Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sittin around the house takin care of my sick little boy. He is experincing his first allergy bomb in his nine months on this earth. Although it does suck and even more for him, I think this is the very best for his little immune system. I think thats why my generation and all those after are always sick. We kept our kids in the ac instead of letting them play in ther dirt and get exposed to the first pollen of each year. This will be good for him in the long run. Even though hes got a runny nose and sneeze he still trucks around like nothing phases him. Rocket can crawl now and sees everything in a new light. Everyday he becomes more and more addictive. Hes really a trip to watch and hang out with. We love em like nothin else. 4 bridges art festival was a little slow on sat but sun turned out to be great. What a great show and great people. I had more friends at this show then I have ever been at. We have some really great artists here in chattanooga and a strong a talented clay movement here and ready to bust wide open. If you havent met Stephanie Stueffer or TJ than you really need to. They were the emerging artists at 4 bridges this year and their work is off the hook. Very cool couple. Now local potter Anderson Bailey who is in my old studio over at loose cannons. His work is incredible and soon to explode chattanooga. Over all the show was great. I was glad to be there representing Chattanooga and my work. I will be in Birmingham AL for the Magic City Art Connection April 23-25. I did finally get my tomatoes in the garden. Theres a nice cool shady place where Rocket chews on his toothbrush and shares with sandy the next door neighbors pug. They love each other and their hygiene.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Just got back from giving a workshop at John C Campbell Folkschool. What an awsome place. I got to be there when the new leaves were coming in and the days were'nt as hot as they are gonna be. It wasn't as busy as most months there which was really nice. Mike Lalone, the clay resident invited me up after we chatted while ana took photos of his pots. That was about a year and 1/2 ago. I've since gotten the workshop buzz and have booked with a handfull of craftschools. I still do about 10 shows a year and having the workshop supplement in between I can spend a little more time on our house and hopefully a good garden this year. I met some really great artists and craftsmen/women. The food was great. You get to really hear the quick and interesting stories of peoples lives while you eat. Everybody from everywhere. My students were on fire. They really jumped from where they were at with the clay to ideas that inspired me as well as making a frienship in a weeks time. I would like to give another workshop emphazing the wood kiln and more bold and sculptural pots. The cooking classes are where its at though and I will be taking a class soon enough. You could smell the barbeque wafting through the trees if you passed by. Made me crazy. I've been pushing my thrown and slab built pots as well as the slab handles. My pots primarily consist of slab handles except for my mugs which I prefer for know. My next event is the 4 Bridges art festival here in Chattanooga starting april 17 and 18. For upcoming workshops and shows check out my website www.shadowpottery.com Also had a great ester when I got back with my family and family of good friends. Cooked two hams, mamas homemade mustard mac n cheese, twice baked potatoes and alot of hungry friends. Good beer, good food, good friends,good lord.