Phoenix Rising Pottery Studio Update….

Wow…

It’s been a long time since I posted an update.

Life’s been absolutely insane with keeping up a crazy schedule, basement flooding due to record rain, a leaky roof (under warranty and now fixed) and some other less tan fun challenges.

I am still going to get holiday cards out.  I’ve decided that Summer Solstice is the next best thing to sending them out for Winter Solstice… .right?

Just when I thought I was over the cold from hell, I got hit with the nasty virus that’s been making the rounds up here in the PNW (and thanks to air travel, some other places as well) known less than affectionately as “the never-ending crud”.  It’s most craptastic feature is a horrid cough that nothing seems to help and that never stops at night.  I coughed so hard and so long that I strained my intercostal (rib cage) muscles/tendons/ligaments.

I was still very lucky as I know several people who had to go to the hospital with complications such and pneumonia and fluid in the thoracic (chest) cavity due to cracked ribs/bruising caused by the cough. I also managed to stave off the wicked sore throat which imitates strep that so many had.  I firmly believe that my liberal use of the neti pot/saline rinse squeeze bottle with some essential oil of eucalyptus and some betadine (I know… it sounds gross, but the research is out there) kept the sore throat and potential sinus infection at bay.  I even managed to avoid the ear infections that so many have experienced by using hydrogen peroxide in my ears.

Lesson learned.  I have to rest and sleep (and eat right) because when I don’t take care of myself, I trash my normally bomb proof immune system.

Enough talk of mucous…

The glazes are all thickened/thinned/properly flocctuated and ready to go. (chemistry is fun)  I’ll be updating the website soon, but here is a photo showing what they look like on stoneware; they colors will be a bit crisper on porcelain as it is a brighter white.

Top to bottom-left to right…

Stellar Rust, (cant’ find the tile, so here’s a bowl) cedar, plum red, raven black

Shore break, (looks good dipped and drippy over another glaze) corn silk, blue green, hunter green

Eggplant, ultramarine blue, floating blue, black cherry (this is a super yummy, drippy, reactive glaze with neat texture effects)

*the floating blue and black cherry don’t show up well in this photo (they are very complex) but you can see them in other update photos)

There is also a new product for those of you with musicians in your life.

A bass/cello stand.  This one will be glazed in the tie-dye pattern and will have a textured, rubberized mat attached to the bottom to prevent slippage during use.

I’ve had to give up my studio tech time at Throwing Mud so that I can devote more time to my home studio. I miss everyone there, but that’s the way it needs to be right now.  This means I’m firing everything at home so I can turn things around more quickly (and have more control over drying to the leather hard stage for trimming/carving)

Since I’ve been sick and am behind on work (part time non-profit contract and working artist does not afford one sick leave) I have put items already in my Artfire shop on sale to generate income for non-studio expenses..

Everything on the site is 50% off right now; if any of you have been admiring my blown glass now is the time to go for it.

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/WildCelticRose

That’s it for now.

Since this upper respiratory crud is finally moving along, I am not reacting to the free silica or other dust or mold in the basement and get get back at it)

Thanks again!

~L

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News Tribune Publishes Opinion as “News” Does Story on Its Self-Silences Critics-Disregards Plastic and Paid Subscriptions

On Sunday, February 23rd the News Tribune (formerly the Tacoma News Tribune, until the out of state, McClatchy conglomerate decided they didn’t want to be Tacoma’s local paper) published a story which was opinion and propaganda disguising it as “news”. (at the time of this post, clear plastic bags where thrown all over East 70th Street)

We can’t blame the reporter, as she was forced to interview her boss and print a piece that makes the Tribune look good, and the movement against their plastic litterbombing campaign look insignificant.

We’re not buying it. There has been no honesty from the Trib/McClatchy to date, and David Zeeck has already told one of the organizers of our group that they can do whatever they want because they are protected by the 1st Amendment. (since when does making money littering neighborhoods with paid advertising count as “news” or “free speech”?)

While a few people have been able to get through to post comments, organizers of the group “Citizens for Tacoma Not Trash” have been banned from commenting on the Trib’s Facebook page, and even those with paid subscriptions have found themselves blocked behind a paywall when they attempt to access the News Tribune’s site.

