The Cuppette’s

A fabulous week in the ceramics lab at Hallmark Cards, Inc. in Kansas City, MO

While working for Hallmark Cards, Inc. in Kansas City I was selected to participate in a special project designing and coming up with fun new concepts and ideas for cup innovation.

Although I knew at the time this was an honor to be chosen to spend six weeks in an area within Hallmark called the Rice Center I had no idea what a wonderful experience it would turn out to be.

I was lucky to work with three of the nicest girls in my department that I rarely got to spend time with. We were instantly working away on our project and I thrived on learning from them and sharing what ever creative thoughts I had.

By week two we were having lunch outings on a regular basis and sharing good conversations, getting to know about each others’ lives and creating fabulous ideas. We were our own little think tank.

To reward us of all of our hard work at the end of the project we spent one week in the ceramics lab where we worked with the lady in charge…unfortunately I cannot remember her name now but she was so wonderful! We drew the shapes of the cups we wanted and she expertly crafted the cups for us! (so nice)

We painted, relaxed, chatted and laughed all week and these are the cups I came up with!

As soon as they were fired they held a prominent place in my apartment on the plaza in Kansas City right smack in the center of the living room on the fireplace mantel. They traveled with me to Minneapolis while I worked at Target and now they are in my studio right as you walk in the door!

From that wonderful experience to the present and beyond I fondly refer to my friends on the cup innovation team “The Cuppette’s”! This experience happened almost 7 years ago and when I knew I was starting a blog I wanted this to be included….here’s to my first blog entry and to Gretchen, Melissa and Patty! Miss you girls!!!

p.s. I also have the beautiful swirled pink cup you bought me for my going away party sitting right here with me on my desk. A BIG hug to all of you from California!

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