The last couple of months have felt like that. At the end of March, I had the opportunity to present my work in front of thousands of people at the NCECA Conference in Seattle, WA and I was named one of six emerging artists. As the May issue of Ceramics Monthly came out, I was recognized as one of fourteen emerging artists featured in the magazine (the people's choice awards are open for one final day, you can cast your vote here.)
|Delivering my presentation in Seattle at the NCECA Conference
While delivering my NCECA presentation, I had the opportunity to publicly thank those who have supported my efforts. I have so many reasons to be grateful right now. Sherman Hall's From the Editor in the May issue of Ceramics monthly addresses key points of community, working together, and gratitude. His words resonate with me as I look to the last few weeks of my residency at Arrowmont.
This year at Arrowmont has been one of community: working together to accomplish many tasks. The other residents and I just finished installing our end of year exhibition: we produced a catalog of the show that can be viewed online here. It is very appropriate that we will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Arrowmont residency by hosting a reunion retreat: "Celebrating 20: Building and Maintaining a Community." I am excited to meet and hang out with 50+ past Arrowmont residents for one week right before I leave this wonderful place.
Sometimes I think the biggest challenge of the really big hill is savoring the moment on the way down.
My next adventure (the next hill) will be establishing my own studio in Kansas City, MO. This is something I have wanted for some time and I am jittery with excitement about this move. I wonder how much speed I can build. Better keep on pedaling.
|May 2012 Issue of Ceramics Monthly