About


Purpose of the AdHD Potter Blog
The main purpose of this blog is to share my experiences of trying to find balance while establishing an Etsy shop and taking care of my family and myself.  This includes the Etsy business and general life organizing tips.  There will be interviews from the owners from my favorite Etsy shops, sharing their business process as well as sharing their personal experiences on how they keep their lives balanced and find their creative energy.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I am a stay at home mom with two busy little boys, one in kindergarten and one in first grade and beautiful daughter in college.  In addition to working out and general family duties, if I am not creating I tend to be thinking about or looking for my inspiration for my next project.

Art has always been a strong draw in my life.  Whether I am in the studio or working on a project in my home to make it a more enjoyable, functional space for my family, I am definitely in my most joyful state of mind when I am in able to be creative. 

How do you find balance in your life?
Honestly, I really struggle to find balance.   If I could be in the studio 7 days a week 14 hours a day, I’d be very happy.   
Generally the only time I can spend in the studio is when my two youngest children are in school and sometimes in the evenings. 
Currently, I am working out like a maniac trying to fight this aging thing but mostly my schedule revolves around my little guys and their events.  Normally, I use my planner to keep track of all of the tasks and events and have recently started to schedule down time for myself otherwise I will keep working until I go to bed.
   
How did you get the Etsy bug?
Shortly after reading an interview about a fellow potter selling their work on Etsy, I signed up for my own Etsy shop.  Plus, I love unique handmade items and enjoy finding special gifts and household items in other Etsy shops.

How do you organize your Etsy business in your home environment?

It took me a few attempts to sort everything out because pottery is pretty bulky a little bit of a challenge to store.  My house has very limited storage but fortunately I have my "California basement" or third car garage and everything fits pretty neatly into one area.  

I have had a few little panic attacks because I couldn't find a piece right away that ended up selling, so I was motivated to figure out a system that could handle more or less inventory at any give time. 

Currently all of my glazed pottery is stored in bins and clear totes on large bakers racks next to my packing station.  It's generally stored and sorted by type of item and or general color.

I have a ton of shipping supplies.  At first it was a little bit of challenge to figure out how and where to store them and initially made pvc racks to keep them contained.  Then moved the smaller boxes and other packing supplies and boxes in a cabinet in the garage and store the larger outer shipping boxes on the top shelves of  my bakers racks. 
For easy access, I keep my packing peanuts a in a tall large 50 gallon lidded garbage can and use a small basket to scoop the peanuts out.  This way I am not having to wrestle with the giant bag of peanuts or spilling them all over the garage.


Where would you like to be in ten years?
One day I’d love to have an artisan based company like Mackenzie-Childs where the entire focus is about handmade and quality items with the infrastructure to support my creative direction with very little financial worry.
 

What inspires you?
Everything! I am definitely moody and excitable...but mostly people inspire me; especially those who are open, honest and excited and passionate about life.   
I love unique and unusual things made with TLC. 
There aren’t any specific styles that I am attached to because I like most any style when it's well done and not over done.  I love the drama of zebra stripes and animal prints to a warm natural tranquil earthy environment to a stark stainless and clean lines of a polished concrete environment. 

Tracey Crockett