One of my first artist crushes, Georgia O’Keefe, has never failed to inspire me. When I’m blocked or low, all I have to do is look through images of her work, getting lost in the pattern and color, and I am made whole again.
I came across a workshop which is being held on her ranch – a place where she lived and was inspired by the landscape for decades. Somehow, I knew I had to go. I lost sleep over it, going back and forth about how we were going to pay for it. I beat myself up internally, questioning myself over whether leaving my home, my husband and my three fur babies for three weeks wasn’t incredibly selfish. My husband, always my most ardent supporter, didn’t hesitate for a second. When I asked his opinion, he simply said, “You should do that.” Score a big ol’ brownie point for that man!
I decided to see if the way would open up for me. I went ahead and registered for the class – mostly as a leap of faith. I said “Here I am, this is what I want for my Life, now help me achieve it.” Well, I won’t make this long winded. I received at grant from the Regional Arts Grant Program in my region of North Carolina. One of the Directors, Patty Smyers, from the Arts Council of Henderson County, through no knowledge of my own, handed my portfolio over to The Community Foundation of Henderson County. They, after much deliberation, presented me with The Betty Taylor Award, which is for emerging artists who are furthering their education. The proceeds of both of these awards, pays for my trip as well as a portion of a pit fire kiln that I want to build.
Fast forward to today………I am in Santa Fe, having arrived a few hours ago. Tomorrow, I will be headed to the ranch for three weeks to immerse myself in all things Pueblo pottery. From digging our own clay and preparing it, to hand building, yucca brush work, burnishing and firing. It’s a three week wonderland for this girl and a true gift. I plan on squeezing every last drop of goodness from this experience – as well as a few green chile enchiladas 🙂 I am excited to see where this takes me. I hope you will follow me on this journey – this truly is a gift – and I want to share with those of you who have followed me tirelessly, supporting me with your kind words and actions. My ardent desire, is to create something new, listen quietly to what it wants and do the clay “proud”.