I'm excited to be leading a SOLD OUT workshop at the Craft and Folk Art Museum on March 1 from 7 to 9 pm on how to create ceramic wall hangings! Using a variety of pre-fired beads, coils, bells, and countless ceramic pieces, participants will learn to learn to thread, tie, and string their own wall hanging. To see more information, click here.
The other morning I woke up to an email in my inbox from Emily at Wholesale in a Box titled 4 Reminders for Days When It All Seems Pointless. Honestly, I was going to read the post, but later in the day since I tend to get distracted in the morning and then find myself in an emotional ball at 11 am not having stepped inside the studio yet thinking "What's the point? The day is over anyway...". She sent me a personal email linking the article and thanking me, and I wondered, "Where is this coming from?", so I ended up clicking the article and there started my morning ball of emotions over my morning coffee.
Emily recounted opening an order her husband placed with me for a speckled white mug that she had been wanting for some time. Etan ordered this present for Emily around the holidays, and hoping to create something special and one of a kind for them, I decided to send two mugs that they could both enjoy customized with the letters "E+E" under the handles.
Emily and Etan helped launch my business through their business, Wholesale in a Box, and feeling thankful for their support and confidence in me and my business at a time where I felt like I was a nobody, I wanted to do something that showed my gratitude. Emily wrote, in a beautiful way, something that was so meaningful to me and made me overwhelmed with appreciation:
Nestled in the newspaper are, indeed, two mugs with a sweet “E+E” stamped under the handles. They’re gorgeous. And bigger than we expected. And feel just right in your hand. I immediately start crying. They’re just mugs, of course. But the combination of Etan’s thoughtful gift and Gopi’s creative, lavish generosity and the loveliness of the mugs themselves -- plus the affirmation of the value of what we do in our business -- it just all meant so much. And, in the months following, every time we use our mugs we feel that same gratitude, groundedness, and joy, just in using them.
It sounds crazy to me that something I make has such a profound impact on another person, but hearing this from Emily made me tear up. There are so many days that I have no idea what I am doing or I ponder why I am doing what I am doing. Then I receive an email or comment like this, and everything comes into place. I haven't met Emily or Etan (I'm hoping to this summer!), but I almost feel like they already know me. We have this intimate relationship through something I created with my hands that they use and hold every day. And that is why I do what I do.
I'll be participating in the "For The Babes" pop up at California Drifters on February 10th from 10 am to 3 pm. I'll be in good company with lifestyle boutique Burke Mercantile, florist Crimson and Clover, and jeweler Lateral Drift. It will be a fun event, so come hang out with all of us, grab a present for a loved one, and drink some champagne and eat some donuts!
In November, I was contacted by a production company to star in a commercial about the accounting software, Quickbooks, for my small business! Over 50 people came to my garage studio to film me for a full day shoot.
The day started at 7 am when security, wardrobe, and hair and makeup came by and ended at nearly 7 pm when we did the last shot of me opening my garage door (which was actually the opening scene!). The art department set my studio up to look nice on camera, our driveway was filled with the film crew's gear and personnel, and Intuit was set up in our backyard with stadium seating so they could see the commercial being shot.
During breaks of filming, I was photographed by the incredible Magdalena Wosinska for stills for the campaign. I was also able to chat a bit with the production and film crews as well as the client.
Did I feel like a celebrity? Yes. Did everyone in my neighborhood think I was a celebrity? Yes. It's ironic - for growing up in LA, I don't have many friends in the film industry, but I moved back to LA and six months later starred in a commercial. It was an incredible experience, and I have been overjoyed with messages coming in from friends across the country exclaiming they saw me on TV. The best was on Christmas when my family was watching a football game and then all of a sudden my face was on TV. My entire family screamed with excitement!
Never would I have thought I'd be in a commercial for my business, but really thankful to showcase my small business and my hard work.
Come visit me at Unique LA Holiday 2017 show December 2-3 Booth 140 at the California Market Center! I'll be sharing a booth with my good friend Claire Sommers Buck who is coming all the way from Austin!
Shop from more than 400 independent designers and makers selling everything from home goods, clothing, gourmet edibles, ad so much more! Tickets can be purchased for $15 here, which includes a tote bag, DJ's spinning all day, free photobooth fun with Oh! Snap, free drinks + snacks from Califia Farms + GT's Kombucha, cocktails from Amaro Angelino and Ventura Spirits, kids area from OOLY and DIY projects by Art Camp + Hush Beauty Labs.