The Tribune does not want both sides of this issue reported.

We encourage everyone to go to the article and make their opinion known about these practices.

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/02/23/3063523/city-of-tacoma-news-tribune-address.html

What we want is simple. We don’t want the Trib to fail, we just want them to be good neighbors/citizens.

Stop Littering!!!

Obey the same laws everyone else does!!!

That’s it.

No one should have the right to dump tens and hundreds of thousands of plastic wrapped bags of unwanted advertising in our streets, gutters, medians, parking strips, sidewalks or front yards. No one!

If theTtrib is allowed to continue to be exempt from littering laws, this will only get worse. Their goal (as stated by publisher David Zeeck is to move from 50,000 to 200,000 of these) If they continue to be allowed to get away with it, how many more will it be?

Zeeck’s claim that 90% of people in Tacoma want this trash is ridiculous, as is evidenced by the thousands of these picked up and returned to the News Tribune offices on a regular basis and the tens of thousands of these laying in our gutters.

Of course, they are now blocking access to their offices, hiring off duty Tacoma police to guard them, and posting no trespassing signs because they don’t want plastic trash dumped on their front lawn/parking lot.

Guess what McClatchy, we don’t want it in our yards either but we don’t have high powered corporate attorneys in our pockets intimidating the city to inaction like you do.

Tuesday night, there will be a report to the city council on this issue, meaning that citizens will be able to comment. We need to show up in force.

Come show that Zeeck’s allegation that 90% of Tacoma wants this litter is false and that we’re not buying their vaguely worded “improvements”.

Once this out of state corporate conglomerate puts alleged “news” and “announcements” in this advertising circular, they will claim 1st amendment rights to continue to be exempt from littering laws. The City of Tacoma has a long and undistinguished history of rolling over at the first threat of a lawsuit.

The time to act is NOW!

In addition to coming to the city council meeting and commenting on the Trib’s story and Facebook page, we also need to contact advertisers to let them know that their dollars are going straight into the gutter, not into the hands of potential customers and that this association is harming, not helping their business.

Please (politely) contact the following advertisers and let them know how their money is being wasted.

Ask them (politely) to pull their advertising from any campaign that is dumping plastic wrapped trash in our neighborhoods.

Toys R Us

https://www.facebook.com/toysrus

Rite Aid

https://www.riteaid.com/customer-support/contact-us

Sears Outlet (use this comment page on the joint K-mart site)

Sear’s/K-mart comment page

You can also email Sears Outlet outlet@customerservice.sears.com

Puget Sound Hearing Aid and Audiology

http://www.pshearing.com/contact.htm

Safeway

business.ethics@safeway.com

You can also contact them via their Facebook pages.

If you do a Facebook Search for “Safeway Tacoma” pages for all of the individual stores will come up and you can either comment, send a message or review. This should work for all chains. We need to handle this on a local and national level.

Once again, please be polite. The advertisers most likely don’t know that their money is going into the gutter and angering the community. We also want to continue to praise and support those who make the right decision to pull their advertising as Quality Sewing and Vacuum did.

Keep up the good work folks, and we hope to see as many of you as possible on Tuesday night at the City Council meeting.

and don’t forget to upload your photos to Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #zeeckbag

and please join our Facebook group… https://www.facebook.com/groups/zeeckbags/

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City Manager T. C. Broadnax Meets With David Zeeck, Tells Protesters to Opt Out – Issues Letter to City Council

On Thursday, February 19, Tacoma City Manager, T.C. Broadnax was seen at the headquarters of the Tacoma News Tribune arriving for a meeting with publisher, and fellow Texan David Zeeck in response to a city council mandate that he meet with the News Tribune to “seek solutions” to citizen complaints and concerns.

On the way out, he told protesters to “just opt out”

Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax walks past protesters telling them to “Just opt out” after meeting with fellow Texan and News Tribune publisher David Zeeck.

