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Monday, May 10, 2010

Regroup...

My life is a constant rollercoaster...busy busy racing to put out the next fire.


The last few weeks have been consumed with teaching, developing class schedules, firing projects, etc. It has been paying the bills, but hasn't left me a lot of time to create and make product.


Needless to say the studio is somewhat of a disaster. I have product to put away...I started Farmer's Market Saturday, so I will be doing that most Saturdays. After a long winter it is nice to get out and see the community. I did okay. I was quite early...I don't usually see 6 am, but I was able to set up okay, took me a little longer. Should get faster as I get into the swing of things... I have clay to reclaim...oh how I dream of a pug mill, someday. For now I will have to get some soaking and make some platters out of it. I have really been going through the clay with all of these school projects. Will need to reorder about 500# of clay this week, I think I am down to about 50#.

I also need to reorganize my glaze and take some inventory, and then I will reorder that as well. I also have a mountain of paperwork...I hate the paperwork and my files are a mess. To think my first few years of college were spent studying accounting, what was I thinking. Ugh.

So this is the reality of living the dream...somedays I get to just sit in my studio and make stuff, but it is those other days or organizing, cleaning, and paperwork, where I really feel I have to work at it.


I don't think I am alone...I have talked to other artists about this artistic cycle. Mad flurry of creating and efficiency, followed by the regrouping and clean up. I think the organizing of studio and paperwork, is the lull before the creative storm.


It's okay, I will be working on my list so I can get my chores done so I can get my hands back in the clay... I am really excited about this month. I don't have a lot of classes to teach so I can really focus about getting into produciton.


My next BIG BIG thing is the Bellevue Arts Festival 6th Street Fair in July 23-25. They called me the other day to inform me, that because I got BEST IN SHOW last year, that I didn't need to submit a jury fee and they were giving me my choice of a corner booth in the middle of the festival. Exciting!! So now I will have even more sides to sell from out of my booth....planning something even bigger and better for this year.


I am really trying to start NOW planning for Bellevue, so I don't have to kill myself and my mom & friends with so many late nights right before the show...gonna try to be a little better prepared, we will see...I will keep you posted.


Okay...enough about me. Anyone else out there that feels this way?

I got to get to work....

Teaching Clay in the local Schools...

The last several weeks, I have been teaching in the local schools. I did a two week afterschool project with Ephrata Middle School where we made picture frames and wallpockets...43 projects! Then last week I spent a day at the Middle School teaching the art classes a Clay 101. They were starting their clay unit, so I gave a very brief overview of clay, glaze, construction methods, and the wheel. It was fun to be back in the classroom teaching.

The last few Wednesdays, I recently did a clay flower project (72 flowers) with Coulee City Elementary...the entire elementary school k-5 did an amazing job. They are all becoming quite the ceramicists... I went there in December and we did a clay mirror project, and then we did this project for Mother's Day!
All of their projects were a great success, love the idea of all these great little kids marching home with a flower in their hand. Made me remember why ART is so important for kids, the steps, the process, the creativity...all so important.
This flower was done by Ava Heathman, great paint job! It was so great to get into the schools and give the kids a chance to create. Coulee City's PTO paid me to produce this project, which was a win win for both of us.

Here they are 72 all in a row....now that's a garden. It inspires me I need to make some more flowers for my shop.


All this teaching has got me thinking...I have been talking to some local principals about heading to their schools to do the same thing, teaching the kids and possibly some inservice days teaching the teachers.
I do love to teach it is so rewarding to share with another and to see that creative spark when they create.
Looking forward to teaching this summer at the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center: I have 11 kids classes and 14 adult classes scheduled...should be fun!


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cannon Beach...Art Offerings...Cass Barney

Words just really can't describe the power of the ocean...

I went with my Jim to visit my fabulous artist friends Cass & Dan Barney , she was having an art opening in Cannon Beach for the spring art unveiling... her paintings were so beautiful....I have started a Cass Fund, someday I want to walk in and buy one of her wonderful paintings...she is so cool! I feel recharged...I spent time with people I love seeing dear cherished friends, enjoying the calm powerful beauty of the ocean, making art... the thing I love about living in eastern washington is how big the sky is...maybe that is what I love about the ocean just the space and how endless it is..it feeds me...
Last time I was at Cannon Beach with Cass, we made a little art movie...I got to thinking the thing I love when at the ocean is looking for all the treasures you find, a cool shell, a piece of driftwood, a rock.
Decided to create my own little art offering... whipped up some clay ocean pod thingys and headed to the beach and my creative friends...

We drew mermaids and offered them to the sea...imagining what people who discover them think is the coolest part. Art is an offering...feeds me and feeds another.
Cass(http://churningsandburnings.blogspot.com) was the videographer for the event, can't wait to see what she comes up with...
More photos and story of the movie to come... stay tuned.