Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Ben's note to Mom
I listen to lots of different music while I'm in the studio, depending on my mood and what I'm doing. I've discovered that I throw better pots listening to Moby than Jane's Addiction. Older U2 can get me through the doldrums of wedging, and "In Through the Out Door" keeps me focused when I'm taking photos.
My basement studio is a wreck
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Last weekend, after I got home from the beach, I found Jay shovelling a trench around his garage. There is no drainage, and everything inside has been slowly molding: camping equipment, fishing gear, tools. Yup, tools. These are the things that mean something to him. The trench is narrow and the dirt must be removed by 5 gallon bucket. It's another dream home improvement project that could have been completely avoided had the original owners done it right to begin with.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I continue to blog because it has become something entirely different than what I had expected. Initially, I thought I would just chronicle the events, explain the work, and get it all out of my head. Like a writing assignment I've given myself. Then I realized that I actually enjoy writing.
However, I think the real shift came after I was invited to join this Exhibit, and I started readling so many other blogs. I thought to myself that if I was eager to sit at the computer and read about Linda's road trip, Michael's latest pottery challenge or Julia's chickens, perhaps others were just as eager to read about my crazy life. I entertained the possiblity that others might look forward to reading my blog, like I look forward to reading Tracey's, Gary's, and so many others.
During the TRAC Studio Tour last month, Steve Young came to my studio and interviewed me. I started out talking about my work, but since he was my captive audience, I got to talk about lots of things including blogging. The blogging clip is what he decided to include on his blog. Check it out here.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The kids and I spent last week in the Outer Banks with some great friends. Now, it's back to reality and what a doozy that is. Rather than dive directly into studio work, I thought I'd spend some time this morning in the garden.
Lavender with some Gladiolas in the background
Then I made it down to the studio for some throwing. I'm really trying to pick up the pace and contribute more to our household income. I'm pretty pleased at the rate I've been growing my art as a business. I'm narrowing down my shapes and glazes and am ready to branch out a little. I even think I'm ready to load my Etsy shop again.