Wally becomes a leading economic indicator and Tom discovers “Extreme Craft” (and vice versa)

New cartoon! With depressing economic indicators constantly beating on our brains all the time, it’s not surprising that my latest Wally adventure features a connection between the 1930s and the present. I’ll be pitching this one to my galleries and retail customers this week, and we’ll be drawing it on a bunch of mugs, plates and bowls that will be loaded in the kiln on Wednesday. If you have any specific designs or custom orders you need, be sure and let us know ASAP as Kelly is leaving on her academic world tour later this week. I’ll miss working with her but I’m so glad she’s going on this amazing trip. Her “Semester at Sea” destinations include: Spain, Morocco, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Japan and Hawaii. All I can say is, “Wow!”

Good news! My first week on Etsy had a nice little success. I was chosen by Garth Johnson of Extreme Craft as one of the featured artists of the week and my “Lost in Space” plate got pitched to all Etsy subscribers in a mass emailing. Garth is quite possibly the world’s leader in championing weird and wonderful craftspeople and the stuff that they make. I’m totally geeked about his blog that features everything from watermelon bras to people who create their own superhero costumes and weapons. I highly recommend exploring this site and reading his insightful posts. With an MFA in ceramics from Alfred and a lifetime of exploring all facets of the craft world, this guy is my new hero. As the other Garth would say, “I am not worthy!!!”

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