Spring 2011 Ceramics Update
I have contributed the ceramic jar above to a fundraiser benefiting the survivors of the Japan Tsunami/Earthquake. The fundraiser will take place on ebay and begins this Thursday, March 24. You can preview the items on facebook. This is a public page so no account is needed for viewing. A write up about this fundraiser appeared in the New York Times last week. Please support the fundraiser if you can. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to relief efforts in Japan through Global Giving.
2010 Year in Review
We started the year away from Goshen. We transplanted ourselves into a cozy apartment at Baltimore Clayworks in Maryland for 8 weeks beginning with the American Craft Council show at the end of February. Justin was an invited resident artist at Clayworks. He spent the 8 weeks teaching community members about decal application and working on his own body of work. He produced more the 500 cups, bowls, and platters during the residency. You can read more about the residency on our website. All the pieces were decorated with the artwork of community members who ranged in age from 5 to 92. They were exhibited in the community arts gallery at Baltimore Clayworks and then given away to members of the community. Brooke and Layton spent their time exploring Baltimore and enjoying occasional visits from out of town friends.
We went from Baltimore to Chicago for Brooke's 5th year selling original miniature paintings and handpainted reproductions at the Chicago International Miniature Show. After spending nearly a month back in Goshen we then made the trip north to Castine, Maine for the International Guild of Miniature Artisans annual Guild School. Brooke taught a week-long class about miniature painting in egg tempera, while Justin and Layton spent some time at the amazing Acadia National Park.
Upon returning to Goshen Justin began and finished construction on a new, 2 chamber wood fired kiln adjacent to his studio. We welcomed our friends Eva Zethreaus, a studio ceramicist from Gothenburg, Sweden, and her daughter Anja to help build the kiln. We also hosted Zach Tate and Craig Hartenberger for the summer. They came from Texas and Missouri, respectively, to do ceramic residencies and kiln building internships at Justin's studio and at Clay Bottom Farm, a local organic farm a few miles up the road from our house. Justin, Zach, and Craig wrote an article about the summer experience that was recently published in Studio Potter magazine. The wood kiln was completed in August and fired for the first time in October with the help of 15 friends and colleagues who traveled from Goshen, Pittsburgh, Michigan, and Missouri. Our good friend Dale Huffman even brought 5 of his students from Carlow University to help fire the kiln and build us a new wood fired pizza oven.
Brooke completed a large project for the Goshen Health Foundation in July. She created 8 original paintings depicting their Philosophies of Philanthropy. The paintings now hang in the corporate office of the Foundation, and were used as illustrations for the Foundation's 2011 Calendar. The paintings are pictured here.
Other highlights of 2010:
2011 Upcoming Events