It's been such a busy summer but I couldn't be any more thrilled. In the words of my student Tyler Hill's favorite song, I had to "work work work work work." Multitasking between throwing on the wheel and carving disks, I squeezed in a bit of travel time to Vermont, Pawley's Island and Charleston. All of the mugs I have been making will be sold to fund the Art Department's trip to Spain for summer 2018. All of the disks carved will go into my exhibit at Waterworks.
Toy Museum in Vermont, Summer 2017.
Farmhouse stay at Top Acres Farm in Woodstock, Vermont. We enjoyed watching a huge groundhog (woodchuck) each morning and hearing stories about the local "dumpster bear." I need to carve another Vermont disk just for those two characters. I did talk to some of the farmers about the upstate New York Bigfoot!
Farmers' Markets in Vermont are amazing!!!
How can you not love jackalope wallpaper!!! I could live in Vermont if I could get used to shoveling snow.
After nine days of nonstop beer, cheese and kombucha tastings in Vermont, I came back home to detox and continue with my work. I started tinkering with some pint cup shapes and did a few disk/tiles inspired by my trip including "Champ" the Lochness-type creature in Lake Champlain.
After finding out that I'd be in a group show this upcoming January in New York, I began researching images from past trips and carving works for Southern Sampler. This image was from a trip to Nashville last summer. Shortly after carving began, I drove home to Tennessee to research more southern inspirations. Below is a picture from the front porch of my family farm.
While home in Tennessee, we went to the Sutton Old Time Music Hour for some home cooking, picking' and grinning'! http://www.granvilletn.com/attractions/sutton-ole-time-music-hour . Summer ended with a trip to visit Emily Tuttle in Pawleys Island. While in the low country, she took me on an amazing image/idea hunting trip in Charleston so I could carve for the Southern Sampler show. Images to come.
Author: Carolyn Ford
Artist, world traveler, yarn spinner, and lover of random things.