Take note of the rustic new floors in StudioMaury. Whoever said faux-wood wasn’t cozy?
Forget Birthdays, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day, my favorite day, and a day that I would surely declare a holiday if given the power, would be School Beautification Day. For those of you who aren’t as familiar with this celebratory event, allow me to explain. Beautification Day falls on the Saturday before the first day of school every year and lasts from 9 am-1 pm, or until the custodians kick us out. It’s a day for panic-filled teachers to create mile-long lists and then thrust them upon really generous, really kind, really eager to help friends, families, community members and best of all–strangers! This was my 4th Beautification Day and I must express that the crew I had working in the studio this year was as amazing as ever! Thank you to my most loyal volunteers–beloved husband, Jeff, and Mullins Family. Yes, I’m calling you out. Let’s also hear it for my first timers and random philanthropists in the area. You all are some of the coolest folks around. I want to be more like you. With your help, we were able to re-cover my art tables in shiny new oilcloth, cut hunks of clay for future ceramic vessel making, hang bulletin boards, display new art reproductions, organize class lists, label bins and shelves, tidy caddies, engineer a test tile display for ceramic glazes and many other extremely important tasks that add up to what it takes to run a successful elementary art studio and welcome eager, nervous, shy, and enthusiastic students on the first day.
Check out the progress a few motivated, school-supporters can knock out in a few hours!
The top half of this picture is of my serene, home-studio where I did a lot of painting this summer. Down below captures the buzzing energy of a different kind of studio environment. Both are productive, inspiring places to create, in my opinion
My dream of displaying the variety of glazes we have available in the studio for high and low fire clay was realized today!