Panopoly: Ceramic art and craft, by Lynae Zebest

The Pledge

I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

I joined up. If one of my holiday gifts can be handmade without placing it impossibly out of my price range, I’m going handmade. Because it’s worth it.

Hard at Work

I’ve almost got a kiln’s worth of beads and sundries to fire. I’ve made some plain beads, fancy beads, test tiles, and one vase. I’d like to add a mug to the mix too.

I’m still working on the layout for this blog–need a better photo to use for the header image.

Speaking of photos, the last two days I’ve been doing a drawing to use as a promotional postcard for my store. Yesterday I got it scanned in, cleaned it up, and added some text. Today I did some last-minute touch-ups. I always end up drawing too many lines on my pen and ink drawings, it seems.

Anyway, here it is:

Promo Postcard: Front

Now time to get back to that mug…

I Got Mentioned…

(Okay, I know this is supposed to be just my crafty blog, but my personal blog isn’t up and running right now, sooo…)

…By Dr. Hal himself! Last week I was at his show and asked a question, and am referred to as “luscious” in the promo material for this week’s show. Awesome!

I’m hard at work today on things I will write about shortly, but in the meantime, I’ve added a lot of new photos to Flickr in the last few days.

Supplies

I have this love/hate relationship with commercial supplies on Etsy. I mean, I sell destashed supplies myself; I just listed some today. And I like buying from Etsy people, particularly those who otherwise contribute to the site. I like supporting Etsy and its awesome design and great interface. I want the commercial supplies to be there, and not just because I sell them.

But I worry, because soon I’m going to be selling my handmade supplies, and I feel like even non-supply items on Etsy often get overwhelmed by commercial supplies. I’d like there to be a way for them to be there but only if you look for them. For example, commercial supplies don’t show up in searches unless you search for “commercial supplies.” I wouldn’t want to cut down on people’s sales, but I don’t think it would because, well, I’m pretty sure most people who buy supplies are looking for supplies.

It gets complicated, though, because of things like the Time Machine. It’s not fair not to include them at all…but maybe, once again, you’d have to opt in to see newly listed supplies? And the front page…well, it should probably stay how it is.

I’m not an expert; these are just my thoughts. I want to have my cake and eat it too, I guess. But in this cake I think that’d work just fine.

You Gotta Start Somewhere

This will soon be a very pretty non-generic-looking blog full of entries about the crafting process, reviews of other people’s crafts, and of course, showing off the stuff I make. I promise.

In the meantime, please feel free to browse around my store, here:

Panopoly Creations: Alluring objects for the urban decadent.