This past weekend I had the opportunity to head back to my Alma Mater: Houghton College. I went back for the field hockey alumni tournament that was held all day on Saturday. It was a great weekend and I was able to see a bunch of old friends and catch up with professors as well. Since I was there on Friday, I went straight up to the art building to see if I could catch Gary Baxter or Ted Murphy (both professors of mine). Luckily both were there and I was able to chat for a while and share what has been going on in my life since graduation. It was a much-needed visit. It was so nice to be back in the studio where I spent many, many hours working. I miss those windows! Murph was my painting professor and he encouraged me to keep at my goals and get myself set up in a studio. Today, I am sketching more of my ideas and making a list of all of the raw materials I will need to get back into my glaze formulations. Start-up costs are always intimidating, but I am going to take it in stride and see just what I can handle to get started. The key dry raw materials that I need for my glazes is what could hurt – some steep prices! But, I am going to keep looking at different sources, you never know what prices you might find! I am also going to be looking into some studio options around town and try to see if there is a good place that I might be able to rent some space. I need to be producing! I have applied to be a juried member of a local guild. It would be an amazing opportunity to be a part of, so I want to keep my ideas and my work fresh. I would love to have something new to show the jury when I go before them in May. I will keep you posted on the outcome.