Thursday, October 20, 2011

Serendipity at Textures!

by Monika Minnis - Textures member since 2011

One of the things I love about Textures is that you never know who is going to walk through the door, or the conversations that will ensue. On one of my recent shifts, I met Agnes Hayhurst and her husband, John. Agnes is a raku sculptor and potter, and was a long standing member of Textures in the early days. She was active in the Hamilton Artisan's Guild as well.

Agnes and John Hayhurst.

I may have missed all of this info because the store was very busy that day, but I usually have Core Member, Margo Griffith's words, "Always greet every customer!" ringing in my ears.

 Margo and Tom Griffith.

And so Agnes and I discussed everything about Textures past and present, including how marbles are today's gemstones!

By the time Agnes and John left the store, we had made plans for a visit due to having things in common. I'm a ceramicist as well and was excited about seeing her work. The visit was such a pleasure and I would never have made this connection but for the serendipity of being behind the counter at Textures that day!

  Illustrated bowl by Monika Minnis.

Making these kinds of connections is one of the things that sets our collective apart. I hope this aspect is always nurtured. Textures has quite a history, and to me it is one of the icons of the arts community in Hamilton. With new customers, long standing supporters and members past and present, you never know who is going to visit.

Cheers to Agnes and John for popping in and making my day!

Monika Minnis

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Textures Fall Newsletter

We won't be decking our halls at Textures until November 7th this year - because we like to celebrate our holidays one at a time!  But if you like to plan ahead, check out the Christmas Countdown clock for the up-to-date time remaining to get your holiday shopping done!

In the meantime, if the cooler weather and shorter days are putting you in the right frame of mind to start (or complete!) your holiday shopping, here are a few ideas for "inspiration"!

That should get you started, but check back with us frequently between now and December 24th as new handcrafted things come in all the time!

We recently got new signs - what do you think?

At Your Service:

  • gift certificates
  • layaways
  • free gift wrapping
  • Happy Endings service
  • our new, free bookmarks
  • special custom orders - order now to receive your handcrafted, made-to-order items in time for the holidays! 


Lastly, we would like to thank you all for your support and encouragement over the past year, and for nominating us in six categories in the Hamilton Spectator Reader's Choice Awards!  The winners should be announced soon, so stay tuned!

And all the Artisans of Textures!

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