RVA International Folk Festival 2017

I was lucky enough to go to the RVA Folk Festival this past weekend. I was so psyched to see all the different musicians and hear what their traditions and cultures had to offer.

My favorite was the Go-Go band Bella Donna from Washington, D.C. They not only sounded great, but had the stage presents to get the whole tent rocking. What a performance on Saturday night.

Bella Donna singer
Guitar player for Bella Donna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The whole weekend was awesome and I hope to have gotten some information from the Army Jazz Band to get some pictures of my Grandfather. More on that if anything materializes.

 

Bitoo Snger from Cabo Verde
Bitoo Snger from Cabo Verde with angle iron instrument

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Harvest

Well, is it really my last harvest? No, but it is close. It is supposed to get to thirty eight degrees tonight, so the garden is about done for the year. I had some good results with tomatoes and tomatillos and they tasted great too. I also had some chilli peppers come up and here are just a few of them. I should have another round  before long. In the pic are cherry tomatoes, trinidad scorpion chillies, a ghost chilli and one tomatillo.

PS- My dog ate all of my tomatoes and my tomatillo, but didn’t eat the peppers. Smart dog!

Last Harvest of 2017 garden

Washington Nationals make the playoffs

My father is a big Nationals baseball fan and he has gotten me interested in professional baseball. Over the past few years he has gotten me to go to several games with him. It is a great avenue for the 2 of us to connect, so I’m all for it.

He landed 2 tickets for game 1 and game 2 of the playoffs and invited me to go with him. I was super excited. Here is a pic of us at game 2 which is the one they won. Yeah.

Both games were difficult for me to watch as game 1 was scoreless and game 2 they didn’t win until the 8th inning which is very frustrating, but it is great they pulled it off.

Pottery Break

I had to stop making work as I cut my finger at work last week. It is amazing how a small injury can be so annoying and inconvenient.  I didn’t get any stitches, but the doc said I shouldn’t  get it wet which limits my pottery making. Also, I type an x every time I want to type a c. Needless to say, that is quite annoying.

I should be up and running (potting) next week. I hope…

-Matt

Kickstarter Ended Unsuccessfully

Well, back to the drawing board.

On the good side, I was introduced to some great people that are interested in helping me create a pottery, so I’m very psyched that happened.

I will continue to make earthenware pottery and show them in and around Virginia. I will also continue to make my wood fired textural pottery and show it internationally.

Thank you all that helped promote and pledged to fund my Kickstarter. It was humbling and motivating to see so many people I don’t know interested in my pottery. Creating a studio/retail space is not over. This is just the beginning…

 

Free Pottery Giveaway

Giveaway on Instagram. If you are on it, look me up to win.

My Instagram account- hardwickhandmade has a giveaway until 8/21 when the winner will be announced of this brightly colored mug. Read and follow the directions on the image above to win. It is food and dishwasher safe. 13oz and ready for your favorite beverage.

Free shipping is offered in the continental US.

Link to my Instagram page is on my home page at the bottom.

Good Luck.

Kickstarter pledges are at 5%

Thanks you so much for going to Kickstarter .com and pledging thousands of dollars for a new studio/retail space for a year. I really appreciate it and with more of the same I should be able to have a pottery up and running in no time. Without you this wouldn’t be possible. Thanks again.

-Matt

Kickstarter is going GREAT!

Thanks so much for all of your pledges and support. It really means alot to me. I have dreamed about having a studio and retail space for so long and your commitment has helped me realize that dream.

I appreciate the help.

Kickstarter is up and running

Please, click on the image above to go to Kickstarter Video

I Kicked off my Kickstarter just 2 days ago and several people have already signed up to fund my pottery. I hope to receive enough money to rent a retail space and studio space in Richmond, VA plus enough clay and glaze materials for the year.

I have asked for $100,000 which will cover my expenses plus my salary for a year and taxes and legal help to run the business. I picked a year time as it is the most difficult time for any budding business to start and maintain.

Carytown or Short Pump are two shopping districts in the Richmond, VA area and I hope to find a space there this fall to make pottery and sell pottery.

All your help is much appreciated,

-Matt

Hello world!

Yes, I have remade my webpage to prepare for my Kickstarter campaign. The store will be up soon with more elegant, yet playful pottery. I’ve made up 4 more colors, so prepare yourself for more bright imagery.