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I'm writing this blog because I won a bit of a jackpot you see. I received the 2016 Crafthaus/Arrowmont scholarship and I get to spend one week at Arrowmont learning from the masters. And as if this is not enough, I also get to blog about it too!
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A short time after I joined Crafthaus, I noticed a post announcing the Crafthaus/Arrowmont scholarship to attend a summer workshop. Not thinking that I would be selected at all, I went ahead and started browsing the catalogue offerings to see what some lucky artist out there could possibly attend when selected for the scholarship. As I flipped through the many pages full of offerings and day dreaming myself attending the workshops instead of some lucky artist out there, I noticed that my heart started to beat faster with excitement. By the time I got to the month of July offerings and I saw the image of Ana Lopez's workshop, my heart honestly skipped a beat. I said to myself, if I don't try then I will most certainly not be selected. You can imagine what a delightful surprise it was to me when I received the email from the program director Nick DeFord congratulating me on receiving the scholarship!
Hello, my name is Heba Barazi. This picture is me, feeling so blessed for being part of this.
With this blog, I'm going to take you with me on this awesome craft immersion experience, spending seven whole days attending the workshop while living at Arrowmont. I will start my first blog a week before the July 31st start of the workshop and tell you a bit about myself. Until the start of the workshop, I'll tell you about what I had to do to prepare and what I'm expecting at the workshop. When my week starts at Arrowmont, I'll give you a recap every evening of all the happenings during the day. Throughout the blog, I will be sure to post as many images as I can so you guys can take the journey with me and I will certainly look forward to your comments and feedback.
Before the blogs start coming in I want to leave you with some thoughts on why I want to attend Arrowmont and why I choose Ana's workshop.
A one week summer trip that includes making art is a vacation many people dream of. Arrowmont with its picturesque site and historical buildings, attracting teachers who are masters in their field, is MY dream vacation.
I can just picture myself after a day of learning, strolling down these quiet paths or sitting on the porch of the red barn, listening to the birds and winding down my day. In the morning I can just imagine waking up to the refreshed sounds of those birds and walking into my workshop to spend my day doing what I love with people who share my passion.
Oh my Goodness, it's going to be awesome!
Now, for why I choose Ana's workshop. To answer that, let me give you a moment to look at these images of her work.
What do you think, do I need to explain more?
My last choice of morning coffee mug and water cup is...My shuttle ride was not until 10 am so I got a chance to walk through the galleries again. Arrowmont has this clever set up where the instructor's work on display is tagged with a QR reader (see photo below). As you're walking…Continue
Today is the last day at the studio. As usual it started with choosing another special handmade mug for my morning coffee and a cup for my water...At the studio, everyone was putting the final touches on the work they've been doing this week. There was six of us in Ana's class. This is Haley Kesler working on little silver…Continue
I went for the minimalist black and white simple lines today in my choice of coffee mug and water cup.You may have gathered from reading my posts that our day is full packed with activities. Our daily schedule starts with breakfast 7:30-8:30 am. We are in the studio full blast by 9 am. In no time, we find our selves at 12 noon heading to lunch. We are back in the studio by 1:30 pm for…Continue
Before I came here I imagined that I would wake up to the sound of the birds. Well I do for real, take a listen to the video I shot walking to breakfast. And my coffee mug of choice today...In the studio we learned silver reticulation. Because reticulation requires making silver with at least 18% copper, we also learned how to melt in the copper, make an ingot and then stretch it to a…Continue
Check out my breakfast! Those blueberries are the size of my head! I told you yesterday the food was good but I did not want to say more until I've tried a few meals to confirm ;) As of this writing, I've had four meals now and they were ALL deeeelicious. There was always a variety to suit different tastes and diets.The best part is that every time we can pick a different hand thrown art…Continue
While walking to my gate at Dulles airport I came across this wall installation by sculptor Yuriko Yamaguchi titled "Wonder of Wonders".There is such an intrigue to these objects, not only because they invite you to decipher them but they also invite you to touch them. I think they are cast bronze but because of their surface…Continue
The more you know about a craft the more you'll appreciate those crafted objects. Few people ponder deeply about how an object is made because they would not know where to start. For those of us who "make", the wonderment of how an object is made makes us pause...pause...and then pause some more. This workshop is going to give me the opportunity to add even more wonderment to the objects I make. Here is the description of the workshopCOURSE DESCRIPTIONExplore the exciting world of plastic,…Continue
A short time after I joined Crafthaus, I noticed a post announcing the Crafthaus/Arrowmont scholarship to attend a summer workshop. Not thinking that I would be selected at all, I went ahead and started browsing the catalogue offerings to see what some lucky artist out there could possibly attend when selected for the scholarship. As I flipped through the many pages full of offerings and day dreaming myself attending the workshops instead of some lucky artist out there, I noticed that my heart…Continue
My story started like most everyone else's in this field, a love for "making", using my hands to convert a bunch of raw, simple materials into something that could be functional, simply beautiful or perhaps just quirky. The journey that brought me here however was full of twists and turns and my mother was at the center of it all.I loved creating art in all its forms since I was a child, especially crafting with my hands. When the time came to go to college, my mother thought I should nurture…Continue