Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals for this residency. Why do I want a residency? I am a full-time studio artist with a fantastic work space just outside the back door at home. But having/needing a place to work isn’t the only reason artists take advantage of the various residency programs that are offered throughout the world. So, I thought it would be helpful for me if I outlined my goals for the next month. This will help keep me focused, even if part of the “focus” is to just to relax and have fun. You know, try to ignore that type-A voice in my head telling me I must create the best, most amazing work while I am here.
This month I hope to…
- meet new people. It’s important to get out, meet other artists, talk with them about their work, answer questions about your work, observe other techniques, and experience other firing methods.
- play! Experiment with all the ideas and techniques that I can’t seem to make time for in the studio at home. Allow myself the time to just be creative without the pressure of making a specific piece or product. I don’t want to go to a new place and keep making the same work.
-stimulate new ideas. Exposure to new people, places and things – I’ve never been to this part of the US until now and am in awe of the beauty and amazing weather. It’s perfect for someone who is inspired by nature and the world around them. (Did I mention that the temp at 8:00am yesterday morning was a crisp 48 F in Missoula, MT and already a steamy 84 F in Ocala, FL?! Or that it doesn’t get dark here until almost 10:30pm! And to think, I packed a flashlight because I was worried about walking home from the studio in the dark. Instead of a flashlight this prego needs one of those black-out face masks to wear to sleep!)
In a nutshell, my goals are not on product, but on process and experience. So, it’s time to head to the studio to start unpacking and meeting the other residents.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I know my studio days will be full and I will need to be focused to accomplish my goals. Working with clay involves coordinating a fairly tight timeline of making, drying, firing, and glazing.
The other part of me is already a bit homesick. One month seems like a long time to be away from home and my husband. It’s not like we’ve never spent time apart. Heck! The whole first 2 ½ years of our relationship was long-distance.
It’s just that he is my sounding board. He knows how to inspire me and help with the practical challenges. And he knows how to relax and support me like no one else! But we both understand what an important opportunity this is for me, my art, and my career. So, when I received an offer to come out here, he was behind it 110%.
Today is Day 1 and I’m ready to let the month begin! I arrived safe and sound last night and started the process of getting settled into my new home. I have a relaxing day ahead of me before moving into the studio tomorrow. I’m looking forward to days full of new friends, stimulating conversations, good food, studio inspiration, and amazing weather!
Actually, the opposite is true. I believe the plaques are getting better with each firing. I have a lot fewer “duds” – tiles that just don’t work for one reason or another. Warping seems to be under control. The patterns and line-work are stronger. And most glaze problems have been resolved.
I’ve been making these plaques for 4 years now. People often ask how long I will continue to make new ones. And the answer is the same for all my work. I will continue to make them as long as I feel challenged creatively and I see room for growth and improvement. When I get bored or dread the process, it’s time to move on to something new.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
And I'm on my way to The Clay Studio of Missoula for a one-month residency!
Wish us luck!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
(Cut, burn and polyurethane wood backings... check!)
So, I finally sat down and took control of my to-do list! Feeling overwhelmed with everything that needed to be done before I leave on Saturday, I divided my list up into daily tasks. This has made managing my time much more productive! Now I know I’ve got time set aside to finish the work in the studio, pack and relax with my hubby before flying out west.
(Organize to-do list.... check!)
I’ve got around 60 glazed tiles cooling in the kiln right now. The metal and wood backings are finished and the tiles should be cool enough to unload this afternoon. I’m right on schedule! Whew! It’s amazing what can be accomplished with the pressure from a deadline.
(Cut and polyurethane metal. Attach to wood backings... check!)
Ok, I’m off to yoga (ahhh!) and to run some errands while the kiln is hot.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
So, I'm taking my baby bump out west to Big Sky Country for a bit of an adventure. I'm looking forward to having a month to just explore and create. I have so many ideas and techniques that I want to investigate! The plan is to continue developing the current direction of my work; new sculptural forms I started during my post-bacc at UF.
And the timing is perfect! Not only am I grateful to have an opportunity to do this before the baby comes, but I'll still be in my 2nd trimester (aka the "honeymoon phase of pregnancy") so energy will be up and I'll be feeling great.
So, we've got a whirlwind week ahead as I pack and prepare for this amazing opportunity. Thank you!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
This is not your typical artwork-in-progress blog post. My current "project" brings with it a lot of exciting changes, hard work, unexpected adventures, and unconditional love.
My husband and I are expecting our first child the end of October! Needless to say, we are very excited about our growing family and our little bundle of joy.
Though this is a planned addition, I must admit that I have had my moments of panic and uncertainty. How in the world can I be an artist and a mother at the same time!? Or a mother and an artist? I already feel that there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done!
Being the type-A personality that I am, I was hungry for answers, advice and information. So to ease my fears and concerns, I started my "research."
In addition to reading the usual pregnancy and child rearing books, I dove into The Divided Heart: Art and Motherhood by Rachel Power and I highly recommend it to any artist-mother with questions or concerns about work-life balance.
Here's a little about the book from the publisher's website.
"Do women still confront the attitude that a dedicated artist will avoid having children for the sake of her career? In The Divided Heart, Australia’s most respected artists, writers and actors speak frankly about the wrench between motherhood and their artistic life.
Rachel Power navigates through the divided heart of the artists to reveal the shocking, funny and moving truth of the overwhelming demands of motherhood and the undiminished passion for their work.
This book will resonate with anyone who has ever wondered, ‘Who will I be when this baby is born?’"
Clay Parent - Mud Mamas and Papas
Studio Mothers: Art and Life (just found this one)
Our growing "bean" at 18 weeks. Boy? Girl? Time will tell. We're keeping it a surprise.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
This will be my 11th Stroll at CURVE studios & garden and there have been a lot of exciting changes happening. Since the November stroll a host of top-notch artists have moved in and many favorites have rearranged their spaces adding a fresh new look.
Where is CURVE studios & garden you ask? It's #6 - 12 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC. In Asheville's River Arts District across from 12 Bones Smokehouse. You know, 12 Bones, the amazing BBQ joint where Obama and Michelle eat when they go to Asheville!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
It's First Friday here in Ocala, FL, and a group of downtown artists and businesses have recently organized a monthly Art Walk! It's so exciting to see the changes Ocala is making to support the Arts!
To coincide with the Art Walk, Marion Cultural Alliance is hosting the Opening Reception for Ancient Arts at Brick City Center for the Arts. This invitational show emphasizes ceramics, sculpture, encaustic, glass, wood, and drawing and I am honored to be a part of the group selected! The reception is from 6-9 tomorrow, June 4th and the show runs through July 6.
June 4 - July 6, 2010
Brick City Center for the Arts
Marion Cultural Alliance
Opening Reception: June 4 from 6-9pm
Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The opening reception is this Friday night, and Oh, how I wish I could be there! If you're in the area and able to attend, please take some pictures for me. I'd love to see the show installed!
Juried by Ceramist and Clay Times columnist Pete Pinnell
May 14 - June 26, 2010
Opening Reception - Friday, June 4, 6:30 - 9pm
Juror Pete Pinnell - Clay demonstration and workshop June 5-6, 9-5pm.