To find out more information about this residency check out their website.
Arches National Park: Delicate Arch Trail
Additional Tip: follow advice to wear spikes when there is snow or ice. The very last part of the trail has drop offs and we even saw skid marks of someone sliding off the trail earlier that morning!
Zion National Park: Angel's Landing
This is a strenuous 5 mile roundtrip hike with sheer drop offs. I do not recommend this hike for anyone with a fear of heights. Honestly, I am still a little surprised I did the hike in the snow...thankfully we rented some great yak spikes that made the hike doable.
If you are up to this challenging hike, it is extremely memorable and beautiful. We even saw a condor soaring at the peak.
15 kilns in 15 days
This was a unique project with a unique donation to build 18 kilns in San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua in just a few weeks. They put out this open call (advertisement as seen on the left) requesting volunteers, and I ceased the opportunity and went.
Images below are pictures from constructing one of the two kiln designs. Same design from multiple building sites.
1. Base Levels:
Leveled block base, first brick layer, first level of walls, the flue, stoking holes, and opening to body of kiln.
2. Floor of kiln, continuation of walls, flues to chimney and start of chimney's base.
4. Arch of kiln
The cut barrel is permanently left inside of kiln. The trickiest part of the kiln build is getting arch to come up at consistent level and even to attempt to have a consistent key brick.
5. Completed Kiln
It is a wood burning double cross draft wood to be fired to bisque temperatures.
A few of the families that were receiving the kilns and some of the volunteers.
Potters for Peace, is a non-profit that partners with local people in the developing world. They help rural potters become self-sustaining through access to local resources. This sustaining model builds skills and empowerment for future success of the villages. Potters for Peace also promotes simple, affordable ceramic water filter technology that brings life-saving clean drinking water to communities in developing parts of the world.
This past summer, I was selected to be a resident artist at Zentrum für Keramik in Berlin, Germany.
I worked along side of Helen Otterson and Eric Thornton who I had previously worked with at the International Ceramics Studio, in Kecskemét, Hungary. As artists working at different colleges, facing similar challenges associated with teaching, maintaining studios, and collegiate service, our residency in Germany allowed us the time and space to explore new materials and building techniques. Surrounded by inspiration visually and culturally enabled us to connect our mutual love of art, desserts, and travel. While in Berlin, we visited many art museums, bakeries, chocolatiers, and open-air food markets.
The “Küchen” exhibit at Zentrum für Keramik-Berlin was the culmination of our diligent efforts to connect deserts to there serving vessels. With the diversity of attendees, desert filled ceramics became the international language that united the observers and artists as we experienced our time together in ways that go beyond language.
Works from the “Küchen” will be traveling to Hood College’s exhibit "Decadence of Display: Ceramics for Dessert." The exhibit will also include works by additional invited artists. “Decadence of Display” will be open January 26 through February 20th at Whitaker Gallery at Hood College. The reception is Thursday, January 26th from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.
I am in the midst of working on applications for an art residency this summer, and just remembering how awesome my times were working both in Hungary and China. These art residencies are a great time to freely play with making work outside of what I usually do and to gain inspiration from different cultures in every sense.
Fingers crossed for what program I might get into for this summer.
Porcelain pieces that I made at the International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary, 2014
Porcelain pieces that I made at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China, 2012. Additional images of the team work, and skilled ceramic workers in China.