Suction Cups!

January 31, 2011

A few new experiments, begun at various points in January…

all different types of knit tubes, one edge taped to the bottom of the tank

the top edge is free to float in the solution

chunks of a tree trunk chopped up to fit the tank length

held in place with suction cups so they don't float

How I never thought to use suction cups before to prevent things from floating in the extra dense solution, I don’t know! They are perfect and you can get them in a ton of different sizes. January’s moment of genius…

Old Habits Die Hard

January 10, 2011

Here I am on a Monday, my usual blog time, itching to post something. I guess despite letting go of my personal rule to post something every Monday, I can’t let go of the habit. So I will continue for now… Things I found while cleaning my studio upon my return from the holiday season and purged:

A years worth of residency calendars

and name tags (I got lazy at the end)

This is not nostalgia. These are battle scars I’m happily throwing away.

First post of 2011 and last post of the weekly series from my year at the Vermont Studio Center. I will definitely continue to write entries about how things are going in the studio but not on a weekly basis—just whenever something of interest or special excitement comes up. I returned to Johnson, VT last night after a couple weeks of east coast travel (Roanoke, VA, New York City, Binghamton, NY, Boston and Providence). Here are a few images Warren Buckles shot of my studio before I left for the holidays as well as a few images of a new experiment I set up to begin growing while I was gone. I will return to the studio this weekend to check on the progress of all the new test pieces to decide how to move forward during my last couple months on campus.

photos of studio shot by Warren Buckles at the end of December

shot from the doorway

the first of a new set of experiments, set up before the holidays

kind of festive looking for the holidays!

I am really attracted to how it looks right now, regardless of whether or not the crystals grow...

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