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The Arrowmont Experience Pt. 1

I know from previous experience that I had to ask the driver to stop at a grocery store before dropping us off at Arrowmont.  I was feeling so good about having all my ducks in order and then this happened!
I'm sure I screamed WTH because everyone was looking at me but I wasn't the only one in shock.
I was thinking...great!  Now I will have to walk to get my wine.  LOL!!!

Arrowmont for 2 entire weeks!  Yeah....Bring it on.  I can do this...roommate annd all.
I was in Anne Havel's All Fired Up: Who Knew a Torch Could Do All This?
My notebook for ALLLllllll the notes I'm going to take.
OMG!  I don't know where to begin.  I have so much to share.  Let's see...
I fell in love with a cup.
Annnd...then I bought a cup made by Jason B. Burnett.  He had me at the hexagons.
Just an aside here.  I couldn't buy the cup I fell in love with.  Arrowmont has an assortment of ceramic cups in the mess hall to use.  I could post a cup a day on Insta but my friend did that.  :)  So I bought the cup I fell in love with a second time. can fall in love again and again.
Then I made some stuff.  Not digging it so far but hey they are only samples.
Then I collaborated with my flatmate...Tracy Milligan, printmaker/woodcarver.  Her instagram is tracymilkigan
I prepped the metal and she drew with a pencil (not graphite).  Ooops!  You have to use graphite or it won't stick.
I added some lines, drew over her lines (with a graphite pencil this time), and painted with water color enamels.  It's at this point where I'm realizing that I don't like bright colors very much.  I mean I like it but I don't like it if that makes any sense at all?
I collaborated with my house mate, Patti Moss, ceramist.  Her insta here.  I was asked to make some earrings for her Buddha sculpture.
So earrings I made.
I drew this cholla cactus skeleton and must say diggin' on it very much and did I mention I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DRAW!
 I'm also digging this gold peeking out of these earrings I decided to make.
I textured the metal and then used liquid enamel and torched the hell out of it!
Okay, this concludes my first week.  I was EXHAUSTED and my mind was about to EXPLODE!  
Other then that it was a much needed break but we worked through the weekend.
So far I've met some pretty cool people.  A place to discuss process and find out what I do and don't like.  

2nd week coming up next week.  If y'all have any questions just leave me a note.  Have a great weekend!



  1. Two whole weeks? Sounds like heaven :D It looks like you're having fun.
    And I really hope you got your wine......

    1. It was fun but difficult to create on the spot and I did get my wine. :D


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