Friday, September 5, 2014

more things

   So just few more things. I am making few stick on wearables for the faculty show tonight in Boone.  I have also been working on the studio a bit (school).  With some help from the tech we made a big flat steel plate stand which I hope will serve us well considering there are no large flat surfaces in the studio.  I am also excited to report that I have started to acquire the parts to our meat press one piece at a time and the handle and the gasket came in the other day.  That means that we will have sausage soon! My birthday just passed and Liz unfortunately had to leave the next day for a trip and left me all alone with the cats. Luckily there is plenty of beer and food for us.  Zoe, the neighbors dog loves the cats but I am not sure if the cats have quite figured out what to do.  Taco has never seen a dog before so he is totally perplexed/mesmerized.  

On a side note I had a solo show that I unfortunately could not attend. Ugh.  I know super lame.  I am a bad person.   With the new job, it has been hard to break away.  I will keep posting images of things as they happen.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

It has been just insane. I have not had a minute to sit down and post anything. 

Liz and I are very excited to be in Boone.  I has been a busy four weeks. We have already had a visitor/visits (Jen Wells and Amy Tavern).  I am happy to report that four out of five rooms in our house are unpacked and "finished".  My office at school needs some help.  It is kind of a wreck.  I did get the makerbot up and running which is great.  Our personal studio is in full swing but it has been hard to work there.  My main work station crashed so I had to build a new computer.  It has been a long time since I had to build a PC from parts so it was a lot of fun but also frustrating.  The laser cutter is installed and fully vented.  I can cut almost anything now without fear of choking myself.  The cats are settling in. Our neighbor's dog keeps them in check for the most part.  We have also discovered some local BBQ and TACOS!  We have only tried one BBQ place so far but it was great! The tacos at the local Taqueria put all of the tacos in Kingston NY to shame.  It is also about a quarter mile from our studio so most of our diet lately has consisted of tacos. 

Yesterday we took a trip to hike Grandfather mountain which was epic.  We saw the largest amethyst found in the US!  They also had an impressive display of hand carved/painted birds which were kind of amazing.  I am proud of myself.  I actually concurred my fear of heights and crossed the swinging bridge (almost a mile up in the air).  I almost stopped in the middle if it were not for liz pushing me across they would have had to call in the choppers.  Grandfather mountain was so close to Penland we decided to pop in on Amy Tavern and in Penland tradition we took her out for pizza and then had ice cream sandwiches! Soooooooo good.  I am proud to say that my sticker installation in lower metals is still there!  

I am about to start my third week of school.  In metals we started sandcasting in pewter.  The students are really enjoying it.  I also have been working hard to make improvements to the studio.  Bit by bit I am whipping this place into shape. Hopefully soon I will be able to take a break. Maybe around Thanksgiving I can relax a bit.