Connie Norman
Connie Norman

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The Boneyard

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

The Boneyard @ Casper College

The Boneyard is a very intimidating place to be, especially if you’re me.  Casper College has this amazing, overwhelming, awe inspiring collection of bisque ware; the mark of 40 plus years of visiting artists.  Representing such artists as Val Cushing, Joe Bennion, Chuck Hindes, Clary Illian, Kathy Kerns, Jenny Lind, Kurt Weiser, Alleghany Meadows, and list goes on with many more well-respected incredible artists.  Lynn Munns for 35 years had two visiting artists a year come in give workshops, now Mike Olson has continued that tradition.  When I accepted the offer to be a visiting artist, I blanked out about the Boneyard.  I’ve even been to the Casper College’s Pot shop many times.  I was super nervous about teaching a workshop, and completely spaced the boenyard.  When I got to  Casper and started setting up for the workshop, I was totally focused on getting pots made so they would be leather hard for the workshop, that it didn’t sink in.  The second day of the workshop Mike says to me, “That one is going in the Boneyard right?”  Then tunnel vision happens to me, you know kind of like when in the movies everything fades away, and goes really far away with blurry stuff in the middle.  That’s what happened to me, and looked down and I had totally screwed up on my lettering, it was going at a colossal slant and I thought I could line it up, but the more lines I did the worse it got, then I was out of time and I had to pack up and go home.  More so Mike had to go home, I think I would have made a whole new one and stayed at Mike and Amber’s house for a few more nights before giving him the piece of dog doo that I gave him.  Actually I really needed to go home my husband was and still recovering from phenomena, and watching an extremely energetic five year old does not work well when you are trying to rest.   BUT, I am planning my bait and switch, I’ll have to figure out how to distract Mike, clay trap overflow, low fire clay in a high fire, raku fire accident, or maybe a kiln explosion.  What should my tactic be?  Any suggestions?

The Boneyard close up @ Capser College

Well, anyway here’s my very unsatisfactory vessel in the Boneyard next to Frank Saliani on the left and Jim Brashear on the right.


My vessel and bowl!


 Thanks to Mike Olson for the great pictures of the Boneyard!

Philadelphia here I come!!

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

I’m leaving for Philadelphia to  go to NCECA on Tuesday!  I’m very exciting about going.  Not only do I get to visit with a ton of friends, see great ceramics, hear amazing lectures and workshops,  I’m also going to meet with Lisa Merida-Paytes the galley director of Funke Fired Arts, and we are going to talk a bit about the upcoming show I’m are having there with two other Wyoming artists, Matt Flint and Michael Olson, September 2011.  And she agreed to do an interview on the blog as well!  I will also see Jonathan Kaplan the owner of Plinth Gallery, he has been so supportive of my blog  and me.  Funny, he lives an hour and half from me, and I have to go 1,700 miles to see him.  I truly need to get out more. 

This NCECA I get to be a befuddled tour guide, I am going with my friend Gwen, a NCECA neophyte.  We’ve been told to bring umbrellas, but since we are both westerners, we really are kind of foggy as to what one is.  It seems every other NCECA I go to I get drenched while bus hopping to the galleries.  But this is one of  many adventures we will have, and I can’t wait for all of them.   

This Todd my husband went white water rafting, so I have been a single Mom.  I had grand expectations of getting the rest of my bisque glazed so I could throw it into the kiln right before I leave.  Needless to say I didn’t get much done.  They will be waiting for me when I get back.    

The double walled bowl and the bottles are new forms for me.  So what do you think?