With students going their ways and the studio quiet till the end of summer (student slots becoming available soon for fall), now is the time for me to experiment as well as make some fall inventory.
I will schedule work around the Women Working With Clay symposium in Roanoke, Virginia, which begins next Monday. I love this symposium, as it is given and attended by gifted and capable people, and is very small, less than 40 people in a fairly intimate college setting at Hollins U. I'll write about that as it happens, and while I go over my notes and photos afterward. I come back inspired from this one.
I will also schedule work for either side of our 2 weeks in Maine, where I'll be refreshing my senses- all of me, really- with hiking and kayaking.
In between, time will be limited, and I'll have to work like mad. But I do love my work. The agenda: various kinds of candle holders, honey jars, and whatever is interesting in the minutes in between.
My favorite studio assistant will come mix up some glazes this week! I love when someone else becomes available to do the powdery work. My asthma thanks her (even if I wear a HEPA rated excellent filter mask, it's better done by someone else).
I hope the giant sunflower seeds I planted along the fence are sprouting! As soon as I get back in a day or so from Israel, where I have been visiting family, I will have a peek. There has to be room in life for watching the garden grow! I'm ready to pull some weeds on breaks from the studio.