Clayathon 2019 happened this weekend. The plan was to hop in the car early Friday morning, get down there before lunch time, set up my table, and have three full days of productivity and socializing before packing it all back up Monday afternoon and heading home.
Only instead, I came down with a stomach bug Thursday night and was up every few hours being sick. By Friday morning I could do very little more than crawl from bed to bathroom and back again. It wasn’t pretty. So, I spent Friday in bed. Saturday was better. I was able to eat, and I took a shower, but I still spent all day in bed with a fever. Sunday, things were looking up. I even re-unpacked all of my clay stuff and set my work table back up in the dining room. But I was too tired to do anything more than make a single retro cane.
Monday, though… Monday I woke up feeling like myself again. It was glorious. And I had already taken the day off. So Monday became my own personal Clayathon: one day to crank out everything that was on my must-make list for the weekend. It was all of the fun of immersing myself in my craft, but none of the hanging around with friends that I’d been looking forward to. So, it wasn’t ideal, but it was the best I could do with the one day I had.
I did, as it turns out, crank out a lot of work. And I worked all day – first making the pieces, and then sanding, buffing, and otherwise finishing them. And I didn’t do everything I wanted to do. I didn’t make any of the new cane designs I’ve had knocking around my brain. And I didn’t make any new bangle bracelets. But I did fill the orders I needed to fill, and I made a barrette as a gift for my boss, which I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and I made a nice handful of items to put in the shop. They’re there now, if you want to take a peek.
I’ve actually made quite a few improvements to this little shop of mine over the last few weeks, but that probably deserves its own post.