Another fresh and serene morning at Arrowmont. Today's choice of coffee mug spoke to me, see for yourself. I also chose a cup for my water...
Here is one of the new friends I made today. Her name is Kaity Asimos. She will be graduating from the University of North Florida with a ceramics degree this upcoming semester. I was surprised to meet so many University art students here at Arrowmont. Since they already have access to college level education in the arts, I wondered why they would come here. I guess this speaks to the quality of what is offered at Arrowmont.
Did you notice her cup of choice?
In the studio we learned granulation today. For that, you'd ball up many tiny silver spheres and attach them by heat in clusters or a pattern. Here you see Ana arranged them as an arrow, a tribute to Arrowmont
One of the challenges of this technique is sorting the different sizes of tiny silver spheres. Ana came up with such a clever method to do that. She made all these little sieves that stack in gradually in a pipe with the largest on top. You'd poor the mixture of tiny spheres in and they'll pass through only if they are small enough. Eventually they'll sort with the larger on top. So clever!
In between the learning I tried to apply some of what I learned. Here is the result of my silver etching using nitric oxide.
I also went shopping today. Wednesdays is open studio day at Arrowmont. We get to go into the artists-in-residence studios, talk to them, learn about their process and buy from them. Here are the treasures I nabbed: ceramics from Austin Riddle
and a necklace and earrings from Maia Leppo
Dinner was a cookout. Yummmmm
I leave you with a clip of one of the evening talks (my kind of entertainment :) by Zeke Leonard.

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