I just spent a fantastic week at Arrowmont School of Art and Crafts, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I was there assisting a good friend, Israel Davis. He was leading a workshop called Objects and Images. In the workshop, participants created images from drawings and photos to put them in a screen printing matrix to transfer the images to clay in a couple different ways.
In his own work Israel screenprints directly onto clay with underglaze and also used newsprint transfers that have been screen printed. The workshop was amazing and all of the participants seemed to get a ton of information amd inspiration out of the workshop. I got a bunch out of it as well.
I met Israel at Anderson Ranch in 2015 and have stayed in contact. I brought him as a visiting artist to the University of Kansas in early 2016 where he did a two day workshop alongside Bede Clarke. From then on, I have just stayed in touch and talked with him about his work, life changes, his growing makers space, and his business, Funfalife. I am so glad he asked me to assist him in this workshop at Arrowmont. It was a great way to catch up and just enjoy his company.
During my time at Arrowmont, I was able to turn my brain on in a different way and think about pots again. It was nice and I ended up making quite a bit of work. I value time like this a bunch, as it is a great way to reset, especially after a thesis exhibition. Below are some pots from my time and I will end this post with a little advice. Keep in contact with people. Between the time at Arrowmont helping Israel and another friend Rob Lugo doing a workshop at the same time, it is so important to make friendships and stay in contact. I could and should do another post talking about how much help, how many critiques, and conversations I have had from and with Rob.