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Giving Thanks

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

I have been off the radar for a few months now.  I haven’t been blogging, Facebooking or Instagraming.  A number of things have happened over the last few months that have caused me to drop off the face of the Electronic world.  And I’ve only been checking my email just enough to keep afloat, which really means I’ve been sinking then scrambling to get back on the life boat. My family and I have been going through a really rough patch lately.  I’m not really ready to talk about what is going on, (on the internet anyway) but my family has been going through enormous amount of stress.  Things have been a little bit better and I think we actually have the map back to normalcy, but we now have to follow it.  I wish I could say that it is all in the past unfortunately we are still in the middle of it.  I just came up for a quick breath! For right now I am THANKFUL of many things. Today I am THANKFUL for my family.  My son and my husband have been keeping me sane, during a very stressful time.  My husband is so supportive of me and everything I do.  My son is just the light of my life and keeps us smiling with the way he interprets the world.  I am THANKFUL for our new house, which is one of the MANY reasons we have been yo-yoing towards the breaking point.  We had a beautiful house built over the summer and moved in around a month ago.  Our new house is gorgeous, it is not our “DREAM” home, but it is as close as we will ever get.   We have a lovely view, plenty of room, space for an amazing studio.  But it’s not built yet.  I am really looking forward to a brand new studio. I am THANKFUL for Claire Reishman who has been saving me.  Claire  from Shakerag Workshops in Tennessee has been so patient with me.  It has been Beyond Reason.   She asked me to teach a workshop at Shakerag this coming summer and I have been so delinquent in getting everything she needs.  She stuck with me and helped me so much.  Thank you Claire for believing in me! I am teaching a week long workshop at Shakerag Workshops @ St. Andrew’s Sewanee School in Sewanee, Tennessee, June 8 -16.  Follow the link to get more information.

 I am Thankful for Jennifer Lawrence who is a paraprofessional in my classroom; she tirelessly helps with the students.  I don’t know if I could do my job this year without her.  Also, she has been covering my classes once a month so I can watch my son’s performances.  Thus I THANK her as a Mom and a teacher.

I am THANKFUL to Clay Arts Vegas inviting me to be in the show Creativity Creates Community.  If you are in the area go see it.  I wish I could.  Thom and Peter work so hard bringing quality clay to Las Vegas!  I’m proud to have been a part of their of their program.    I am THANKFUL to Kevin HLuch for including me in his new ibook, American iPottery, and that one of my salt and pepper shakers will be one of the two images that begin the “N” chapter!  I think the book will be out in the next few months.  The Art of Contemporary American Pottery was Kevin’s last book, check it out it is awesome. I am THANKFUL for Maggie Weydeveld who started the Duck Barn Artisans 30 plus years ago, and has never had another potter in the Holiday Sale.  She invited me to show with her, last year, and I hope it will be many years to come.  It is quite an honor!  Maggie is a local legend.  She makes beautiful high fired tenmoku glazed pots.  And I met her I was in high school and she has been such an inspiration to me ever since.  If you live in Cheyenne or happen to be in the area, stop by the Duck Barn Holiday Sale, 215 West 17th Street, Cheyenne, Wyoming.  They will be open from 10 – 5PM, November 22 – December 14. I am THANKFUL for the Artful Home; promoting my work.  In July I was in their Flash Gallery Secret Languages.  I was in great company.  July was when the proverbial poo hit fan, so I wasn’t able to blog about it.

I am THANKFUL for DR. Troy Thompson our Veterinarian.  Our cat has been super sick, and Dr. Thompson is only working half days because he is also a County Commissioner.  But when I called his office, his staff told me if I dropped Vinnie off they would fit him in between all his appointments.  But this didn’t give me the chance to tell him what has been going on.  But I was THANKFUL regardless because Vinnie was going to be seen.  I take my son to hockey and see Dr. Thompson’s wife and she goes home tells him needs to be at hockey to talk to me about my cat.  Dr. Thompson gets to hockey practice and takes the entire practice to hear about Vinnie.  Thank you Troy!

 Here is a picture of Vinnie as I was packing up my studio, during the big move.

As I write this I realize how lucky and THANKFUL I am for having the people I do in my life.