Echoing Mentor John Glick

I’m thrilled to share the link to a video interview with studio potter John Glick reflecting on nearly fifty years of being a full-time artist and mentor, plus a fantastic segment on his glazing (a truly wonderful treat).

Anyone who has taken a workshop with me knows how important and influential my one-year residency (1996-97) with John was and continues to be in my own life as a studio potter. I credit John with teaching me everything from properly packing pots and caring for my back by standing to throw, to my use of particular decoration techniques and—most importantly—that play is a crucial part of studio practice.

Pictured stills from the Cultural Connection: John Glick video interview, produced by the City of Farmington Hills Video Division. Watch the video here.

It’s a humbling delight to hear John refer to my year in his studio (04:15 – 07:45), and think back with fondness about that time of exploration, which helped pave the way to my being a full-time artist now. He uses the word “echo,” which is perfect as his support, energy, and influence have indeed reverberated through my mind and work (and back!) for the last sixteen years. He played a big part in my sense of discovery and exploration, and I’m thankful.

Thank you, John & Susie!

Summer Travels

The title for this blog is both literal and figurative. I have been traveling quite a bit (ME, OH and TX, and soon to NYC), thus my long absence from here, but summer does seem to pass by rather quickly, on its own trip to autumn, and this one is no different. The last four weeks have been a blur, so these are more the facts than the thoughts of my away time.

Bisqued Watershed potsMy two weeks (6/22-7/4) at Watershed in Maine for the Artists-Invite-Artists Residency were stupendous! This image shows the very few but thoughtful ideas I explored during this intensive. I used my time to work on forms that have been on my mental back burner or lingering in my sketchbook, unable to be realized during my normal studio hours. Carving out time for new exploration is tricky with deadlines looming and my calendar staring me down, so it was exciting to take the time to make forms “for me”.

Since my studio is at home and I work alone, it was great to be making side-by-side with other artists again. This group was particularly talented, fun and funny: Bryan Hiveley, Ceramics Prof. at Miami International U. of Art and Design, travel guru and Inviter of all; Rebekah Bogard, Ceramics Prof. at U. of Nevada, Reno and Artist extraordinaire; The Bonnie Seeman, Ceramics Prof. at the U. of Miami; Molly Hatch, Vermont Studio Artist and Instructor newly MFA’d from U. of Colorado, Boulder; Lauren Mayer, slip-casting queen returning for her MFA thesis year at UC-Boulder; Rachel Bleil, teddybear-lover also returning for her MFA thesis year, Indiana U., Bloomington; Rebecca Gilling and Judy King, awesome sculptors and Professors at Miami International; Ben Culbertson, the man-of-wire (faceting that is) and Prof. at Shippensburg U. in PA; Wells Gray, awesome potter and Instructor at Mercersburg Academy in PA; Sara Lynch, Studio Artist, Preschool teacher, and lady of the swans with her BFA from Alfred; Sienna Orlando, Artist, traveler and see-er with her BFA from Chico State in CA; and last but not at all least, Kurt Anderson, Studio Artist, new Studio Tech at NJ City U. and humorist. It was also nice to re-connect with Adero Willard –a fellow Alfred BFA student– after thirteen years, and trade with Monica Leap!

I just returned from teaching a three-day workshop (7/18-20) with a fun group in San Antonio at the Southwest School of Art & Craft in TX; great studio, gallery and people. We had a lot of fun.

This Thursday I am heading to NYC to teach another three-day workshop (8/1-3) at Greenwich House Pottery. I love NYC, so am looking forward to squeezing in some glimpses of it over the weekend.