So here we go moving back to San Diego from Maine, a place that we love dearly, to start a new job and life. The first day didn’t go quite as planned. The movers took about twice as long as expected so we left forMassacgusetts around 7 and arrived in the middle of the night. The next day though, we woke up at my aunt Karen and uncle Steve’s in Adams Mass, visited my grandmother, and went to Mass Moca to see the fantastic Alex Da Corte show and the Sol Lewitt wall work. Then on to Amertah’s dad’s in Nyskayuna NY. Next stop, Hudson Valley for a book reading by my sister in law Dorothy, and hangouts with old friends and my brother.
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Well, this June, I was able to cross off a major life goal from my bucket list (I hate the phrase “bucket list” but there you have it) by teaching my first full session course at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft.
I first attended Haystack as a work Study student in 2007, an experience that was directly responsible for me applying to graduate school and formative to me in many ways. Since then, Haystack has served as a yearly (sometimes a few times a year in one capacity or another) reset. While I have taught short workshops there over the years, this was my first time as a two week course instructor and it did not disappoint. The class, entitled “Reinterpreting the Familiar Object” was loose in theme with sporadic intensive demonstrations and one on one training and discussion. A small group, my Seven student class consisted of a fantastic mix of people from a broad spectrum of life.
I teach best in these kinds of settings. A class in which students propose their own ideas, and I guide them through the execution of that idea. We had furniture, turning, sculptural boat forms, and much more. So much fun and such a great group.
Here is a smattering of images from the class.
Also, we were there for an amazing full moon on the summer solstice. It was positively glowing for most of the two week session.
Stay tuned for more updates as I prepare to leave Maine for California and a whole new grownup teaching adventure.
It seems that this blog, which started as a log of my everyday thought process, has increasingly replaced regular process and “what’s new” content, with sporadic major announcements. Today, I want to share with you all a big one…
After 5 years living and working in Portland Maine and at the Maine College of Art, a brief spell teaching in New Bedford Mass, a semester in residence at UW Madison, and a whole lot of fun times back in the Northeast, it’s time to move along and begin a new journey. Continue reading
This past week, I taught a week-long workshop for MECA’s continuing studies program. The class was made up of six students, from high school age and up. The only thing this group had in common was their lack of experience with furniture making techniques and woodworking on a finer level. The class, which Continue reading
Hello all, and welcome back to SnarkAttack. I haven’t posted much of late because things have been a whirlwind since about midway through my four month stint in Madison Wisconsin as Windgate Artist in Residence in the Furniture Program there. A lot has happened.