Today, Friday February 20th Broadnax issued a letter to the City Council and Mayor relaying the outcome of the meetings. (letter included on the Citizens for Tacoma Not Trash blog at http://tacomanottrash.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/city-manager-t-c-broadnax-meets-with-david-zeek-then-blows-off-protester-issues-letter-to-city-council/)

It appears that after losing advertisers, and discovering that Zeecks allegations that only “a dozen disgruntled people” are complaining, they are willing to at least pay lip service to making an effort to be better citizens.

They words, “try”, “some” and other non committal words are of concern, as is the insistence that people need to “opt out”.

The other area of concern is that they say they are going to turn it into a “weekly paper” with news and community events.

This would put their paid advertising circular into the category of protected 1st amendment speech, which they are trying to claim it is now, giving them additional protection against the law and the wishes of the citizens of Tacoma.

The fact is, they have no intention of stopping the plastic bag litter spam, just modifying it a bit. If this is an honest effort to be better citizens or just to shut us up, remains to be seen.

We encourage everyone to contact Broadnax today by emailing him at citymanager@cityoftacoma.org to let him know that throwing 200,000 (minus the handful they may or may not mail) onto the streets/sidewalks/parking strips/front yards of Tacoma is not acceptable.

While many more progressive cities are banning single use plastic bags, ours is allowing them to be thrown all over town.

For up to date information as we receive it and to find out what you can do to help, please consider joining our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/263370190492923/

You can also upload photos of blatant violations, plastic in gutters and storm drains, piled up in front of homes, safety hazards etc… to instagram with the hastags #landspam, #tacomanottrash and #zeeckbag

 

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Tacoma Businesses Opt Out of the News Tribune’s Litter Campaign

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We would like to congratulate Quality Sewing and Vacuum for being the first local business to opt out of the Tacoma News Tribune’s litter bombing campaign.

The following post appeared on their Facebook page:

“After this was brought to our attention last week we contacted the News Tribune to express our displeasure with their advertising delivery method; they distributed our ads in this manner without our knowledge. We would never knowingly participate in a litter campaign like this. We’re now looking into removing our advertising.”

and…
“We’ve successfully canceled our advertising campaign with TNT. But unfortunately our name will still be included in the next orange bag, as we weren’t able to cancel in time to stop those from going out. But there should be no more going forward after that.”

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Please consider giving this community and environmentally minded local business your support by liking their Facebook page, recommending them to your friends and supporting them:

https://www.facebook.com/qualitysewing

Please also consider contacting (politely) the following advertisers who’s ads are in this week’s plastic wrapped trash.  It is unlikely that they know that this what their advertising dollars are going towards and how it negatively impacts our neighborhoods, the environment and customer’s perceptions of their business.

Sears Outlet

Puget Sound  Hearing Aid

Safeway (the Proctor Safeway used to house the office for the Tacoma area stores)

Since the News Tribune does not care about crime, blight or the environment, the only way to stop this practice is to hit them where it hurts, their advertising dollars!

If you haven’t already,  please consider joining our Facebook group (with almost 600 active members, David Zeek is going to have a hard time telling the city that it’s only a dozen disgruntled people complaining):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/263370190492923/

Complaints are also being filed with the Better Business Bureau (Zeek claims that they have addressed our concerns by switching to clear plastic, which is still litter, still toxic, and still landing in our streets, gutters and storm drains-as an added bonus there are no suffocation warnings or opt out information printed on them

Complaints are also being sent to the State Attorney General’s office and are being posted on RipOff Report.com

Keep up the good work folks!

Concerned and active citizens CAN make a difference!

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How YOU Can Help Stop the Tacoma News Tribune’s Litter and Blight on Our Streets!

Once again, the Tacoma News Tribune is unleashing it’s plastic bag dumps on the Streets of Tacoma, asserting that people “want” this advertising litter, that it is “protected 1st Amendment Speech” (it contains only paid advertising) and that it’s “easy to opt out”

Tell us David Zeek…

How do we opt out of your plastic wrapped litter (yes, you removed the orange color which is synonymous with your disdain for the environment and the citizens of Tacoma, but it’s still toxic trash) when it’s in the street, gutter, storm drain or vacant lots?

