After living in Boone for nearly eight years, it is time to say goodbye. This little college town has been so good to me. Not only did I have a wonderful undergraduate experience there, but I got to cultivate really meaningful relationships with a lot of wonderful people. As difficult as it is to say goodbye, I have so much to look forward to in Atlanta.
One of the major things I get to look forward to is attending graduate school. Yes, I will be going to graduate school after all. After receiving an unexpected call from Christina West to invite me to join the M.F.A. program at Georgia State, I now find myself mentally preparing for the start of the school year. With a non-stop schedule throughout the summer, I'm almost completely moved into my new studio and my new home. Joe and I are also home owners now. I could not have dreamed a better situation. We are incredibly happy and fortunate to be able to continue our pursuing our artistic careers in a new city alongside one another.
With all of the positive change and new beginnings, I look forward to sharing with you all that comes flooding out of me in the months to come. Please stay tuned as I will be updating the blog a lot more regularly. Thanks for your interest and support!
Life can be very unpredictable and surprising. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, life throws you a curve ball. A BIG curve ball! I spent all winter working and preparing myself for graduate school this fall. After a very successful application and interview process, I finally made the decision to attend Edinboro University for my graduate studies. However, that has all changed in the course of a month.
I am very happy to say that Joe has received and accepted a full-time faculty position in the Department of Art at Spelman College in Atlanta. This very joyful and somewhat unexpected offer has changed our whole situation. We now find ourselves closer to reaching major career and life goals then ever before. As much as I was looking forward to graduate school, it seems that I've been pulled down another path toward Atlanta, GA.
If you are looking at graduate schools in the coming years for ceramics, I highly recommend taking a good look at Edinboro University. I'm not sure what's in the water up there, but there are some pretty exciting things coming out of the ceramic department from both the undergrads and graduate students. Check out their program:
My class in the Craft Enrichment Program has come to an end for this semester, but I am happy to say that I will be teaching an animal sculpting class every Monday for the month of June. I had a wonderful group of students for the figure sculpting class and hope that you will be able to join us this summer for, "Hooves, Paws, and Claws." Hope to see you there!
Hello everyone and happy spring!
It has been a rough winter here in Boone, but I've had a lot of exciting things happen during these past snowy months. After spending Christmas preparing for graduate school applications, it seems my hard work has really paid off. I decided to apply to seven different graduate programs all across the country and feel very fortunate to say that ALL seven programs had me listed as a finalist. This whole experience has been incredibly encouraging to say the least!
After several official offers and much research and deliberation, I am happy to announce that I have chosen Edinboro University as my graduate program. Crisinta Cordova was the person who put this school on my radar and I'm so glad she did because the more I researched the program the more interested I became. With the three main focuses of the ceramic program being glaze chemistry, mold-making, and figure sculpting, I believe it is a perfect fit for me. It feels great to know where I will be spending the next three years of my life. I think the work is going to explode out of me!
I also wanted to share some images from the latest workshops that I've been involved in lately. The first two images have been from Cristina Cordova and Jason Bige Burnett's collaborative workshops titled, "The Printed Figure." The class was in such high demand that they decided to split it into two separate sessions. Jason's clay screen printing techniques and slip applications were mind-blowing. Daniel Long and I were fortunate enough to assist both Cristina and Jason during the workshops. I left both sessions incredibly inspired. Please feel free to check-out more of their upcoming workshops at www.travel-arte.com.
In late February my class, "Exploring the Figure in Clay" started in the Craft Enrichment Program at Appalachian State University. I have been so impressed with my students! They have been working really hard on their sculptures so I wanted to take the time to recognize them by sharing some images of what we've been up to.
That's all for now! New work is on the way so stay tuned!
Happy New Year!
I am very excited to share what I've been up to in the studio with images of brand new work! I've been preparing for graduate school applications and portfolio submissions since August. There are six schools on my list and I've already sent off two applications. It has been a great start to 2014.
All of these sculptures would not have been possible without the kindness and generosity of Cristina Cordova and Bob Meier. Both Cristina and Bob have let me fire my work in their kilns and take up space in their studios repeatedly throughout the many months. Without them I would have no way of firing my work!
I would also like to recognize and thank the members of the Nth Degree Gallery It is in the Nth that all of this work was created. I am very thankful to have my studio space among so many incredible artists and wonderful people.
I am forever grateful to you all for your constant support!
This February I will be teaching a figure sculpting class in the Craft Enrichment Program at Appalachian State University. The class will meet Thursday nights from 6:00-8:30 pm starting February 20th to April 10th. Please visit their website for more information and sign up today!
It's that time of year! There's a lot of beautiful handmade items to complete your shopping lists here in the High Country. This weekend is the popular holiday TRAC tour of Mitchell and Yancey counties. Come and visit the studios of the wonderful artists that thrive in and around the Penland area. The TRAC tour
The 27th Annual Appalachian Potters Market is also happening this weekend in Marion, NC. Come and visit Bob and some of the other artists from Doe Ridge Pottery at McDowell High School from 10 am to 4 pm today. The show consists of 66 potters under one roof. Please help support the artists in your area by shopping local this holiday season. They will be happy to see you.
Hello everyone! I've been working really hard in the studio to produce new work for graduate school applications due this winter. Here's a peek at what I've been up to.
Yes, another cow lady has pranced into my thoughts. I would love to sculpt this series life-size. I feel like they would be so much more powerful if I could increase the scale. Maybe in graduate school...We'll have to wait and see.
I just finished a visiting artist lecture today at Appalachian State University for Lynn Duryea's Professional Practice class. This is the second year I have been invited to present for the class and I always leave feeling energized and refreshed about art making. Lynn's Professional Practice class was one of the most informative and beneficial classes I took during my undergraduate studies. She worked relentlessly to bring in as many artists from all media and all walks of life into the classroom to talk with us about this challenging career choice. It was during this class that I began to understand what it means to be a full-time studio artist.
Therefore, I would like to thank Lynn and her class for inviting me to speak today. I would also like to thank the other two visiting artists of the day, Branch Richter and Ben Wesemann. All three of us are alumni of the A.S.U. program and have very different stories to tell.
Lynn has a new website and a beautiful show on display at Santa Fe Clay in New Mexico. If you're out west, check out her work. If not, you can see it here at: www.lynnduryea.com
Also, the lovely, Melisa Cadell, came to give a visiting artist lecture at the university yesterday. She was the very first artist that I interned with about three years ago. It was so good to see her and to watch how her work has evolved since her time in graduate school. I cannot wait to see what she'll do next!
The Nth Degree Gallery and Studios needs work for our 15th Annual Halloween Show! The show is open to all media, but each piece submitted must be hang ready. Work may be dropped off at the Nth gallery between 7 to 10 pm on
October 7th, 14th, 21st, and 24th.
The Nth members meet every Monday night at 8:00 pm. We are always accepting show proposals for local and emerging artists of all mediums. Hope to see you there!
It is official. Joe and I are man and wife.
I am now a Bigley!
We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day or a more memorable honeymoon. After traveling across the country for a month and a half, it feels good to be back home in Boone. I am so grateful to Bob Meier at Doe Ridge Pottery and Cristina Cordova, for giving me two incredible studio assistantships to return to. As the fall approaches, so do deadlines for shows and graduate schools. I plan on spending the next few months of my life completely immersed in the studio. I apologize in advice to my friends and family. This new work requires all the love and attention I can spare. Hopefully, these long hours will pay off.
The website will be under going some changes, so please stay tuned for new work and a new look!
Newly-wed life is bliss!