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Evolve…

Hello my lovely painters,

It’s been a while. Hope you are all hanging in there as best as you can. The Gallery Room has been open for artwork sales. Thank you to those who have purchased my artwork this past year. The studio room has been closed.
Like most of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing community, I have experienced major obstacle of communication & increase of ignorance during this pandemic. I have had to relearn how to be Deaf. It has not been easy or fun. It has been quite frustrating, disheartening & isolating. Many people with other disabilities have been experiencing the same feelings & more. But the gift of having a disability, is finding the way to adapt. I hope you will adapt with me.

Here’s the Paint Studio Scoop…
I have been restructuring how the paint studio will be run & its policies. The basics of my silliness & creativity have not changed. Yes, my punny jokes are probably worse. Some will be fine with the changes, maybe possibly, like it more. ( Some might not.) I am trying my best to please everyone, but I’m still learning it’s impossible to make everyone happy.
We need to change to evolve.
Keep social distance from others, you must properly be wearing a clothe mask over your nose & mouth the entire time you are in the gallery & studio. Have patience & understanding for communication.

When I opened my shop in 1999, I told myself to start simple. Then I began to go Deaf that year. And so, here I am, in 2021, starting over again. Simply. Relearning how to work with my deafness.

Here we go… Season 23 is on its way…Stay tuned…

For Paint Studio Updates…Getting ready for you…
Wishing you & yours health & happiness
Here’s to Hoping…

Amanda
(aka “The Paint a Pot” lady)

P.S. My voice volume is LOUDER. Not Rude… Just Loud!!!😁GOOD LUCK!😁

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Twenty Years

On May 15th, 1999, I opened my shop for the first time.
I put out my flags & took a big breath. I said to myself.
Twenty years, I will get this right.

Twenty years, watching you play in my shop. Twenty years, covered in paint from silly, squishy finger painting sessions. Twenty years of happy painted high fives! I have seen couples on a date, then a few years later they paint an engagement plate, then a wedding piece, then they bring in their 1st child, then their 2nd, 3rd, & 4th. Twenty years of painting little piggie toes. Twenty years, the teens who hung out are now bringing in their kids. Twenty years, the parents are now bringing in their grandchildren. Twenty years, let’s not forget about the pet paws too!

Twenty years, nor’easters & hurricanes threatened. One of them got us good. Boooo….BUT! Since then, the repairs began & repairs still continue & still pushing on.

Twenty years has always been my goal. My goal is here. My shop & I might never be perfect, but nothing ever will. My shop might not be right for everyone, but all I do know it has every part of my HEART in it. Endless hours of working, glazing, & firing all your many beautiful pots. Seeing the excitement of your faces when you come pick them up is worth every endless workday. The cute emails sent from you, after your pots arrived in the mail, make me smile oh so much! I cannot count how many cute little hugs & waves I’ve received from you & your families over the last twenty years.

Ever notice the large painting in the front window?  It is titled “Silent Voice”. I had it printed on to the canvas bags last year. Thank you for all of you, who purchased one. I would like to share the meaning of it. Most people, I’m sure, think its meaning is about being Deaf & sign language, but it is not.

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“Silent Voice” Acrylics on Canvas By Amanda Klinger

Silent Voice is inside of you. Life throws many obstacles at you, which can feel endless. People & situations will push you down. They will knock you off course. You will fail many times. No one can succeed without failing a million times. Everyone has a Silent Voice inside of them. That Silent Voice is the one that yells at you to get back up! That Silent Voice is there, when you want to quit. That Silent Voice is the one that yells at you No! You will not quit! You can do it! Keep trying! That Silent Voice is the one you must listen to the most! The Silent Voice is in everyone. Just listen. Let that Silent Voice be Loud!

When you come by this year, you will see new things around the shop. Mid-June, you will see my new fine art ceramic pieces & canvas paintings inside the shop. You will notice my small motivational poems in note cards with my photography. You will see my silly humor & art on new wine stoppers & a new series of ornaments.

Twenty years go by so fast. Stop looking at your phones, come paint & be with your people. Look around you. Positive voices are everywhere. Look up & Listen! 

Twenty years!!!
Happy 20th Birthday, Paint a Pot!!!

Thank you for ALL your continued support!
I could not do this without you!

Let Season 21 begin!!!!

(….Wheeeeeee…..)
Mazookeeeeee!!!
Stop sitting on my pottery wheel …while it’s 
spinning…..
(CRASH!!!!!)
Oy…..Mazookee….I just cleaned….
Gotta go!!! 😉
See you soon!!!