One of today’s early finds in the area of N Verde and Cheyenne.

bags in street

The News Tribune is NOT hurting for money.  As can be evidenced by reading their last quarterly report.

They probably save a lot of money by driving away long time journalists and regurgitating AP news, as well as outsourcing their customer “service” department to the Philippines.

If they used direct mail via the US Postal Service, they would know exactly who is getting their “product” (which is all paid advertising) and who is opting out.

Depending on who you get your information from, very few plastic bags are actually recycled and instead end up in landfills where they eventually percolate to and pollute the water table.  One of the largest recycling providers in our part of the state, is about to stop any recycling of plastic.  You can read the latest article here.

Progressive and educated communities are banning single use plastic bags, why then is the city of Tacoma allowing up to 200,000 (total give by McClatchy) plastic bags to be thrown onto our streets each week?

You can learn more about why it is important to keep plastic out of our water by clicking here.

Things you can do to help.

Email, customerservice@thenewstribune.com to opt out (don’t call or give them your phone number, they are notorious for unwanted/unstoppable phone solicitation)  You will get a written response after the auto response.

When the delivery doesn’t stop after two weeks (and since they are just chucking them out the windows of moving cars, it won’t) you can file a complaint with the Attorney General’s office.

Join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/263370190492923/ where we share information, photos, ideas and plan fun events like returning them back to the Tacoma News Tribune offices en masse.

Call, write, email the News Tribune to tell them that you don’t want this happening in our city.

When we started objecting to this practice, they removed the ability to post to their Facebook page and/or review them and their shoddy business practices.

You can comment on this piece written by publisher David Zeek which shows, at best cluelessness and at worst, outright contempt for the citizens of Tacoma…  http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/02/16/3050436/were-making-our-mid-week-advertiser.html
Contact the advertisers to let them know that their money is funding littering, pissing off the citizens of Tacoma, ending up in gutters and storm drains and making them look bad.Share information about our group with your friends, neighbors and business associates.Photograph/Video the offending practices, especially useful if you can catch the drivers in the act.
Put signs in your yards/windows to make people aware that we are working on this issue.Come on folks!Let’s not let the Tacoma News Tribune, owned by an out of state conglomerate  trash our beautiful city for profit!!!
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Another Tacoma Small Business Successfully Kickstarted, Thanks to YOU!

BIG Thanks to everyone who supported, shared posts/updates and encouraged me in this Kickstarter campaign.  It funded before the deadline and a bit over goal.

I’m in the process of ordering/picking up supplies as needed. (moved a few hundred pounds of clay and dry glaze ingredients yesterday)

I now have a total of twelve glazes to choose from.  I have a list of the colors and photographs of sample tiles on the website available here, so that you can start picking out the colors you like.  Remember, they can be doubled up/double dipped for interesting effects:

http://phoenix-rising-pottery.com/?page_id=100

I am also working on a “tie-dye” design with a batik look that I am excited to test fire.

I am awaiting the arrival of molds for the porcelain pendants.  While I will be creating custom designs and molds, this will give me a head start on getting some interesting designs out now.  I am hoping to have them by next week.

Some of the patterns I’ll have available are as follows:

Tribal, Celtic, Egyptian, Sunflower, Peace Sign, Hearts, Crosses, Sun/Moon/Celestial, Dragonfly, Butterly, Lizard and more…

I will post photos once I have the molds and press some samples.

I will also be offering the pendant designs as refrigerator magnets for those who would prefer that as an option.

The rewards delivery timetable is staggered so that I can get everything done and delivered as (or before) promised.

Names went on the website in real time as backers supported, so that was all done in February as planned/promised.

http://phoenix-rising-pottery.com/?page_id=17

Certificates will be sent out in March as promised (I need to get something nice printed up.  Kickstarter does not allow coupons to be offered as rewards, but you’ll all be getting one)

The porcelain pedants will be going out in April (hopefully, before) with other items following on (or hopefully before) the schedule listed in the rewards section of the Kickstarter.

A new item at the $20 is a supported spindle spinning bowl.

Items added to the $50 level bring your choices up to: mug, cereal bowl, tumbler, heart handle mug, cream/syrup pitcher, goblet, egg bowl, and heart shaped bowl.  This level also includes a studio tour with demonstration.

