Professor Emily Tuttle and I are ready to bounce! Our group of ten depart today to Spain and Portugal for two weeks of inspiration. I can’t wait to start carving. I’ll admit I’ve been binging on creepy Spanish ghoul, Cryptid, UFO, and ghost story research. For some fun listening, check out #bigfootcollectorsclub podcast. Maybe they’ll do a story about El Coco, the Spanish version of the boogeyman! Follow my Instagram for frequent pics! Adios.
Spring semester post exhibitions has been non-stop. The disk carving and exhibitions were halted for teaching, administrative work, and production of mugs and bowls (not to mention student exhibitions, bachelorette parties, student's wedding, and a couple concerts). The first part of production is for the motivation of my students. Each time I teach Beginning Wheel Throwing, I offer the "Great Mug Challenge" allowing each student a chance to surpass the minimum requirements, improve skills, and earn one of my mugs if they choose the extra work load. Secondly, the sale of functional pottery helps pay for my expenses to take my students abroad. This year Emily Tuttle and I are taking a group of ten to Spain and Portugal. Recruiting and organizing students can be an exciting task but also as frustrating as herding cats (no offense to cat lovers). We are already recruiting for next summer's trip to the British Isles. If anyone is interested in joining us or purchasing pottery to help me raise funds, please "holler' (Spice Girl fans may break out in song..."Holler Holler Holler Holler Come On). I'm hopeful that the year after British Isles, Limestone College (soon to be Limestone University) will officially host it's first school-funded Global Experiences trips meaning I should be funded by the school when taking students abroad.
Photos Above: 1) Great Mug Challenge winners Kelsey Stanley and Brittany "Britanica" Durrah (not pictured Camrey Clark). Photo 2) Tyler Hill get's his EF backpack for our trip to Spain & Portugal. Photo 3) @Sydceramics gets married! Photo 4) Graduation with Brit. Photo 5) Production handle-pulling.
I'd like to say a HUGE shout out to those that purchased pots, LC Alumni and Development, and Carolyn Borders. When you give back to LC after graduation, you can request that funds go towards the Art Department or for a specific cause. Karma people, pay it forward. Support the Arts!
Author: Carolyn Ford
Artist, world traveler, yarn spinner, and lover of random things.