Three weeks have gone by since my last post. A great deal has occurred here at The Peace of Art in that time. Now we find ourselves racing toward opening day & our Grand Opening event... I hope it's an event. If you are reading this, come join us on Saturday, August 6th for our Grand Opening!
There is so much to do that I feel sure we could never possibly be ready to open on time. It's just like report card time at school though, it all gets done one way or another. We'll be ready. I have been working on art quite a bit, which feels like cheating. I have to remind myself, almost like pinching myself, that creating art is now my job :0)
I need to mix in some business, to focus on learning our POS system. I also need to get the fish tank ready finally for our fish friends from home that are moving into the studio. That is what I will be doing next, testing the tank water to make sure the nitrate level has come down. Eva is working on decor and window information postings with her new Silhouette. It's cool. She is quite talented and I could not have asked for a more wonderful partner in life and to get this business going. I am sure our guest artists will love what she has to offer!
For now, that's all I have to say. We're clicking along and I should get back to it. See you August 6th!!!
Thanks for reading :0) - Brent
The Equipment Arrives
On Thursday the equipment was delivered an hour before it was supposed to, an hour before my neighbor was going to generously help me unload the pallets with his forklift. He, nor his forklift were available, so I asked a different neighbor, the owner of Reliable Auto Glass. Outstanding guy!... John bent over backward to help me unload and put into position four pallets with kilns, potters' wheels, and more. The gas kiln was a beast and it took 5 guys and a forklift to shift it into place. Thanks fellas!
I purchased my equipment from Seattle Pottery Supply, which is actually a place I used to work about 20 years ago, right before I started teaching. They were outstanding in every way. The equipment showed up wrapped and crated amazingly well, such attention to detail in protecting my equipment is outstanding. They also included additional notes of instructions to go with the manuals of things, for extra clarity. All of this is greatly appreciated... Thank you!
Now, with the equipment, I am ready to rock and roll (almost :0)
Transforming Self And Surroundings
Since school ended I've been hard at work transforming the space into the studio. Along with it, I am transforming from teacher to businessman, with artist inside chomping at the bit to get started already! Here are some pictures of the transformation process, including these before and after shots of the floor and painted walls.
Step by step the studio is taking shape. 5 weeks until opening day :0)
Thursday was my last day of school. Friday was truly my last day, after moving out and cleaning my classroom of the last 10 years. Strange experience, like many I have had throughout this process, it felt somewhat surreal. But now I am done and it feels good.
The last few days of school were quite an experience as well. I received a great deal of compliments and kind sentiments, hugs (some with tears), and some sincere love. It is typically difficult for me to receive compliments, as I am quite hard on myself, but receiving this outpouring of appreciation for what I have meant to my school community was amazing and appreciated.
On Wednesday we held a promotion ceremony for the 5th graders, a passing on from elementary to middle school. Everything went off smoothly, starting with playing my guitar with the kids for our opening song. We were through two of the classes, including mine, and were on the last few kids, when it hit me and I was overwhelmed with emotion. After the last student was done sharing his favorite memory of elementary school and receiving his certificate, our principal announced to the audience (the families of 88 students) that their teachers would like to say a few words. Immediately I thought, “You’ve got to be kidding me. I can’t talk right now.”
Both of my teammates spoke and then as I was ascending the stairs onto the stage one of them chose to say, “This year we’re not just saying goodbye to our 5th graders, but we are also saying goodbye to a teammate.” Right as I was supposed to take the microphone and speak, he really brought the tears. My emotion got the better of me for a moment and I could not speak. Thankfully the audience applauded and gave me a moment to collect myself. I spoke, said goodbye and how much I appreciated all of them and their acceptance of me for the last 10 years. Of course, couldn’t have avoided it if I wanted to, I gave a plug for The Peace of Art. It was quite a moment.
Afterward the outpouring of love and appreciation flowed. I took many pictures with kids and families. I gave out many business cards, hoping to say, “See you later,” rather than, “Goodbye.” And then I walked to class where I ran into one of my students. We had an interesting relationship and I really didn’t know if I had made a positive impact or not or how he felt about me. However, at this moment, on the second to last day of school, he chose to open up to me. I tried to say the right words and show him the love and support that every kid needs, and all I can do is hope I left him with a positive feeling and a boost to his confidence. That’s all I ever wanted as a teacher, to leave a positive influence and boost kids’ confidence.
The remainder of the day was filled with emotional moments too. It was a crazy day. As I lay in bed that night, replaying the day’s events in my mind as I always do, the collection of everything hit me all at once and again a wave of emotional rolled over me. Saying goodbye is not easy, but it turned out to be a joyous experience that filled me with positive energy and boosted my confidence… A little irony perhaps.
Now it is over and I am 100% into The Peace of Art. I couldn’t be more thrilled! I am so excited to jump into the next phase of setting things up… A little reconstruction of some walls :0) Let’s get building.