The last week has come to a close. Over the weekend after force drying some still slightly damp greenware, I managed to get all my week into the bisque kiln and unloaded this morning, Tuesday 7/16. Everything came out perfectly and packed with appropriate amount of bubble pack, I am feeling better about transporting bisqueware rather than greenware.
I am really appreciative of being able to participate in this albeit, all to short residency. And this is the only shortcoming I would identify with the AIA program at Red Lodge. I was just barely getting started and before I knew it, it was over. I thought I understood this when I accepted Marko's invitation, but the reality of it does hit home when you are in the middle of it and it is over.
The big picture is that I did get out of my studio working by myself or with an intern present, but it is not like working in another facility with other people. I wanted to work on a few ideas, and the reality, yes again, is that only one or two get attention. Really, just one. As I now work mainly handbuilding, everything is still new. Even using press molded pieces and perhaps some thrown parts as additions, I feel that I am just at the beginning of a learning curve in handbuilding. Its interesting to say the least. I reference my early ceramic education and wonder where was the handbuilding? Was it because the wheel held such a fascination to me? Was it because I did not show an interest in handbuilding. I'm not sure, but what I do know is that after so many years in this field, I feel that I am never too old to learn and explore.
I do want to thank Marko, Denny, Sam and Lewy for their companionship, criticisms, banter, Firesign Theater quotes, and the opportunity to work alongside you. And a big shout out of thanks to the Red Lodge Clay Center staff, Jill, Andy, Markus, and the resident artists Tanner, Alexis, Megan, Brittany, and to David, for creating such a fabulous educational facility with exceptional programming.
Images to follow once a better network connection is available. Driving today to the Bray!