7am get up
830 go to class and start to work
10am slides or discussion or demo
1pm back to work
2pm demo or keep working
3pm beer break?
430 clean up and read aloud supremely trashy pirate romance
5pm cocktail hour or go for a walk cocktails, walk...cocktails, walk...hmmm
7pm back to the studio and work
815 some evenings there are visiting artist slides or presentations.
915 ichat with Brian
930-11 work in the studio
til midnight or so my roommates and I gab about our day and laugh our asses off.
My days are pretty full and I am trying to absorb all the things that I am learning here. Every day there is something going on, we even had a forest fire in the neighbourhood last week. I guess a train gave off a spark and caught some brush on fire and there were helicopters flying all over the place.
We have gone on a couple of field trips with more next week to some local potters studios. There are a TON of potters around here. It is amazing because a lot of them are the same people that I have been idolizing the last few years. We went to Nick Joerling's studio and he is so nice and willing to share his information with us. We also went to Glaze Master John Britt's studio. Crazy glazing!! wow! I can't even explain some of the glazes he has formulated. He does mainly cone 10 which is way out of my heat range but it was very cool to see what he is making. He is most famous I think for his oil spot glazes which are phenomenal.
We have also had the privilege to have some incredible visiting artists come in and demo their techniques. Last week we had Jason Burnett come in for two days and show us his methods of screen printing on clay. It included burning our screens and doing a transfer technique with newsprint and coloured slips. It was fun and he is freakin' hilarious. I have not laughed so much since I arrived here!! We had Jason do our trashy novel reading a couple of afternoons in a row and he was fabulous!
This week since Kathy was supposed to head off to NCECA we have had an alternate instructor come in from Florida. Julie Guyot does a similar technique to Jason's but she also uses water slide decals on her work. I have learned to say deecal instead of decal. I think I am actually getting a bit of a twang going on. I still haven't said "Y'all" which is fine by me but I have a feeling by the end of 8 weeks it will have surfaced. Be prepared for my return to Canada with a southern accent!lol I ask learned today that Americans say "Catty Corner" instead of "Kitty Corner"!!! I still can't stop laughing at that one!haha
Kathy King is my instructor and in the 3 weeks that I have been here at Penland I have learned soooo much from her. I can't believe how my work and ideas have evolved in such a short time. Kathy is an awesome teacher and extremely giving with all her information. As well as surface techniques, she is also including an art history course that she teaches at Harvard. Yes she is an instructor at Harvard, how cool is that?!!
I have been throwing a lot more than I normally do and i am going to use this 8 weeks to hone some of my skills in that department. Kathy showed us how to make a 3 part thrown object with a lid and this is what I came up with....
Dont laugh too hard!!lol it was really disproportioned so I added a lid with flower holes and a base. I heard a good friend say to "work it till it's pretty!" It has a slight lean so it needs to be placed strategically on the right crooked table for maximum effect. I will be inlaying black into the incised lines and I think I will also be adding some commercial and laser printed deecals to it.
I am currently waiting for the first batch of glaze fired work to come out of the kiln to see how my pieces turned out. The mugs that everyone freaked out over got broken one by one as I was glazing them. On to bigger and better things!!!
Walkway to the ceramics studio, flowers are blooming and the whole wall is made of ceramic pieces.
Ceramics studio with the fabulous Pirate's Patio. During the last windstorm our pirate flag blew off but we still have the christmas lights on the railing.
Road on campus where I went for a walk today. All the flowers are blooming and the trees are budding out. It is beautiful but still a bit chilly when the wind comes up. The are carpenter bees here that are bigger than the bumble bees in Canada. They are all freaking out right now and getting all territorial or something. last week they were dopey and half dead, this week they are buzzing around like crazy and attacking each other. I guess they make huge holes in wood siding and do a lot of damage to buildings here. People here don't really like them but I think they are pretty cool looking and they hover and really still and watch what you are doing, it is creepy.
Well it is beer time....Cheers!!