Connie Norman
Connie Norman

My Season of Lectures!!!

In the last 30 days I have given three talks, one for the Delta Kappa Gamma Society on my trip to Ethiopia last summer, one for the Cheyenne Artists Guild on my work, and the last one on Wednesday for The Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper on my work and Contemporary Ceramics.

Delta Kappa Gamma

The talk for Delta Kappa Gamma was on Women, and Children in Ethiopia.  Although I always get nervous talking in front of people, this talk felt good, because I am raising awareness  on the difficulties of orphaned children in Ethiopia.  And since we are half a world away from their reality it is a worthy thing to bring cognizance to people how life is in Africa and mostly Ethiopia.

The Cheyenne Artist Guild

My next talk was at the Cheyenne Artists Guild asked me to talk about my work.  I brought in pieces and talked about my process and why and how I became an artist.  Although I was nervous for this talk it seemed very casual and my jitters soon subsided.  Here is a link to their blog to see what they said.

At the Cheyenne Artists Guild.

Beyond The Pot: Contemporary Ceramic Trends @ The Nic

My last talk at the Nicolaysen Museum sent me into cold sweats and hives.  I was stressed out for this talk.  And as I prepared for the talk I kept telling myself, “This is good practice.”  And this was my mantra for a few days, until I started answering back, “What the HELL am I practicing for?”  “What do I think I’m practicing for?”  “I’m not going to be giving any great speeches at the Oscars or anything.”  My inner turmoil was at an all-time high.  Casper is about 2 ½ hours from Cheyenne and spring in Wyoming is usually a very tricky time for travel, one hour it can be 70 degrees and the next hour we can be in a blizzard.  I started praying for snow, a blizzard, a tornado, a tsunami anything that would close the roads to Casper.

Well, I made it to Casper, unfortunately for me no natural disasters came up and the day was beautiful to drive to center of our state.  I gave my talk to an intimate group of people and Lisa Hatchadoorian the Nic’s Curator gave her talk right after me on Ceramics Beyond the Pot.   I survived!  And now I’m all practiced up for my Academy Award acceptance speech.  Ha!

Before the talk at the Nicolaysin.

Please notice that when my pots were projected that they were taller than I am.  Now if that isn’t intimidating I don’t know what is.

Ceramics Now

In other news, the Ceramics Now Exhibition I was in Cluj-Napoca, Romania has now re-opened in the Galateea Gallery in Bucharest, Romania.  So if you are in Romania from Apri 19 to May 7  head on over to the show.

Casper College

Also, I went to Casper College and saw the show, The Fishman by ceramic artist David Bogus.  He will be conducting a workshop on April 28 – 29.  I wish I could go.

The Fisherman by David Bogus

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