Spring Studio News

As spring follows winter…
During the cold and quiet of winter, I moved steadily through projects, making molds, testing new glazes, refining utilitarian forms, improving press-molding techniques, casting wax and then bronze, carving wood, and combining materials to finish several new sculptures.
The gallery is full.
I also reflected on my teaching career. I loved teaching. Two things keep me from missing it more than I do. The first, is the multitude of opportunities to witness my former students grow into their lives. Social media, encounters around town, meeting partners and children, and studio visits (mine and theirs) feed my hope, polish my pride, and deepen my gratitude that I once was, and may still be, a part of their creative lives.
Two shining, pertinent examples are Megan Flynn who will also be hosting a sale at her own beautiful Lincolnville studio next Saturday and  Margaret Rizzio who is currently showing at Dowling Walsh in Rockland.
The second thing that keeps me from missing the classroom is the work before me –– particularly because there are meaningful parallels between the two. Both require dedicated practice and loads of preparation. Setting goals and objectives is key to creating an environment open to success. However, the fullness of human nature is paradoxical and our lives occur as an accumulation of moments. I know that many of the best moments of my teaching came when I forgot intention, ignored technique, dashed hope, and simply got out of the way of the learning. So it is with much of my best art work. It comes in moments – moments when I simply pay attention, stop pushing the river, and allow it to flow through me. I am grateful for those moments.

I have lots of new work to show you. In order to make room for work currently in progress (we begin loading Jody Johnstone’s wood-fired kiln May 16th), many items will be marked down for the weekend. And of course, there will be cookies. If you can’t make here this weekend, I hope to hear from you soon or see you this summer.

Next Open Studio is scheduled for July 8 and 9. I’ll be hosting two amazing guest artists: Mark Bell and Tim Christensen. We will be a designated stop on the New England Crafts Tour and 10% of our weekend sales will be donated to the building fund at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.

One last thing: if you happen to be in Southern France this summer, Aix-en-Provence will be hosting a city-wide, multi-venue exhibition honoring the work of Atelier Buffile. The Buffiles, a multi-generational family of ceramic artists and teachers, generously made room for me in their vibrant, light-filled studio during a 1996 sabbatical. They are a significant influence on the artist I am today. Many facets of my life are inspired by their example. I am honored to have examples of my work in the exhibit.