Despite all the pressures of the factory-made mass market, there are all kinds of resources on the Interwebs for small craft artists. I'm grateful for their presence -- they were really helpful for planning, as I'm sure they will be for plan execution. I'm so happy to have been juried into Boston Handmade, and to get to know a group of smart, talented makers. But life is all about change, and the group has shut down after eight years and a pioneer in the burgeoning small craft movement in Boston. Hats off to Jessica Burko, Boston Handmade's founder. The Boston Handmade website will remain up for the time being and it is chock-full of great information, and you can read Jessica's final post for the group. Happily, there is a new group forming. While its scope and presence are still being defined, it will remain a group of artists with similar goals who can exchange ideas and provide mutual support.
Here's a pic of the Chen Clan Temple in Guangzhou -- Chan, Chen, and Chin are all variant spellings of the same Chinese surname; Chen is the formal pinyin spelling (Chan is the romanization of the Cantonese pronunciation; Chin of the Toisanese dialect).
Onward to 2015, and I hope any plans you make for the year ahead are fruitful and delightful.