The Studio Barn is finished. OK it's finished in the construction and I'm working on the details that make my working space feel juicy with creative flow. Painting, building shelves and moving my rather startling amount of pottery equipment into this new space has taken me the better part of 3 months. I'm close really close. So I took the plunge and said it's time to start classes and schedule my open studios!
My first open studios will be held here at 5 Stearns Rd. Amherst, NH USA December 5,6 and 7 .Friday the 5th is from 4-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 10-4.
So here is the thing. It's not really finished. Truth be told I don't think it will ever be finished. Like my life, it is an ongoing art project that keeps developing, changing and evolving. I am learning that I don't need to be finished to share what makes my heart sing. If you are looking for posh sophistication I am not your girl. I am more the in your face with my heart on fire ready to share what makes me dance in place while I talk about it kind of person. I am ready to share with you my in progress messy unfinished creative new barn studio. Come on over and see what I'm up to. Come celebrate my new endeavor. Perhaps you can get a christmas present too should you be so inclined. I'd love to see you all but be forewarned I can be found at any moment joyfully dancing in place while I tell you all about it!
This week I will be working on my creatively built wood kiln on the hill at my home.
It is exciting to me to open my wood kiln project up for the season. Life is ripe for construction. It will be warm not hot and without a lot of bugs (just yet). I have the company of fine men and women all clearly with a love and passion to see this kiln born. I will post pictures as I get them.
Tomorrow we will be putting a second layer of recycled kiln brick and high temperature castable refractory onto the outside of the electric kiln bodies. We are exploring how to build a wood fired kiln from repurposed, re-used, reclaimed and recycled parts. There is very little new parts. I did end up buying some brick for the chimney because I ended up with a woefully small amount of chimney brick.
I sit at my wheel hands slick with the clay and water smoothly circling around as the clay on the wheel starts to form in the familiar pattern and with the rhythm of creation I've experienced hundreds of times before. It is the same and yet each time it is totally new. There is a moment when I wonder will it make it off the wheel? Then it is removed and I start again, fresh and new dancing in rhythm, balance, memory and faith sweetly coxing a new co-created earthly treasure. My new pot.
It could be said for my life as well. Each time I start again fresh with the promise to dance a new rhythm, balance my life, and remember that I am sweetly coaxing a new experience from my life. Each pot I make has the history of it's creation wrapped up in it's form and function. Each new experience in my life brings me the opportunity express love here on earth. For today that is enough. Tomorrow I will start again.