Monday, July 20, 2015

traveling, moving and bouncing around.

Liz and I are amping up to move to Providence.  There is still so much to do until the big move. We have been bouncing around here and there tying up loose ends. Having last minute visits when we can. We took a trip up north to find a house which was exhausting and great at the same time.  It will be nice to be able to get stuff again. It has been so long since we have been able to actually get anything without having to drive an hour or two from our home. 

I had to travel back home to take care of a few things at my mom's house. While I was there helping with repairs etc I visited our properties in Richmond. I am happy to report that they are still there. While I was home in Williamsburg we made Dim sum (Char siu baau), which was amazing. I want it all the time now.  

We did make time to go to the beach and relax for a hot minute with Tanya Crane and her husband Matt.  It was great to see them. I have a feeling we are going to need another mini vacation after this year. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


I just got back from an epic workshop at Arrowmont.  The workshop focused on making brooches.  Truthfully we could have used at least three more days.  We spent a lot of time on making samples.  We covered enameling, laser engraving, decal printing (we made a zombie mug), framing, fabricating, pin stems, saltwater etching, a little bit of champleve and enameling on 3D forms. The workshop was a great excuse to prep for a history of the brooch lecture. I also reunited with some old friends and made some new ones. Bob Biddlestone, I hope our paths cross soon. I can't say that everyone got to make a fully completed brooch but I am confident that everyone has the tools to make one now. 

Arrowmont much like Penland and Haystack is an amazing place to be.  Downtown Gattlinburg has not lost it's tourist-y charm and Arrowmont continues to be the oasis from that craziness.  My assistant canceled on me last minute (totally not mad, he got a scholarship to Penland to take a class with Simon Cottrell)  I got really lucky and Ben Dory assisted me!  BEN!!

What a great group of people!  Thanks for a great time.