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For Brian

If you use enough colors, you can create a beautiful world.
Since the beginning of pandemic, Artists of all sorts have been tagged “Nonessential”. That term has caused a great amount of damage to my heart & desire to create. Over the years, there are always comments “oh you’re an artist …what is your REAL job”. The offhanded comments became extremely loud to me after having my art business, my REAL job, was labeled as NONESSENTIAL. I really have questioned what’s the point anymore??? Even though people are complaining their jobs that were able to be remote (not shutdown like the Arts) & they could not go to concerts or games or museums or theaters….
But those are “just” entertainment / nonessential….
But those create mental health….
Artists were & still shutdown. My muse has disappeared. I am numb. I keep trying to move forward. I pushed myself to applying for an art project, which I really wanted to do. In October 2021, Atlantic City Arts Foundation accepted my artwork for their 7th “Chalk About AC” event. ACAF makes artists have purpose, meaning & financially support us. ACAF want to lift the community up through Art. They know we artists have bills too. I was nervous to do a Live work. The other artists are very talented. De’von Downes, Amanda Auble & Amanda Klinger (myself) were chosen to do Live Art with chalk. We all began to create. I noticed both De’von & I were becoming quite “turquoise blue” from our chalk. I asked him if I could take a photo of our chalky hands. He knew why too. We knew we were there for a purpose. As the day went on, people walking by & complimenting us on all of our drawings. One gentleman, Brian, stood out to me. He began to speak. I passed him pen & paper explaining I am Deaf & would love to listen to what he had to say. He happily wrote his words. I kept his written words to remind me. Art is Essential.

Brian’s words: “I’m appreciative of the beauty of your art in the midst of the pain around the US in the city. Thank you.”

My Open Letter to Brian:

Dear Brian, I see you. I listened to your heart’s words. I heard every word. My heart is sad too. Your words beautifully described the truth of our unbalanced world. Your words were heartfelt & kind. You gave my artwork true purpose. You gave it meaning. Even though I, too, have much sadness inside, it does not stop me from wanting to make people smile. You reminded me what purpose feels like again. Thank you for words. I wish you happiness & health. 💜


Everyone, Happy New Year!Choose Kindness. Lift People Up!

If you are able, donate to Atlantic City Arts Foundation or Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club. “FOR BRIAN” https://atlanticcityartsfoundation.org/donate
https://www.acbgc.org/donate/

@acaf @njstatecouncilofthearts @southjersetarts @artpridenj @divinedownes @whattheshellarts @silentartisland @paintapotlbinj @artmatters @artistsworktoo

If you use enough colors, you can create a beautiful world.
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INSTRUCTIONS NOT RULES…

Hello My Lovely Painters…

I know last weekend was a new system for you & me.

To all of my first painters of 2021, I appreciate your patience & laughs.
Your painted pots turned out BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Here are the basic steps to Reserve Your Studio Table.
Do not wait last minute, especially on a rainy day.
Plan ahead.

This new way will better communication for your visit.
Please remember this is a Deaf Owned Business.
We have invisible “handicap ramps” for communication.
We need you to follow all instructions. They are easy!

Change your mindset. These are instructions, not rules.
Every place needs them to run smoothly.


And I’m seeing cute Name Signs for arrivals.
Play along & have fun.

Currently, there are 2 studio seating times:
11am or 2pm Each are 2 hours long.
Yes, masks are still required in our studio & gallery.
Age Limit : 6 years old & up

Thanks a bunch!


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My Beautiful Mess Collection

“Cheap Therapy”… I have always encourage my customers to finger painting their pots for cheap therapy, especially the adults. Finger painting has kept my sanity over these past 21 years. (…at least most of it) Those customers who went for it & finger painted, as I recommended, were the those who truely experienced the painting zen feeling. Some were quite tense upon entry & left smiling & giggling like kids. Then their reaction seeing their pottery after the firing & all the colors dancing around their pot. Some have created a collection over the years. I, personally, have a collection of my own I use at home. Since January 2020, my world just got very messy, frustrating & stressed, then March the COVID19 shutdown began. We are all living in a world that is throwing us curve ball after curve ball. (Is 2020 over yet?) Canceling everything that we count on to help us relax & have fun. My shop included.
Having my painting studio room empty day after day is safe, but no fun. No silliness of painters. No cleaning up little handprints everywhere throughout the shop. No painted sloppy high fives! No making you giggle when I “accidentally” paint my nose. So… I started to fingerpaint a bunch of mugs. My mom has always liked my “beautiful messy mugs” that I finger paint. She said I should make them to sell. I am listening to my mom. If you are missing my shop & want a 2020 mug finger painted by me check these out!!! No two are exactly the same. Each will remind you to play! To get messy! To breathe in the morning with your coffee or tea. Or add a little rum in the evening for the island pause. If you need a new bowl for your ice cream or a plate for your pie I have those too. Need chip & dip for your movie nights?

I paint the pot for you! Ask about My Beautiful Mess Collection. A Messy Life can be Beautiful! I have been painting my heart out!

Stop by my shop Art Gallery Room. Or send an Email to me : paintapotlbi@yahoo.com to order some. No two are alike! Choose by the color style name. Choose the style mug or wine glass or bowl or plate… 🎨🏺😊