March 23, 2009

Monmouth Festival of the Arts, OOPS!, and Taxes.

So here is the work I took in today for the show I am in...
This is my 4th year...It's an interesting venue...It's actually a juried show but I have pasted below how they describe it... The nice thing is that you bring in your work...and walk away! You can visit...etc... but you don't have to stay and be tortured by the selling know what I mean???

Check it out:
The 39th Annual Monmouth Festival of the Arts, New Jersey's largest art invitational, will take place March 28 through April 1 at Monmouth Reform Temple, 332 Hance Avenue, Tinton Falls. It begins with the Artists Reception on Saturday March 28 at 7:30 p.m. The reception is a great opportunity to meet the artists, enjoy a catered cocktail party, and browse the works in all media by more than 200 artists.

Visitors to the Opening Night Reception will also receive a ticket to attend other Festival activities, including artist demonstrations, children's workshops, and evening series art lectures and music from Sunday through Wednesday. Cost for the Gala is $60 advance, $65 at the door. Reservations can be made by calling 732-747-8278 or 732-747-9365.

Now the "OOPS":

Ugly site right.... one of the worst feelings I think...
Well... I had my 8 1/2 year old son Sam in the car as I turned out first corner the boxes shifted and we heard it happen.... I wasn't sure but when I opened the box....but... It's a pretty clean break... So this will probably become a Tavill Household item if I can glaze glue it back together...Mike, however, is tired of the rejects...Hmmmpf.

Which brings me to may last ugly photo:

He's so mad at me 'cause I've blown this off until now...
It sucks.
You know what sucks the most for me...
I look at the numbers from my "business" and think, "WHAT IS THE POINT????"
Look. I know... I don't approach this business in a very efficient manner...
It's my art...But... It is RATHER frustrating. I'll get over it...I always do.
AND CERTAINLY this upcoming year AIN'T gonna be the big fortune maker... so... laying low... Once I'm dead.... TOTALLY COLLECTIBLE!


  1. Show sounds good! I also like the Colorado Potters Guild show because I only have to work 3 hours shift a day for 3 days instead of All DAY LONG every single freaking day...

    I decided not to do the Art Student's League show this year because it's so draining.

    Bummer dude on the breakage.

    Taxes - been there done that this past weekend. Hubby - "Where is such and such? I don't have it." ME - "You know I give all that stuff to you, I don't have it." Him after me looking for said piece of paper for 2 hours, "We'll just declare it as misc. income." Arghhhh. It's only the first quarter of the year. I'm finding some kind of accounting software pronto to avoid similar headache.

  2. Sounds like my dream show! I would love to be able to take my work, set it up and browse for the day.

    Sorry about the breakage. Every potter has been there. It still doesn't make it any easier.

    Taxes....I will just say my business has helped us.

  3. I do the taxes- skirt work I call it- I use quicken and MAKE myself keep up with it during the year.
    Write a check for everything or use a business credit card- instant reciets!
    What a load of pretty pots!

  4. Love those sake sets! Good luck with the show.

  5. Very funny post and of course its ALL dito for me. The rejects,Setting up shows and walking away is the best and the "what's the point" but I DO get my taxes done quickly in the first part of year because we need the money so bad since we blow through my christmas cash!
    Good luck with crunching numbers. I think I'm going to get quickbooks this year! ( of course I might find more scarey figures if I do it that way..who knows)

  6. lots of nice pots, especially those vases. funny comment: "Once I'm Dead, Totally Collectible"... sounds like a marketing slogan

  7. Seeing all your work together in the photo makes a WONDERFUL collection! The colors are calming... I suppose no color is calm enough for taxes though! Breaks stink because even when the piece is fixed to be quasi-functional you can't help but think of when it broke :o(

  8. Ooh, your pieces are soo beautiful! I wouldn't mind any of them as a reject! Sorry about the break though.

    I had a little bit of experience with taxes, then Scott's mother took over! I thought I could do it, but the word "stress" doesn't even come close. I'd love to sell one day, but when I remember taxes - I can wait!

  9. I keep saying I'm going to try Quicken, I hate paperwork. Good luck at the show, can you epoxy repair the piece?

  10. Hope the show is going well! Your pieces look great... Sorry about the broken one!


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