Monday, November 22, 2010

Small Metals, Big Ideas

Check out what the ASU graduate students and faculty are up to on this video about the exhibition Small Metals, Big Ideas showing until November 28th at the Night Gallery in the Tempe Marketplace. Grads, faculty and alumni have work on display. While all the metalwork was created at the ASU metals shop, it is incredibly diverse! Stop by and check it out, or watch the video, which aired on Phoenix' PBS station:

Small Metals, Big Ideas

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Craft in Appalachia

Blogging has taken a back seat to teaching and preparing for the Philly Craft Show, but I wanted to share an exhibition that is currently showing at The Slocumb Gallery, at East Tennessee State University. I was invited to be a part of this exhibit, which is showcasing artists who are crafting in Appalachia. Artists that have affiliation with The Appalachain Center for Craft, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts were included. The postcard really has me curious about the exhibition, giving viewers just a glimpse of what they will see at the gallery.

Participating artists:
Victoria Altepeter
Anastasia Azure
Jeanne Whitfield Brady
Linda Darty
Catharine Ellis
Thaddeus Erdahl
Bill Griffith
Lisa Klakulak
Sung-Yeoul Lee
Sarah Perkins
Vince Pitelka
Norm Schulman
Melody Tiemann
Jerilyn Virden
Christine Zoller.

The work ranges all craft media. I am bummed I'm not able to see it in person! A big thank you to Karlota Contreras-Koterbay for organizing and installing the exhibition! I am delighted to be a part of it.
Some of the work I sent away included a tea infuser, a wall piece, a selection of brooches and a selection of a small series of wall pieces:

What I think is so neat about this exhibition is that some of the participating artists are doing more than just exhibiting- there will be a panel discussion following the reception on October 7th, as well as workshops in fibers, ceramics, and metal throughout the week. Wouldn't it be great to be in East Tennessee these days?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August in Flagstaff

Flagstaff in the summertime is quite a treat. That is, if you are unaffected by forest fire, or mudslides caused by torrential monsoon rains. This summer has been especially hard on Flagstaff, but the beauty must be shared! August is especially gorgeous, with the simultaneous bloom of millions of sunflowers and other variety of wildflowers. I live just south of town and am surrounded by National Forest. Thats right, trails that connect to secluded and well traveled lakes, wild animals, and lots of elk! I am loving it. I even have to make hummingbird rescues from time to time when they whiz into our house. Hope you enjoy the views:
Out the backyard after a monsoon.

Lake Mary- just two minutes down the road from my house!

Winston enjoying some fetch in the crystal clear waters of Oak Creek.



A far off view of the San Francisco Peaks from Lake Mary Road.

The road home! I live a minute off this road, it is such a pleasure to drive to work!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Its Winter Park time!

Last March, I participated in the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival in Winter Park, Florida. Winter Park is a suburb of Orlando, a really pretty town! I The application is now online for anyone interested in showing. Just click on the link! I was selected to exhibit as an emerging artist, and this opportunity is what I am really wanting to share with you all.

It was such a positive experience. The WPSAF has been running a program for many years that helps emerging artists- those who have not had the experience of showing at a larger festival. They pay for your travel to and from the event, put you up in a nice hotel, pay your booth fee, advertise for you in their festival book; even pay for your meals!

This experience allowed me to talk with other artists there, those making a living doing shows like this one. I learned about how to survive on the road, how to set up a booth that will attract attention and is easily packed down for transit. I got so much good advice there. This experience gave me the confidence to apply to the upcoming Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.

I will never forget the people I met at this Festival! From the other emerging artists- Richard Auger and Jon Nate Cotterman, to experienced artists like Janine DeCresenzo and Jamie Lampert, what an awesome experience!

Thank you to the folks at Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival once again!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Here, There and Everywhere!

Since finishing up an extremely magical residency at Arrowmont, I have been city hopping! I made my way West again, stopping to be with family and friends in St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, and Phoenix, now I am home again in Flagstaff, Arizona. FINALLY!!In August, I will once again be spending my days at Northern Arizona University. This is the school where I completed my BFA in metals with Joe Cornett. I will be teaching in the Jewelry and Metals department at the School of Performing and Fine Arts. I am very excited, and cannot wait to meet the students and see them through the rest of their journeys as undergraduates. I’ll be teaching five sections of class, including: two advanced techniques courses, casting, a calss that gears students up for their BFA exhibition, and 3-D Design. I have a lot of students! This will be a new experience in so many ways. I am so grateful to have had the Arrowmont experience preceding this as it gave me a chance to reflect and grow as an artist and as a thinker.

The San Francisco Peaks during monsoon season

Though the Jewelry and metals program is scheduled to close in two years, I have high hopes for the future. All in all, I am grateful for the experience to teach on a higher level and affect the lives of the next generations of metalsmiths and makers! (and in Flagstaff, to boot- I love this town!)

Winston takin a breather on the trail

Oh yeah, I have had a new friend with me since leaving Arrowmont! His name is Winston- he’s a two year old pit bull terrier/ Greater Swiss Mountain dog mix. He’s a stud, and keeping me on my toes! Its nice to have a buddy to hike all the trails that are right out my backdoor!

More on Flagstaff and the University to come! Thanks for reading!

Friday, May 28, 2010

2010 Artist in Residence Exhibition

So... I want to finally share some images of the 2010 Artist in Residence Exhibition. Jill Greene, Arrowmont's in-house photographer captured the exhibition and the opening reception for us, and we are so lucky for that! Check out what the Thaddeus Erdahl, Martina Lantin, Kent Perdue and myself were able to accomplish in our eleven months spent in Gatlinburg, Tennessee as resident artists:

The Residents!
Martina Lantin
Kent Perdue
TJ and his girlfriend, Stephanie Stuefer
Thaddeus Erdahl
Me and Martina
Two of our most favorite people on campus- Darren and Maxine!

Hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of what we worked on. I'll be adding more images to my flickr and crafthaus pages soon! Time is ticking here in East Tennessee, we will be parting ways this weekend... it seems like only a short time ago that we were all meeting each other for the first time on campus at Arrowmont. Next post: where are we headed?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

This year, I finally applied.... I finally did it! And the outcome?

This November, I will be exhibiting in the Philidelphia Museum of Art Craft Show as an Emerging Artist. I am really, really excited! There is so much work to do! Because I participated in the Winter Park Sidewalk Art and Music Festival, I understand a little better than before what it will take to do a good job at this event.

On my checklist:
back and side walls
jewelry display cases and tables
business cards
marketing brochures
and of course, new work!

I have lots to do between now and November 9th! If anybody has advice, I am all ears!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Resident Open Studio

Our days are coming to an end here at Arrowmont, so the residents got together to throw an Open Studio one last time. It was an all day affair, to make sure we could visit with as many people as possible. We grilled, had a fire in the pit, ate good food and laughed. It was awesome to see old students, Arrowmont staff and Board members, and friends.

This is my studio- and some new work...

An Arrowmont family photo- with Bill Griffith, the Assistant Director here at Arrowmont.... and Zoe- Bill's dog, our mascot! It was a great day. Thanks for coming to visit everybody!

Soon I want to share our resident exhibition with you all. I posted a video Kent made a while back, but I'd like to show photos of the exhibition, and share some of my new work, and where I'm headed next.
Two weeks to go here in the Smoky's, time to get busy art making and trail blazin'!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Recently I was asked to do an interview with the website Love to Know. I know little about these guys, except for the fact that they have done interviews with other metalsmiths that I admire. Check out what came from our conversation here. I enjoy doing things like this- it helps expand the horizons of those we know, and can help clarify things we are thinking but not neccesarily sharing all the time. I also think it is great practice in learning how to describe your work and talk about yourself.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Ahhh.... spring!

Its been a long time since I have witnessed spring in a green area, having been living out west for a while... check out some of the luscious blooms, all right here on the Arrowmont campus:

Martina planted these tulips!

I hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful spring!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Making time for etsy...

With all the leftovers from Winter Park, it is about time I get things rolling into my online shop in Etsy. Here is a sampling of the goodies available, all torch fired enamel:

New Tool!

I've been waiting for this guy for a long time! It will form disks 2" to 3 1/4" I think I'm in love!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

(emerging artists booths)

Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. I was chosen as an emerging artist from a group of applicants... if you are interested in these kind of events, and haven't done a major one, apply for this opportunity! The board provides each emerging artist with an all expense paid trip to Winter Park, Florida to show and sell their artwork. It was a great chance to talk with other exhibitors and get their advice on booth display and set up, pricing, traveling to and from festivals economically, etc. I learned a wealth of information from Janine DeCresenzo, a former Arrowmont artist in residence.

(my booth, and Ryan!)

There were two other emerging artists at the event, and we were placed together at the park. Jon Nate Cotterman is a glass artist from Cleveland, Ohio. It was awesome to meet him and his girlfriend Tony. Jon creates functional and sculptural glass, which is absolutely gorgeous. Richard Auger is a photographer and a Florida native. He photographs primarily at night, with very long exposures. The images are usually landscapes, and are quite interesting. Please check them out through the links!

All in all, it was a lot of work preparing for the show. But worth it? Definitely! My boyfriend, Ryan, came out early to help me construct hanging "walls" and earring displays to show wall pieces and the many torch fired earrings I have been working on. They were light and easy to set up when we arrived. On the last day of this three day event, an afternoon storm came through, and the hanging fixtures began to sway, along with the tent walls- it felt like we were on a ship! I know I'll need to keep working on these designs- weights? or maybe cables to attach the hanging fixtures to the ground?

My favorite part of the festival was meeting people. The other artists and board members were awesome. So friendly and wanting to help out in any way possible. The visitors- over 350,000- were pretty neat too. I met people from all over the state, many of whom had been to Arrowmont for classes or to teach, even a couple who had been in over the summer and had been in my studio for an open studio night. The most memorable was Judith. She has lived in Winter Park for many, many years. She came by each day with stories, and even flowers from her garden. She is very supportive of the arts, and found her appreciation through working for the local Morse Museum for many years. The museum is home to "the world's most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Amazing that this place was so close to the festival, with such treasures inside!

(Judith and myself)

On the last day of the event, the skies opened and the crowds cleared. The rain was falling sideways! So much water accumulated so quickly at our feet. We were standing in inches of water in no time. Judith came back to see if we were okay and needed help! I love this woman! I learned a valuable lesson because of this rain: Take booth shots as soon as you set up!!! I was waiting until the end... but the end wasn't so pretty. Bad mistake!

I'll leave you with a shot of the Spanish moss. It hung everywhere, and was so magical. I hope you have the chance to check out the other emerging artists, and encourage you to apply for this opportunity!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

2010 Artist in Residence Exhibition

Kent Perdue has been busy.... check out the video he made of our exhibition!

It shows a little from each of us. I'll be posting pictures of the exhibition soon. Things have been a little hectic for me, I've been running around the south visiting places and showing work. I can't wait to share a bit of what I've been doing very soon! Until then, please enjoy the show!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

In the works...

This week the residents here at Arrowmont have been preparing for our exhibition- to showcase the work we have created during our time here. The exhibition opens Friday... so you can guess that we are working hard and around the clock to make sure everything is done- well done! Each day the space is drastically changing. It is neat to see how well our work fits together, and I am excited to share images of the show with everyone very shortly!