I will preface this post by saying that I am a real person and I have lots of challenges. Next Monday I need to go to Sacramento for a mediation conference with lawyers and claims adjusters and I am not looking forward to it. It has the makings for an extremely stressful time. That being said, I really do choose to try to focus on the positives. It is what keeps me going when the going gets tough. I do a lot of deep breathing and affirmation exercises and then I rely on my friends to vent when I need to. Dark chocolate really, really, I mean REALLY, helps too.
So now for the good stuff. Drum roll, please. This is the post about good and gooder, best and better, great and stupendous. I got my last two grad school applications out in the mail today! Yippie! Happy dance! Gonna have a party!
This tumbler made it into the Cups of Fire 2012 National Ceramics Competition, juried by ceramic artist, Susan Beiner. She is a professor at Arizona State University and I absolutely love her work. I got to see it in person at NCECA in Saint Petersburg, Florida last spring. It is even more delicious than in pictures. This exhibition is hosted by the Clay Gallery in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They posted the juror's comments on their website which was really nice and I was delighted to read what she had to say about the work. If you go to the home page of the website you can find a link to the gallery's Facebook page where they have posted images of the work that was accepted. I am in some pretty good company in this show with the likes of Jim Connell, Justin Rothshank, Monica Ripley and tons more.
But wait...there's more! The team at Kickstarter got back to me today to say that they had taken another look at my proposal. They apologized for making a hasty previous decision and gave me an awesome compliment on some of the work on my blog. Bottom line is I AM IN! Kickstarter, YOU ROCK! I will be recommending you to every creative person I meet. My proposal has been accepted so now I need to get on the ball, make a video proposal and get all the reward goodies in order. Once that's done I can make the official launch of my fundraiser, "Fly Me to Penland." Giddy with elation does not quite describe the mood I am in right now! And a little tired from burning the midnight oil on those applications. Gonna take a little rest and then get to work, baby!