Back in the Studio

Well, we are back from our month away at Saranac and I am ready to work hard in preparation for this coming fall and winter.  We got back home Wednesday night around 10:00 pm.  The next morning all three of us slept in and enjoyed a quiet day together at home.  Yesterday, however, I hit the studio.  In my last post about the Jeremiah Tree, I had mentioned that I wanted to make another 200 leaves or so.  I made 71 yesterday and hope to make about that many more later this afternoon.  After feeding Noah in the morning, I got my things together and headed out the door.  This is what I was leaving behind…

It was hard to walk out the door with my boys on the couch like this.  Noah is officially three months old now.  I can’t believe it.  I know I will be saying that as each month passes.  It is such a sweet time.  I miss him a lot when I am in the studio, but I am so grateful to Andrew that he is willing to help me work out a schedule to allow me to keep working.  ArtPrize is getting closer and closer.  I am really excited and a little nervous as well.  It is going to be a really neat experience, that is for sure.  I am feeling good about what I have created and am excited to see it fully installed on a wall.

A few studio things that need to get done are cleaning and ordering new elements for the kiln.  I have noticed in the last few firings that the crystals are not growing as well.  I wondered if that was my sign to get new heating elements for the kiln, so I took a look at them yesterday when I was loading the kiln for  a bisque.  Yes indeed, it is time for new elements.  They are looked a bit dingy and corroded.  I am getting my affairs in order for a second fall show this year.  If I can pull it off, I want to have the show take place early November in Maryland.  If you are around, come out to it.  Last year’s was a lot of fun!  Check out the post from last year here.

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  • JAgurley1@aol.com

    Arryn–Your baby is precious! Perhaps I will be lucky enough to get to Maryland while you are having your pottery show. Of course, I want to see you, Noah, meet your husband, AND see some of your work! We plan to have an “early” Thanksgiving with our family in Pasadena. Right now we are preparing for Isaac. We have brought in our out door furniture, and collected our pots of small palms, gardenias, crotons, and other assorted favorites–those we’ve placed in what we hope will be a safe place. Wind can be destructive sometimes. My husband has almost all of our hurricane shutters in place. We’ll be fine if we don’t loose power. But that happens, and we must accept that fact. Love to the Pasadena branch of your family. Love—to you and your beautiful new little family! You’re going to be a great mother. June GurleyReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much Mrs. Gurley! It is a joy to be a mother and we just adore Noah. God has been so good to us. I hope you can rough the storm ok, stay safe! We would love for that meeting to happen as well!ReplyCancel

  • Michele Prince

    I love that Noah is sitting there with his hands ‘folded’ looking like he’s waiting to hear Daddy read the Bible to him! I’m so excited to see your work entered in ArtPrize!
    P.S. – so neat that Mrs. Gurley is following your post!ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Ha! I was going to write exactly what Michele wrote ^^. It is really an amazing photo. The next time you post about your Joshua Tree, I’d love to know how it will actually be attached to a wall. Did you have to put some sort of hook on each piece? Just wondering…it’s been fun to watch it grow.ReplyCancel

  • Awe, the picture of your boys is adorable! I know it’s hard to leave them to get work done, and the whole time you’re working you just wanna get back to them – but have to keep doing stuff for YOU too. You seem to LOVE what you do… so don’t feel guilty – it’ll make you a better mommy, wife, and you!ReplyCancel

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