November 2013

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planBI confess. I’ve been preoccupied with preparing for an exhibition. (delivering work to the gallery in just a handful of days!)

There’s been much time alone in the studio with my thoughts. I’ve missed people a bit. However, my re-entry into the classroom in mid October has helped provide some respite from the voices in my head.

Ceramics has a sort of rhythm about the process. (I’ve typed about this a couple of times: here and here) Yet, when preparing for a show, everything about this clay business is compressed and overlapped. Pieces that would normally take ten weeks to complete are pushed through in half the time. (a risky endeavor)

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previous posts related to the process:

 I draw
 making marks
• it takes practice
• to draw again

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That push requires that some things be sacrificed, like Saturday afternoons and Sunday evenings, planting my winter garden and cooking dinner more often than ordering pizza, commission work and inventory*. (Old Mother Hubbard has nothing on my sparse studio shelves – not a mug to be found!)

As I near the end of this manic stretch (just a couple weeks till the opening), I’m feeling good about where I’m at. Though there’s a lot yet to do, my thoughts aren’t as distracting this week. Also, I’ve managed to consolidate several to-do lists into a single stack.

If you’re in town, make plans to stop by – the show runs through December 19th.

Central Arizona College
Visual Arts Gallery
8470 N. Overfield Rd, Coolidge, AZ 85128
Opening: November 12, 2013  6-8pm

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*Bergies Coffee Roast House and Practical Art: I’ll be back on the horse as soon as I catch my breath.


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