Going to Elsewhere I had in mind to make functional pieces (plates, bowls, cups etc.) with paintings of landscapes on them. I had never been to a mountainous region and it certainly did not disappoint! I planned to make many pieces, and pick the best eight to inlay, paint, and use underglaze newsprint transfers on. I always overextend myself, so completing what I had planned is an amazing feeling! Some of the pieces are larger and have more detail and painting, and some less.
I found wonderful companionship in Tomato the resident kitty.
I helped host a mug making fundraiser for Elsewhere through Backcountry Bistro. Community members made mugs and when they sell a percentage will go to them, Elsewhere, and Backcountry Bistro.
One beautiful afternoon all the residents went to the reservoir for a swim.
I made a set test tiles of all possible glaze combinations for the studio to keep.
Two of the residents and I entered the grape stomping competition during the Mountain Harvest Festival.
Sarah and I went on a little hike around Mount Jumbo before the super moon eclipse.
This residency is the first time I have ever traveled by myself, and also the first time I focused solely on my art. After just one month at Elsewhere I have been told my ceramics show a noticeable improvement. I have also gained confidence in myself and my decisions. Returning to Boston I continue to feel the peace I found in Paonia. I will always treasure the lovely times I shared with Trent, Sarah, and Toby. I cannot thank Karen Good enough for this opportunity and all of her help, and also the community of Paonia for welcoming us so warmly and participating in my “choose your own adventure” at Elsewhere.