Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ready, Set, Teach and Make Art

My first week of self-employment was not glamorous, but it sure was constructive. I spent days unpacking materials from school, setting up shelving and organizing everything from pencils to files. But now I am ready. My studio now encompasses two floors. The first floor is the pottery studio, which has received a very through cleaning this week and the second floor is now the drawing and painting classroom. Open shelving loaded with materials, a huge wonderful work table (made by by husband--thank you very much), a time-line of art and a cozy sitting area ideal for relaxing and socializing after a class completes the room. My hope for this space is to teach art lessons linked to art history and world culture to students of all ages. I also envision it to be used for parties like birthdays and "Girls Night Out." Wouldn't it be fun to get together with a few friends, make a project as a gift or for yourself, then relax and have a glass of wine (byob) and a few snacks? I think so! Give me a call and we can set something up.

I now have my first week of pottery lessons in full swing. This week's theme is Nature. We are making vases and garden tiles from the impressions of leaves and flowers and maybe a little garden gnome? We will see what the rest of the week holds. Week 2 should be fun as well as we are doing a favorite of many--Egypt! So many wonderful objects and designs to draw inspiration.

Last but not least (I hope) I have cleaned and orgainzed my own pottery work. My limited shelving space is brimming with pots full of seasonal colors inspired from landscapes both seen and imagined. I am so excited to finally be able to make pots on a more regular basis again. If you are interested in purchasing something let me know and we can make arrangements. Eventually I hope to have a few good stores to sell my work as well as an online source. But that will all come in time.

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