our a.i.r. studios are burning up about now. st. pete clay is housed in a big red brick train station from the 1920’s. up front where the member studios, retail galleries and highwater clay are housed is air conditioned but walking back through the building, once you hit the kiln room, it’s nothing but toasty. i spent most of the day at the studio today but after an hour or so i had to run out for beverages. using my sweet rolling sculpture stands i moved everything up front. when sabo left to go back to alaska his space transitioned into a small work area for classes or overheated a.i.r.s so that’s where i set up. went and got some vitamin water and um, regular water and got back to work.
it was great to spend the whole day working in the studio. right now is kind of a transitional time. during this residency i have worked really hard to “be around” as much as possible and not take this time or space for granted. i had a really good job situation, working part time with benefits at my main job and part time at creative clay but recently, due to the crazy economy, i had to go full time to keep my benifits. not that i’m complaining. i am definitely thankful that there was a position for me to transition into. now i have the task ahead of me to continue to be around and continue learning with less time. i know this summer will be tough, and i’ll struggle to keep my nose to the grindstone. so far though, being at work more has made me feel more motivated to get into the studio in the time i do have.
i’m preparing for my end of residency show. it’s not officially scheduled yet but will be in early fall, september or so. hard to believe i’ve been at this 9 monthes. i have learned so much, made a lot of work and done a few shows. by the time i put that solo show up, fill up a whole gallery with shit i made, i think i will be pretty satisfied with my experience.
i’m also putting together some little guys for the annual flower and garden sale next next weekend. my parents are obsessed with gardening so they separated out some baby succulent plants for me to make some pots for. i’m not much of a vessel maker but hopefully they’ll be sweet.
stay tuned for the after….