This was quite the fun week – Didem Mert came to workshop it at IU Southeast on Wednesday, and it was a pleasure to watch her work and hear her insight. Didem seems like a natural businesswoman, and she has a valuable outlook on life after grad school outside of academia. Her closing reception at KY Mudworks was also fun and I got to meet the actual sweetest doggo in the world.

I got to go to the reception of the Open Studio Weekend Juried Show at the Cressman Center for the Visual Arts on Friday night. The show represented Kentucky and Southern Indiana artists and IUS students had a serious presence in the show. There was amazing work, I really love this piece by Casey Hyland and Melanie Miller made with glass and polished brass. The Cressman Center includes the U of L hot glass shop, and there are glass windows so that the public can watch the students blowing glass. It was pretty incredible.

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I had to work all weekend during open studios, but it was exciting to see other students preparing and for the studios to get some foot traffic from across the river.

I’m running two 03 firings this week in preparation for my critique on Thursday and for my SpaceLab show next week. After finishing glaze for my first firing, Crumb seemed to be having some major troubles getting to temperature. I decided to reload in Darwin and the he pulled through like a champ.

I also glazed all of my bowls for the Empty Bowls event on the 15th, which took a ton of time because I did a lot of waxing and layering glazes. They gon be polka dotted.

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I’m also firing my wall sculptures, which I am hoping to install next week for the SpaceLab show.

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I also made a stilting mechanism for my little eggie.

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The kiln was actually completely full, between mine and Luke’s bowls, my sculptures, and Brooklyn’s loom. I’m really excited and anxious to open up these kilns!