This weekend is the Toe River Arts Council studio tour. It’s a great opportunity to visit your favorite artists in their studios and discover new artists, as well. I will be in my studio at 60 S. Mitchell Ave in downtown Bakersville along with David Trophia jewelry, John Lara jewelry, and Valerie Schnaufer ceramics. We’ll be having a good time and we hope that you can stop by for cocktail and see our new work. The studio will be open Friday, June 6 from 12-4, Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 12-5. Our number on the tour map is 35. It’s the bright blue building.
This Saturday, November 23, I will be back in Marshall, NC to take part in the Marshall Handmade Market. We started this show when I still had my studio at Marshall High Studios and it still has that homey feeling that comes from a group of friends getting together to throw a party, but at this party you get to take home some great art and craft. Marshall has a special kind of charm that I have always struggled to put into words but it will always feel a bit like home to me. Maybe that’s because it was the first place I landed when I moved to North Carolina. It’s where I made friends and established my place in the WNC arts community. It’s where my relationship grew and my work flourished. Many of you have heard me go all gooey about Marshall before but that’s okay because it’s sincere. It’s a special place and I can’t wait to see my friends in Marshall this Saturday. David will be joining me in my booth with his very popular mica earrings, Come on out and spend the day in this charming place enjoying some great art. Have a bite to eat, stroll along the French Broad River, and take home something special for the holidays. You can read all about it in the Mountain Express at http://www.mountainx.com/article/54316/Class-project
I spent this week at Penland taking a mold making class from Mi-Sook Hur. It was such a great group of women who were all excited to be doing something new. I had never really done any mold making before and Mi-Sook presented a lot of information and patiently guided us through numerous mold making processes. These are just some of the things that I did in class. One of my favorite things is the big Asian pear that I started doing some drawing on. I think it will become a brooch. Now it’s time to let it all sink in and figure out how the pieces will fit into my work. Taking a class is always a great use of time. Sometimes a workshop ends up being something that doesn’t really fit with your style but you will still learn some little thing that changes the way you work. It may be that you learn just as much from the other students as you do from your instructor. It’s special time to focus on some small aspect of making and the discussions that occur among the students can give you new perspective so don’t hesitate to sign up for a workshop some time soon. The class was such great fun and I will miss all of my new friends but I expect to see some of them again before too long! Thanks to Mi-Sook and her assistant Audrey for such a fun class. It was the messiest class I’ve ever taken but there was never a dull moment.