An added item at the $65 level is a yarn bowl.

At the $100 level, the reward is an enchanted lantern and a studio tour for you and a guest that includes appetizers and a beverage (wine if you want it, Kickstarter doesn’t allow alcohol rewards so I had to say “beverage”)

At any of the levels, you may choose multiples of items at lower levels (example, a yarn bowl and a pendant/magnet, or two mugs)  I want to make sure you have something you really like.

Since many of you live out of the area, I am offering rain checks on the studio tours, so that you can visit when you plan to come to the area.

For local folks, I will be throwing a small celebration party some time in the next month or so…

In addition to the WordPress website (being upgraded soon) the studio has a Facebook page which I often post photos of work in progress to.

https://www.facebook.com/firephoenixrising

Thanks again for supporting Phoenix Rising Pottery Studio and a life long dream!

~L

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Make your feelings known TONIGHT at Tacoma City Council Meeting (and other ways to stop the blight)!

boosting the signal from my post at http://tacomanottrash.wordpress.com/ (which you should totally subscribe to/add to your reader)

Last week, the Tacoma City council passed a resolution instructing city Manager T.C. Broadnax to “talk with The News Tribune’s leaders and seek a resolution to concerns some city residents have about advertising circulars delivered to their neighborhoods.”

We need to keep the pressure on the city and the News Tribune to stop this practice.Tonight, we plan on making our presence and numbers known at the Tacoma City Council meeting:747 Market St, 5:00 PM.It is not citizen’s forum night and we are not on the agenda, but we will be there in increasing numbers, with signs and the TNT’s plastic trash, to show everyone that publisher David Zeek’s bogus assertion that people want this paid advertising litter and that it’s just “a dozen” disgruntled folks is a load of…  well…  toxic plastic garbage.In addition to being a blight on our neighborhoods, a slip and fall hazard, environmentally damaging and downright annoying, having this junk piled up in front of a house alerts potential burglars that a house is a prime target for crime.The News Tribune is NOT hurting for money.  As can be evidenced by reading their last quarterly report.They probably save a lot of money by driving away long time journalists and regurgitating AP news, as well as outsourcing their customer “service” department to the Philippines.

If they used direct mail via the US Postal Service, they would know exactly who is getting their “product” (which is all paid advertising) and who is opting out.

Depending on who you get your information from, very few plastic bags are actually recycled and instead end up in landfills where they eventually percolate to and pollute the water table.  One of the largest recycling providers in our part of the state, is about to stop any recycling of plastic.  You can read the latest article here.

Progressive and educated communities are banning single use plastic bags, why then is the city of Tacoma allowing up to 200,000 (total give by McClatchy) plastic bags to be thrown onto our streets each week?

You can learn more about why it is important to keep plastic out of our water by clicking here.

Things you can do to help.

Email, customerservice@thenewstribune.com to opt out (don’t call or give them your phone number, they are notorious for unwanted/unstoppable phone solicitation)  You will get a written response after the auto response.

When the delivery doesn’t stop after two weeks (and since they are just chucking them out the windows of moving cars, it won’t) you can file a complaint with the Attorney General’s office.

Join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/263370190492923/ where we share information, photos, ideas and plan fun events like returning them back to the Tacoma News Tribune offices en masse.

Call, write, email the News Tribune to tell them that you don’t want this happening in our city.

When we started objecting to this practice, they removed the ability to post to their Facebook page and/or review them and their shoddy business practices.

You can comment on this piece written by publisher David Zeek which shows, at best cluelessness and at worst, outright contempt for the citizens of Tacoma…
Contact the advertisers to let them know that their money is funding littering, pissing off the city and ending up in gutters and storm drains.
Share information about our group with your friends, neighbors and business associates.
Photograph/video the offending practice (even better if you can catch the drivers in action; but reports indicate they are now doing this at odd hours; they hit the North end at 3:00 AM)
Put signs in your yard and/or windows to make people aware that we are working on this issue.tacomanottrash
Come on folks!Let’s not let an out of state, for profit conglomeration trash our beautiful city!!!
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Tacoma News Tribune STOP TRASHING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS!!!

