Monday, June 23, 2008

summer summer summer

I taught my first kids class last week at Charlotte Country Day School and it was a blast! I had 10 great kids and the time just flew by. This week is vacation bible school and the kick off was today. The girls are having a wonderful time and I am teaching the art component. I cannot wait for a week with "nothing" to do! We are full swing into swim meet season and the girls are doing great and I am itching to get back to the wheel... Just a couple more days... I have been sketching and I have my glaze recipes and ideas for fall down pat!

On a sad note, my grandmother is failing...she is at home in Florida with hospice coming several times a week. She has lived a wonderful 92 years and we are sad, but also hoping she will not have to suffer. It all happened very quickly and she has had a great year of travelling from Ohio, South Carolina and Florida visiting great grandchildren and others who love her so much. The girls in their ever optimistic outlook, were not sad just excited that she was going to see Great Grandpa Skidmore soon in heaven.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


OK...I am truly mortified...I apparently wrote down the wrong time for my meeting at the JCC. I showed up 10 minutes "early" to find the group already in progress... if they only knew how obsessed I am about being on time. I am sure I turned 3 shades of red. eeekk! It was so great to see Fran and get her insight on her classes. She has a great file folder that she is going to copy and have available for all of the instructors. I am sad to see her go. She is going to be missed by so many people.

Maggie had swim team today, and Kate and I went hiking while she swam. We had a great discussion about sun beams and frogs. Afterward we all went on to church to work on some VBS decorations. THEN.... we took Maggie to Occupational Therapy...what a day! She listened to Carulli and was wired for sound when she came out. Apparently, the music is very rhythmical and structured and very predictable. It is supposed to help her attention, and organize the body through time. It is helpful for those who seem unconneted to their body and have difficulty with midline organization and integration of their R/L sides of the body...whoah... I am going to journal her activities tomorrow and note any differences. I need to listen to this when I throw clay! I will report back.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

It's Hot

Last day of school for the girls. My kiln load partially worked...I got the surface finish I was looking for. Just a few more tweaks and I am ready to roll! I am meeting with Fran Brown tomorrow at the JCC for a quick training session about the studio. I ran some errands (those best done without the girls) and I am ready to go for summer. We are going to have so much fun and I can't wait for the down time. If you call teaching clay camp and VBS for the next two weeks down time! It will still be a nice change of pace from school! YIPEE!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Teapots Across America: A Juried Exhibition - Red Sky Gallery Exhibitions

Teapots Across America: A Juried Exhibition - Red Sky Gallery Exhibitions

I almost forgot!!! June 13 - August 13 2008

I have a miniature porcelain teapot that was selected!


I am going to have to get better at this.....since I last posted things have been very busy. I have interviewed for some teaching positions at the JCC and am very excited to teach some workshops over there this summer. I can not wait for school to finish for the girls on Tuesday and get into our summer routine ( ie. NO ROUTINE)! I have a kiln firing right now as I write and it is a test batch for a new glaze I am trying out. Wish me luck!!! I have a million ideas percolating....I just need some time to get working on them. We have been spending our evenings at the pool for swim team practice and the girls are making their way slowly but surely. I am very proud of them as this is not an easy task...especially for Ms. Maggie. It is actually much like an OT session... very challenging. She is my new hero, I must say. She is the last one out of the pool most times and she doesn't let it get her down...she just gets right back at it. She is VERY tough and has an amazing way of not comparing herself to the other kids her age and of not getting discouraged. She has set some personal goals and that is all she is focusing on... I pray this lasts. She is truly a special child.