Although I've been busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kickin' contest, "I want today. I want tomorrow. I want to lock it all up in my pocket. It's my bar of chocolate"....I mean clay pipe. I am back from carving the biggest piece of my life and obsessing about wishing I had more time. I want I want I want! (For those of you who are too young, Veruca Salt in the original Willy Wonka has a song I am referencing about wanting everything NOW!) After a two month run of nonstop art receptions and events with the Asheville Art Museum then Mission, I don't want the positive energy to dissipate. Final grades are in. My students and I have booked NCECA. I am working in my studio and updating webpages. I just want to go get my hands dirty and procure some new homes for what I make. Is anyone else as restless as me? What is next? What can I start on now? What is the next adventure? What can I learn? Who can I help? Will my students be inspired? Oh look, a squirrel. Back to work. I wish I could occasionally shut my brain off since I should really take Christmas break to rest and prep office work. I would normally be drafting annual reports and syllabi so that when those deadlines came up, I could submit a week early. OH, BIG NEWS. I am officially stepping down as Department Chair!!! It's my tenth year of being chair. For three years I've been requesting to step down/pass the torch. I'm prioritizing art and teaching. It's pretty liberating. Add movie announcer voice here: "Imagine a world where" (add in a laundry list of chair responsibilities). Hallelujah! PS: I will have to make more art because stepping down means a pay cut. I'd have time to pick up an adjunct job but I'd rather sell pots (pottery). So what is next? 1. Work in the studio over break and apply for shows. 2. Prepare new ideas. 3. Sort out admin stuff for the end of the semester. 4. Make a ton of mugs for our "Buy a mug for your love" event in February, Mission Clay's studio walk, and NCECA trades. 5. Go to NCECA. 6. Finalize the Spring semester and head off to co-lead Italy!!!
I constantly have the Waiting for Guffman song in my head about the stool boom, "Working, building, never stoping, never sleeping. Working, making, some for sell and some for keeping. Working, building, never stopping, never sleeping. Working, making, some for sale and some for keeping. "
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Author: Carolyn Ford
Artist, world traveler, yarn spinner, and lover of random things.