Back at it

My studio practice, and therefore this website, has been dormant for a bit. My life has changed dramatically in the last five years, and its taken me time to process and move forward. I got utterly burntout on making work, I had heart surgery, and I want to become the best possible high school school art teacher I can be.

The other thing that happened is Instagram. For a long time pre-Insta I would use this blog to post pictures, experiences, etc. Since Instagram covers that so well, this space felt redundant. I remember the day back in ’09-ish that I took a picture with my old flip phone and posted it via email to my blog. Blew my mind, felt like I was living in the future. Well that’s ancient tech-history. So now the happenings get posted on Instagram, which leaves this blog to become something else.

When I finished at the Bray in 2012, I was beat. Long story short-ish, I had not imagined my life post-Bray. All I wanted in Ceramics was to make it to the Bray, where all of my art hero’s and faculty had been, because that would mean I had been accepted by the field as they were. So when I was there, all I wanted to do was seize the opportunity. Carpe Diem. So I worked. I worked a lot, and I’m really proud of what I accomplished while there. But it came at cost because it was unbalanced. By the time I left I was completely burntout. The last thing I wanted to do was make more work or do another show. I had been burned financially by a couple of places, and I felt my work never reached a critical tipping point of becoming regularity commercially successful enough to make a living off of it.

So I stopped. I had all this momentum, and I just stopped. I was tired. Turns out, as I learned a couple years later, I was way more tired than I ever should have been because my mitral valve was leaking. This lead to me having heart surgery in 2017.

In 2014 I got this awesome job at Charles Wright. The job challenged me in new ways of thinking about education that I had not been exposed to. I felt I had a lot of catching up to do when it comes to being a skilled high school level educator. So I dove in, and its been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

in process razzle dazzle cup

So now, here in the first few days of 2020, I’m coming off a holiday break that was centered around making work in the studio. My burnout has subsided, and I have that fire again. I again have thoughts about artwork that keep me up at night wondering ‘what if’.