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Wednesday, March 04, 2015


Ww WON!!!! Thanks to all who voted for us and to those who support us every day of the year!

Sunday, February 08, 2015

SCORE Small Business Championship!

Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts is honored to be entered in the SCORE Small Business Championship, in which two small businesses from each state have an opportunity to win $1000 from Sam's Club, an all-paid trip to a SCORE celebratory symposium/training, and a full-year of additional SCORE mentoring. Since SCORE Wilmington was involved from the start of Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts eight years ago, we have grown and flourished under their guidance, workshops, and more.  We are on the "Top-Rated" list's first page right now in this championship and could use your vote!  Please watch our video and vote here.

You can vote now through February 12 when the voting ends and the judging begins. 


 Let me tell you the story of creating our video!  Pat Holleman, President of Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts, and I determined to make this video, restricted to 30-60 SECONDS!  We prepared the script, she delivered it, and I served as videographer…..I with absolutely NO video experience (except what I produced for a brief demo for a SCORE workshop many months ago, thank you Toya Wilson-Smith.)

So we met last Sunday at our gallery, ready to do it with script, iPad, and tripod in hand, and we determined to do it BEFORE the gallery was to open at noon.  Since neither of us have video-editing experience, it had to be one take!  But of course, there must have been 20+ takes in a 2+ hour span of time.  But first there were issues with my iPad brightness and then sound, her Galaxy and my tripod, barking dogs in the hallway and at our favorite coffee shop 2 doors down (Java Dog), people walking in before we opened, getting the tripod NOT to creak as I turned it to view most of the gallery, and on and on.  There was a lot of laughing and groaning together (we can be silly at times!), and this is the final result!

So now we need your help to keep us in the running.  SCORE Wilmington has been instrumental in our success, and we are very grateful to Sara Raleigh, our lead mentor, for the support and encouragement shown in our short but successful 8-year enterprise.

WISH US LUCK!!!

We will certainly let you know the results!

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Thursday, February 05, 2015


You can go directly to the link below or click the "Watch Video" button on our FB Page @Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts or @Scarf It Up! to vote for us in the SCORE Small Business Championship. Please add your vote(s). http://championship.score.org/entry/8431760

Sunday, February 01, 2015


Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts in the SCORE Small Business Championship! Please vote for us: http://j.mp/1BMWVmO

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Remember the ROADKILL????

There's always a story!  I told one of them a while ago about the REAL roadkill.  Today I learned of another, once again relating to my work.  If you haven't read the first one (or if you just haven't got the stomach for it!), here is another.

I had coffee with my friend Sandy today, and she is a hoot!  She had asked me a while ago to make her a nuno felted brooch to "match" her array of animal prints.  I gladly complied because I had a number of such prints in silk that would felt into the wool nicely.  Here it is - er….um….was!:

Today she told me that she wore it to some friends' house on an evening when she had outfitted herself from head to toe in animal prints.  Some time later, she realized that she didn't have he brooch but had no idea where she might had left it or lost it.  After scouring everywhere, she gave up on it - and never told me…UNTIL TODAY!

Months later, she returned to this same friend's house where friend produced an almost unrecognizable "animal!"  What happened, you might ask…..it had apparently fallen off while she was entering her car after the dinner, where it subsequently was run over by her own car and probably several others before being discovered in the driveway.  Such is the outcome of the Roadkill Brooch - not to be outdone by the roadkill scarf!

I think I'll have to make her another with care instructions included.  You can't leave your "animal" in the driveway and expect it to survive!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

The Perfect Rationale!

I've been absent from blogging mostly because I've been so busy - lots to report!  The result of the "lots to report" is that my house - truly almost the entire house - is in disarray due to my new passion for wet and nuno felting!  I don't have a studio per say; I have storage and some work space upstairs in the bonus room (called a FROG - Finished Room Over Garage in NC!).  But the only place I can do the wet felting is in my kitchen.  Here is where and how I must store my supplies:

  • The merino wool roving and other fibers are in the laundry room.
  • The silk and other fabrics - which consist of thrift store scarves, dresses, skirts (the larger size the better!) - are both in the laundry room AND in an under-bed storage container underneath the bed in the bonus room (which also serves as a guest room when needed where I can actually sleep SIX if needed!)
  • Yarn, buttons, beads, sewing machine, threads, recycled jewelry, etc. are upstairs.
  • Most of my knitting needles and crochet hooks are in my everything bag with some additional ones upstairs.
  • Felting tools (bubble wrap, solar pool, cover, rug mats, palm washboard, netting, pool noodles, towels, soap) are stored in both the laundry room and in one of the cupboards in the family room (right off the kitchen!)
  • My work space for felting has to be in the kitchen because I have a large island at counter height on which I can spread the pool covering.  It is still not large enough to consider doing another seamless vest, so that may be a one and only.  More about that in another post!  And I need access to hot water!
I think that covers it!  Thinking I'll need to stash it all today as we are having some guests over tonight for dinner.  Planning my precious work time and space is critical (but really I'd just like to leave it all in place so I could work at my leisure!

To be continued……….!

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