I finally have my shop up and running here at the Penland School of Crafts. I will be here for the next three years as a resident artist, a reality that I am still in awe of. The reason I applied for this residency was to have an opportunity to pursue a practice of making that will take more time, research, and exploration than I have been able to dedicate to my work up to this point. Below you will see a very small sampling representing the many source images that I pore over regularly. Influence from this type of work has made its way into my repertoire in the form of distilled design or detail, but I have yet to fully commit to the full potential of these objects. This type of work embodies a level of patience, craftsmanship, and intricacy that I intend to reach. I am looking forward to raising the bar for myself during this residency, pushing my skills and ideas to places they have not been before.
Moving ahead, the majority of my time will be spent on the work I have described above. I will continue to dedicate part of my time to making work for my STORE though. In an effort to better manage my time and take full advantage of my residency, I have decided not to take orders and only sell work that I have in stock. This means making products in small batches or as single items, and once they are sold, that's it until the next batch. This will be a combination of items I make regularly and new items that I may only make once. Please let me know if you are interested in something that you see, as I will take that into consideration as I plan what I will offer in the future.
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Left to right: coffer, Rouen, France; incense burner, Kyoto, Japan; plate from Diderot's Encyclopedia; tsuba at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; plate of an unfinished lock, Rouen, France; door lock by Frank Koralewsky, Chicago, IL.