jamie: we made it to ohio.
nicole: yeah, we got to see some good art today, made it through three states and met up with missy mccormick.
jamie: (she’s staring at the ceiling, about to fall asleep?) who would have thought that 70 degrees would be freezing? driving through the tennessee mountains was beautiful, until you wanted to put a bag over your ears.
nicole: yeah, who would have thought i was such a sensitive, fragile flower? but i didn’t actually puke, so that was good. the views today were great.
jamie: it was like a roller coaster ride. big bone lick state park! who would have thunk?
nicole: ok, so the blue spiral was sweet. especially the book arts guy.
jamie: um hm. shame the clayspace coop was still closed. but that’s ok, i didn’t need to buy anything considering the car is filled to the gills.
nicole: totally. oh man, i loved that guy at the service station. i love southern accents.
jamie: did we talk about the music in asheville? i’m ready to move just to listen to the fiddles and banjos all day.
nicole: it was super nice, especially the one woman’s singing and the banjo guy.
jamie: what about the fiddles? 3 fiddles, 2 banjos and a guitar.
today was a fun, packed day. we went to the blue spiral gallery in downtown asheville. there was a whole bunch of sweet art there, like virginia scotchie, shoko teruyama and alice ballard. i was especially delighted to see ballard’s work in person. i am such a huge fan of her forms, especially the pods and rattles. did a quick stop by the river arts district, got on the road and powered through until cincinnati, ohio. once there we checked out a clay studio called funke fired arts at the recommendation of recent cincinnati local missy mccormick, who i know from her time at fau. there was a great gallery space up front, a retail store and a huge work space which was shockingly tidy. i had to snap some shots of the highly organized space. this is the kind of think i dream about. seriously.
after that we went over to missy’s studio and she showed us her work. i loved the little wall pillows she was working on in denmark and the patterns she’s working with now. it was great to catch up and hear about someone so fully living the clay life.
finally, at the hotel. time to crash.