A group of concerned citizens for Tacoma Not Trash is fighting the McClatchy owned News Tribune which is dumping 50,000 plastic bags per week out of moving vehicles, on to our streets, gutters, parking strips, sidewalks and front yards.

The News Tribune claims that these orange plastic bags containing paid advertising (no news nor opinion content) that are being thrown of of the windows of moving cars and landing in our streets, gutters and sidewalks, where they can be washed into storm drains and out into the bay are “protected 1st amendment speech”. Not only do they have no intention of stopping such behavior, but will be increasing the number to 200,000 per week.  They are also expanding to areas outside of Tacoma including University Place.

You can view the new blog for Citizens for Tacoma Not Trash at http://tacomanottrash.wordpress.com/

Watch the page for photos, actions taken, scheduled events and ways that YOU can help stop this bad environmental practice that is blighting our neighborhoods.

You can join us on Facebook at Citizens for Tacoma Not Trash Facebook Page

Below is the text of a statement made to the Tacoma City Council.

We are here on behalf of many Tacoma citizens who are very upset and would like to see a change in The News Tribune’s carpetbomb deliveries of 50,000 plus plastic-bag-wrapped ads to targeted neighborhoods, currently being delivered in a drive-by-toss method, weekly.

As residents of Tacoma, we stand before you to ask your assistance with enforcing that TNT and their contracted delivery drivers, make a dramatically concerted effort to change the way they are delivering these ads that you will see as you are driving through the residential areas of the City of Tacoma. Many of our neighborhood streets, sidewalks, gutters and storm drains are being littered with these bags of advertizing on a weekly basis. According to a recent article in the Tacoma Weekly, The TNT claims that they have seen no such evidence of bags on our streets. We have photos to prove otherwise.

We, as united Tacoma neighbors and your community, ask that there be a solution brought about with the TNT that goes beyond an ‘Opt Out’ option. As your community, we deserve more respect than to have unsolicited deliveries thrown into our streets and storm drains, where they sit for days on end, blowing through our streets, clogging our gutters and littering our beloved neighborhoods. We consider this litter, because as residents of our collective community, we have been watching the deliveries being made, picking up what we can, but those that we don’t get to are being left in our streets; they are being driven over, blown around and some are decomposing in their “protective plastic bags” turning to mush in our gutters and storm drains which all lead to our Sound.

We strongly feel that this delivery practice needs to be revised according to our own observations, the standards the city upholds for residential neighborhoods and waterways, and according to the Tacoma Municipal Code, which states in Title 9 – Public Ways:

9.16.010 Depositing loose advertising matter.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to distribute, throw or deposit upon any street, alley or public place, or in or upon any vehicle thereon, or upon any private yard, lawn driveway, sidewalk, porch or steps of any residence, or upon or in any part of any structure or upon any vacant property in the City of Tacoma, any advertising sample, handbill, dodger, circular, booklet, paper or loose advertising matter of any kind or description; provided, however, that nothing in this section shall prohibit the distribution and delivery of any newspaper which is capable of being entered as second class matter under the provisions of the United States Post Office regulations of March 3, 1879, and other United States statutes

The content of these plastic bags is NOT a newspaper, it is advertisements for Safeway, Toys R Us, Riteaid, Kmart, etc. and therefore should not be covered under Tacoma’s newspaper exemption.

Simply opting out of advertisements that we never signed up for in the first place seems to be the solution we’ve been given by both the TNT and the City, but it does NOT address our concerns about the littering of our streets, potential pollution and increased blight.

We cannot wait for TNT quality control departments to drive through our neighborhoods 3-4 days after these deliveries have been littered throughout our neighborhoods, because of two things:
1. The Environment:
We shouldn’t have to wait for the papers to decompose in their plastic bags or for a winter storm to roll through that will carry them into the storm drains only to be dumped into the Puget Sound. This is completely unacceptable to us as YOUR community.
2. Blight:
According to a document called, 21 Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You, handed out to all neighborhoods participating in the Safe Streets Campaign, number 4 is, and I quote from the criminal 1st person:
“Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.”
This conveys that piled up advertisements in neighborhoods invites criminal activity, which costs the City and its residents a lot time and money. 50,000 ads are difficult to keep up on and that number is only intended to increase.
We ask that the City Council, on behalf of Tacoma City Residents, require this of the TNT:
Delivery to the intended recipients door without plastic- not the street, parking strips, gutters or storm drains, in accordance with the city of Tacoma Municipal Code.

