I had a great time at Gare Fest, a meeting of professionals who own paint-your-own-pottery studios around the country. It was run by Gare, in Haverhill, MA, a leading supplier of ceramics supplies: http://www.gare.com/profile.cfm When I walked in the building, I was amazed by the variety of colorful, appealing ceramics projects.
In my session I read 3 of my picture books–Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster, What’s Up With this Chicken?, and Don’t Call Me Sidney–and suggested accompanying story hour activities. It was such fun to present to friendly, creative people, and when Robyn Pierce, the marketing director, announced that each participant would receive a copy of Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster, I was delighted to hear the crowd cheer as if Oprah were giving out prizes.
To top it all off, I went home with an adorable memento–a mug featuring Esther the purple gorilla–front and rear views–custom-made by talented Gare sculptor, Robert!