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Home again! It’s snowing. A few days ago, I was wandering around in a tank top and shorts, and now I am home and it is snowing. I coped with my Texas withdrawal by starting some seedlings for the garden… hot weather things that need a good run-up to the growing season, and some cold weather things to be planted out under row covers in early May.

In other news, I’ve also started my next gallery project. About two (or was it three?) years ago, I was interviewed and photographed, along with a bunch of other people, for a book on young craftspeople in the province. One chapter focusing on each of us. The arts community being the size it is, everyone in the book is a friend, or a friend of a friend, or at the very least an acquaintance. A lot has happened to us since work started on the book… three people moved away, two people signed up for the inaugural year at the Quidi Vidi Plantation, a bunch of us have had solo gallery shows (one person is currently getting ready for a solo show, opening soon), some have even had their work in The Rooms. It’s been a very eventful stretch of life.

And this April, the book will be released. There’s going to be something of a to-do in the Craft Council Gallery for it, and we’ve been asked to each contribute a piece. After the teacup show, I figured I’d keep the momentum going, so I’m planning a literary teaset. I’ve done a little preliminary research of Norse eddas and dwarves, so I know where I’m going with the cups; now I just need to decide whether to carve in the dragon’s scales, or add them on after, all sculptural-like.

Youth Book Project

So there’s this thing. It’s going to be a book. It doesn’t have a title yet, but it has a writer and a photographer and some very determined and good-at-getting-stuff-done people behind it, so it will happen. Phase One (interviews and photos) is almost done, even.

The book will focus on the craft industry and the experiences of young craftspeople in the province, including Jessica Butler, Elias Semigak, Cara Winsor-Hehir, Sara Hodder, Roz Ford, Mike Flaherty, Jaclyn Humphries, Pick-Me-Up Press, and me.

I had my interview a little while back, and my photoshoot was Saturday. Since me and Mike are the two clay people in the book, us and Mark and various hangers-on (and Jason, who’s pretty much organizing this whole thing) converged on the clay studio for an hour or two of Doing Stuff while Mark flitted about with a camera, occasionally climbing chairs and tables for the right angle. We got photos of us Doing Stuff, photos of us Holding Stuff, and photos of us just standing there looking portraity. There were also lots of close-ups of our Stuff. Then we dropped off some of our Finished Stuff at Mark’s studio so he could get really good pics of it, and had another session at Mike’s place, where Mark got pics of us all playing Mike’s Settlers of Grey Islands game. Which was a lot of fun, because it’s made of clay and feels great in the hand and also the porcelain polar bear Mike made is a way better robber than some boring ol’ tower thing. Polar bears are considerably more intimidating than robbers, and are a far more believable reason for absolutely nobody from any settlement ever venturing onto their occupied spots.