. I’m hoping to include some matching bookmarks, too, if my order for the brass blanks gets here in time.

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