Storyteller is up! This solo show is located in the Eoff Hall Gallery at Motlow State in Tullahoma, TN. The school is named after the Motlow family’s donation of the land on which the school is built. The Motlow family’s claim to fame is Jack Daniels whiskey. I created several new tiles for this region. Close to Tullahoma and Lynchburg is Shelbyville, home of the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration. Flat to gently rolling hills of the farms quickly change as you move east to Chattanooga. The diversity of scenery and land make Tennessee a great place to explore.
On the drive over, I stopped in Knoxville, TN to reconnect with a previous Governor’s School for the Arts student, John Phillips, and an old High School friend, Stanton Webster. They are a few of the superstar celebrities of the revitalization efforts in town as well as for their crafts. John Phillips owns and operates Phillips Forged ( @phillips.forged ) https://phillipsforged.com/ creating one-of-a-kind knives. Check out his site or sign up for one of his classes at Arrowmont School for the Arts and Crafts. Stanton Webster co-owns and operates Post Modern Spirits ( @postmodernspirits ) https://postmodernspirits.com/ . “Gin is in!” These two guys are passionate about making a coonection between their art forms and the community. I’m hoping to visit again, photodocument their process and make a Knoxville tile this summer. Their skills go along with some previous tiles I created now on display in NY at the Southern Sampler exhibit.
Today I head home to Smith County, TN. While there, I’ll speak to the high school art classes then head back to Tullahoma for my reception and Artist talk Valentine’s Day.
I’d like to give a big thanks to Hayley Douglas de Gonzalez http://www.hayleyjeanette.com/ceramics.html for delivering five pieces of mine to the SC>Higher Ed show while I’m away. It just reinforces the love and support of the artist community. I always tell my students that it’s a small world. Make good connections. I’d also like to give a huge thank you to Brian Robinson, gallery curator and Art Department Chair of Motlow State for the opportunity to exhibit at your school. Brian has been a champion of the arts proving to administration the importance of exhibitions for the community. Motlow has done a great job with publicity on campus.
Back in the studio after surgery working on southernisms.
I’m as Nervous as a Long-Tailed Cat in a Rocking Chair Factory, 2017.
I’d love to give a huge thank you to all that sent well wishes including flowers, cards, and presents! I feel very fortunate to have a great support group. After almost a week of sitting in my butt, the foot doc said I can get back in the studio as long as I don’t lift anything. Today I’ve carved two pieces on southernisms. These two are some of my favorites. Above is “I’m as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a rocking chair factory.” Below is “You’re grinnin’ like a fox crappin’ a peach seed.” These two will be going to the Southern Sampler show in NY. Tell me what you think. I have a list of more southernisms but I’m about to go back to southern music influences. I’ve been researching piles of Dolly images.
You’re Grinnin’ Like a Fox Crappin’ a Peach Seed, 2017.
Author: Carolyn Ford
Artist, world traveler, yarn spinner, and lover of random things.