Nearly everyone in the booth picked up this pen yesterday, even I picked it up a few times. It's a beautiful piece, and I know the guy who bought it is going to love it a lot. He even gave a great compliment, he said, in Europe he'd have to pay 400€ for it, and he'd still be tempted! That may have been an over-estimate, but it was nice to hear, and very encouraging.
I know there will be times today that I look for that pen, expecting it to be in my inventory. Because it's such an arresting visual experience, and also it is fun to hold, with the contouring and knobby-ness. I'll be disappointed every single time I go to look for it and it's not there.
Happy for him, he's got an awesome new pen. (I so much enjoy seeing pen-love and pen-lust in people's faces!). Happy for me, I sold some of my work for a good price and can go on making things. But the sadness of missing that piece, of never having it again is there, too. I KNOW I can make more beautiful pens. I KNOW I can always look at the photo. But that's not much like touching it, writing with it, showing it to someone else.
Anyway, I've got two more days at UNM, and then I'll be at Bandelier on Saturday. No rest for the wicked, or something.