Our first day out and about we hit Weaverville and two of my favorite shops - Miya Gallery and Mangum Pottery and on the way back one of those places I've been meaning to stop into for ages, Thyme in the Garden. As Janet and I were exploring the gardens we were captivated by all the little buzzing critters. Then this morning while catching up in blog-land, I chuckled to see that Andrew and I had discovered the same amazing little creature last week - a hummingbird moth.
Tuesday was a big day - Penland, Bakersville, and Burnsville and some of the best artists and potters in the country. Our first stop was Nick Joerling's studio, hands down our favorite potter of all time. As you can see, between the three of us, we came away with quite a haul - Nick had a very lucrative day ...
Penland Gallery and School, one of the premier craft schools in the country ... amazing how much talent lives and is drawn to this region - really amazing. In the gallery was an exhibit with the work of Maggie Taylor - a new discovery for me.
Jerry Uelsmann. Turns out, she's married to him - we felt much better after that discovery. Her website's got a bit too much 'flash' stuff going on for my taste, but the work is incredible. I might just have to have a copy of her Alice in Wonderland.
Next was the studio of Melisa Cadell. Melisa's figurative work can be quite challenging and is way out of my price range. What I have been collecting are her small wall pieces. I have one from several years ago that's very sculptural and just bought one of her ravens at the Guild show last month. Janet was smitten by them as well - she got one from Melisa and another from the superb Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville.
All in all, a fun week, albeit a bit expensive. The weeks ahead will see me back at work - continuing the re-vamp of my wholesale line, catalog and website. The ideas and inspiration continue to flow and, for that, I am enormously grateful and super excited.
I'll leave you with three words that came together a few nights ago, just as my head hit the pillow ...
embrace ... empower ... engage
Not sure where or if these will get used, but I like how they feel.
Now back to my sorting and organizing and being productive.
blessings - kvk