Not only does delivery to a porch require no plastic bag, but it alleviates the burden of clean-up by residents, complaints to Tacoma Cares and increased burden waste to the City’s Solid Waste Department who have been and will be processing the large percentage of 50,000 plastic bag ads that will be heading to the dump.

We are doing our part to keep our neighborhoods and Sound clean. We care about where we live and we want our City to continue to attract other people who care and love this place as much as we do. Plastic bags in parking strips do not offer much curb appeal for new residents, business people or wildlife alike. Please partner with us and uphold the high standards of our City of Tacoma.

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Last Day of Kickstater, Special Reward for Madrona Fiber Arts Festival Attendees in Tacoma

Today is the last day of Phoenix Rising Pottery Studio’s Kickstarter campaign.

You can still support the studio and get cool stuff through 5:00 PM PST today (campaign ends at 4:49 PM)

Thanks to many supporters, the project WILL receive full funding.

Anything received above and beyond the original goal will go towards more glazes (a 5 gallon dip bucket runs between $85 and $125) stamps and mold making supplies (better decorations for items and pendants)

If enough extra is received, I should also be able to expand the line into oven ware (that requires yet a different, clay than the regular stoneware I use or the porcelain I’m introducing to the line.

In celebration of the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival being held at the Hotel Murano this weekend, I’m offering a special.  Supported spindle spinning bowls for $20, with FREE US shipping (a $6 savings)

These supported spindle spinning bowl were created in partnership with a spindle maker.

They weighted and the bottom coated with a thin, transparent, non-slip rubberized coating to prevent marring of furniture and/or unwanted movement.

All bowls are one of a kind, unlike any other.

The bowls measure approximately 3 1/4″ across the top, 2″ across the base and 2″ from the center of the divot to the edge of the bowl.

View supported spindle spinning bowls and yarn bowls by clicking here

Click on the Kickstarter campaign below and choose the $20 reward option

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2037398448/remembrances-ceramic-urns-and-memorial-art

Several new items have been added to the rewards section including heart shaped bowls, yarn bowls, egg bowls and goblets.

Did I mention that today is the LAST day to support local art and get cool stuff?

~L

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Thank You! The Project WILL Be Funded, and There’s Still Time (2 days) to Get Cool Stuff and Support Local Art!

Yay! Yay!!! and YAY!!!

and Thank you! Thank You!! THANK YOU!!!

The Kickstarter will be funded, ten days after it closes on Friday (how fun… more waiting).

Any pledges that come in above and beyond, will go towards the 5% I have to give Kickstarter and the 3% I have to give Amazon payments.

It will also go for:

more glazes/glaze ingredients.

molds and mold making supplies for the pendants (I have some very cool Celtic ones in mind once I can get the supplies ordered and the porcelain purchased)

templates and wheel throwing molds for dinnerware (yes, pretty matched sets all the same size/shape)

slump molds and the proper clay for non round bakeware (yep oven casseroles, cloches for making crusty sourdough bread, tandoori style chicken roasters and other fun stuff)

Once the Kickstarter closes on Friday, I’ll send out a survey to see what people want/if they have special requests for their rewards. I’ll start work as soon as I can. Some pieces I’ll be able to start right way, some will take longer as I wait for supplies to arrive.

Also, for those of you who pledged who are out of the area, you will get a rain check for a studio visit and most likely dinner :)

Even if someone didn’t pledge at a “studio visit” level, I will arrange one for you :)

The Kickstarter runs through Friday, so if you’re inclined to share, please do so. Every little bit helps!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2037398448/remembrances-ceramic-urns-and-memorial-art

Thank you all so much! Again and again and again! <3

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