As part of the moving process, I started to clean up the studio and realized I had three large boxes of samples, seconds, and work that no longer fit the aesthetic of my most recent ceramics collection. My partner suggested I hold an auction with friends to sell off these wares and donate the money raised to a non-profit or charity in Austin.
We sent out an invitation to our friends in Austin to come purchase any vessel with a nominal starting bid, so that everyone we love could afford something for their home. We started to put out and arrange all the work and realized it slowly took over every surface possible that could hold something including our filing cabinet, window ledges, and picnic table benches. It was great to see all my work out and how my style has changed over the years. We put small cards in each to have people write their name and bid amount.
Friends came by all afternoon. We drank fresh watermelon and cucumber lime agua fresca and chatted about our plans for San Francisco. It was great to see so many friends on one day, but then also realize that this was not our going away party, and that we would be seeing everyone again in another two weeks.
Towards the end of the night, things started to get heated. Friends lingered by pots they wanted furiously clicking pens to ensure they would get exactly what they wanted in those final countdown seconds. There was even a few last minute wars on some hot ticket items!
In all, we sold everything and raised $601 dollars! This money will be matched by Dropbox Austin, so $1,202 will be donated to Urban Roots, a youth development organization that uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and nourish the community. It was difficult to choose a non-profit, because there are so many doing great work in Austin, but ultimately I took the recommendation of a friend who works with many local non-profits and knew my areas of interest.
This was a great way to give friends handmade ceramics while doing something good for a city we have enjoyed for the past year and a half. I will definitely be continuing this tradition for our next adventure and am excited to have Gopi Shah Ceramics be able to give back to the community.