New York International Gift Fair, Gleena, & Karen Karnes Show! June 06, 2013 07:44

So much has happened since I committed to  being in the studio full-time just a week ago!  Most importantly, I'm not in an office cubicle right now! First off, I've decided to jumpstart the wholesaling I've been doing by exhibiting at NYNOW, formerly the New York International Gift Fair!  NYNOW draws 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and 80+ countries.  Held New York City, the Fair hosts 2,800 exhibiting companies showcasing the very best lines across the home, lifestyle and gift spectrum. Since it's only me in the studio, I've already started preparations for what I expect to be a busy holiday season.  This will be my first wholesale show, and I'm super excited!  I'm in the Handmade section, booth 9574. NAquillano_salt&pepper So, yesterday I spent the morning hanging out in Providence with my mentor and friend Asya Palatova of gleena, who makes a mean cup of joe, and also does the gift fair on a regular basis!  Check out her work if you get a chance, it is simply elegant and thoughtful, much like her! [caption id="attachment_811" align="aligncenter" width="275"]gleena ceramics gleena ceramics[/caption] And finally, if you're near Concord, MA this weekend, be sure to check out the Karen Karnes and Mark Shapiro show Collaboration/Co/Elaboration at Lacoste Gallery!  It's a joint exhibition featuring work from Ms. Karnes' recent retrospective, vessels by Mark Shapiro, and new work made in collaboration between the two.  I stopped by the other day and it was absolutely stunning to see so much amazing work in one spot. [caption id="attachment_812" align="aligncenter" width="125"]Mark Shapiro and Karen Karnes Mark Shapiro and Karen Karnes[/caption]