For those of us who are following the progress of LickinFlames, this crate is no real surprise. But what may surprise you is the length of time that it has taken to grow the little flame to the point where we are shipping our display and product to various shows rather than driving it in the Explorer.
We started the LickinFlames idea about four year ago. Although I have been in the clay/pottery business for over 40 years, the whole notion of full-time saggar/obvara/raku work didn’t come about until about 2011…then the tests…the clays…the glazes…the firing and so forth. Then it was the small local shows, then mid-sized shows and then toe dipping into the STITCHES events…then the wholesale shows with The National Needle Arts Association (TNNA for short). All along the way, we listened to our friends in the fiber world and continue to make better product.
We are so grateful for all the folks who have helped us. Some have given us some great ideas…colors or shapes or new products…some folks have purchased from us (thank you for that)…some have introduced us to clients…many many people have shared our work with their friends and family. Behind the scenes we have been helped by welders, woodworkers, sticker makers, laser artists, rock hounds and on and on. You know that saying about taking a village to raise a child…well it takes a whole lot more than one person to do LickinFlames.
Through all this…and while it might be only four years in the making…all this “stuff” crammed into this short period of time, Brenda, has been so supportive…incredibly so.
So the crate is off to Chicago and #STITCHESMidwest. Supportive Brenda and I fly out in about two weeks, one year after the first major test of our product.