One of the first projects I tackled in this residency was designing and producing a commissioned ceramic humidifier for a close friend. Being very foreign to older types of radiators (and let's be honest, new ones too), I had no idea the type of heat they could produce until I visited Chicago for the first time during the New Year. Having multiple radiators in a 500-600 ft space creates a lot of dryness. (I was amazed at how quickly the dishes dried after hand washing.) So, my friend requested a more natural solution to her humidifying needs.
My time spent so far in New Harmony has been incredible. Mostly, it’s the type and pace of work I’m doing that is having a completely positive affect on me. If you’ve never visited New Harmony, IN, let me just say, that it’s a historically intriguing place. (I’m including an article that can help to bring you up to speed if you’re interested.)
It seems unreal that 10 days ago I was just discovering that I had been accepted into an artist residency program in Indiana. I know this seems very sudden–because it is, so let me backtrack a bit. Since grabbing my Masters in Arts Administration in June of this year, I’ve been trying to figure out where I’m supposed to go next. I resolved not to apply for any juried exhibitions or group shows, so I could focus on figuring out where I’m headed with my studio work. Needless to say, I was still distracted by other things in life, so that plan didn’t really work the way I wanted.
There are many opportunities to buy some of my latest work at many locations around Savannah right now, and I'm excited that a few of these places are carrying my latest pieces, right out of the kiln! Head over to my Events page to see all the locations that are selling my work right now.
I've been developing these cheese platters that are made from cone 5 b-mix with grog. The addition of grog helps the platters to be much stronger than they would without it. They are paired with the ceramic and stainless steel cheese knives that I've been making. You can find some of these guys at Non-Fiction Gallery's Holiday Pop-Up Retail Shop.
Art fairs are hard work, and I admire the artists who make most of their income at them. These shows involve hauling all of your artwork/tent/display to the location, setting up, spending 7-9 hours selling, then deinstalling, packing it all up and traveling back home. It's not only physically straining, but mentally as well. Currently, I can only manage about two a year, and those are all local.
Mitzi Davis, ceramic artist and owner of MFWH
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