Since my last post, some major changes have happened. After the conclusion of my MFA show, I packed up my studio in Texas and headed back to my hometown of Oak Park, IL. I have started an artist-in-residence position at Terra Incognito Studios & Gallery. As a resident artist I do some work for the studio and gallery (i.e. - helping keep the studio clean, mixing glazes, making clay, firing kilns, etc.) in exchange for use of the studio. There are 5 other resident artists, and I'm looking forward to working alongside them and exchanging ideas.
With a new studio comes the challenges of adapting to a new way of doing things. The funny thing about ceramics is that it's very scientific, but not. There is a good amount of math and chemistry involved, but everyone does it differently. There are a million different ways to mix glazes, fire kilns and make clay, so I'm relearning it all. Not to mention, I was totally spoiled in school with my own private studio. Now I share a studio with all the other residents and students, and I can't hide my messes behind closed doors anymore (which I was getting really good at). Despite the fact that I no longer have a private studio, I am loving working among others again. I had missed the daily back-and-forth that happens in a community studio, and I have felt warmly welcomed here. I am also SO grateful to get the chance to teach again (yay!). So far, I've taught a few Introduction to the Wheel classes that we offer through Groupon and it's been really fun. Oak Parkers, come by and see me if you get the chance!
It has also been challenging getting back into the groove of making again. I feel very slow these days, but have been working on trying to get some pots made for the holidays. On my list includes replenishing my supplies of mugs, mini planters and hanging planters, and making some new serving dishes. Have any thoughts on what items you'd like to see me make in time for the holidays? I'd love to hear your ideas in the comments below. With big life changes like these, I expect some big changes in my work. I'm feeling the urge to do something different but am not exactly sure what that something is yet. It's exciting but also very frightening. I'll keep you posted as new ideas come about.