A couple of weeks ago, when the last spot of paint dried inside the studio we'd been building for the past seven months, Nathan and I decided to do something slightly uncharacteristic: we asked for some help.
We kindly asked our friends to lend a hand moving our 'studio stuff' (stored for over 2 years in a 40-foot shipping container in our front yard) into the new space. And bless their hearts, they showed up by the carload excited to work.
Thankfully, we had purchased a used flatbed trailer - back in the fall when we hauled borrowed aluminum concrete forms to and from a friend's shop to form our foundation.
Nathan hooked it up to our good ole John Deere, and it made moving a snap. It was even fun for some of the smaller folks. :)
It is true what they say: many hands make light work. With fifteen eager helpers, we moved pottery wheels, heavy tubs of raw glaze-making materials, ware boards, storage racks, furniture, boxes, bags, and containers of everything it takes for us to make pottery. There was even a bucket brigade passing boxes of clay and buckets of glaze up the steep stairs from our basement. Amazing.
It would have taken Nathan and me a week or more to do what this group accomplished in two hours.
And so we did what we could to say thanks: we hugged them and then fed them.
It was a day I'll remember forever, beautiful and perfect in so many ways, filled to the brim with that wonderful fuzzy feeling you get from feeling a part of a community of wonderful people.
We are so grateful.
~Becca and Nathan
P.S. And then we finally said good-bye to that shipping container!