This past weekend, I was one of 10 artists who participated in the Southern Ideal Home Show at the fairgrounds in Raleigh. It was a nice mix of work, 2-D and 3-D, and all the artists were friendly and fun. This is the first time that visual artists have been invited to participate in the Raleigh show, but there have been artists at the Greensboro show for several years.
Load-in was pretty easy – I snagged a spot right beside the door. (Can I park a car, or what?!)
I’ve gone to similar shows in the past, and you couldn’t stir folks with a stick. This show had nowhere near that level of attendance, but I went prepared to demo, so I got a lot of work done over the three days. Here is a shot of my travel workbench setup.
I pulled the drawer out of my big workbench in the studio and clamped it onto a small folding table. Then I clamped the bench pin/anvil, clamped on one of those bendy-neck lamps, and I was in business! The cart that holds all the tools weighs a ton, though.
Here are a couple of necklaces that I finished at the show. They are both reversible, enameled copper. The blue and green/red and green one has a copper chain and jump rings. The blue and green/purple and green one has a sterling silver chain with fine silver jump rings and catch. If you are interested, they are listed in my Etsy shop.