The biggest news of the past 6 months is the arrival of our second child. Another daughter.
Life is Change
There is nothing permanent except change.
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
So much has happened here. So much is about to.
Back in the Blog Game
Well, it’s beenÂ over 6 months since I posted on this blog. Don’t worry, I’m not giving up. Just taking a little time off. 6 months… it has gone by in a blur. The next few posts will be aÂ quick look at a series of changes that have happened and are happening in my life. I’ll try to work in a few new pots as well.
So get ready. I hope to cover topics such as: welcoming our new daughter, the new site!, my new place of employment, and a new sales outlet for my pots. Maybe I’ll even write about some new gadgets that I’ve purchased.
Looking Ahead to 2014
I guess it’s the time to look back on the previous year and make some goals for the year ahead.
The Dream is Over
Okay, not really over. Just put on hold for a while. It’s official: I’ll be staying at my teaching job for a few more years.
Summer and Fall 2011
Well, according to the time-stamp on my last post, I haven’t posted in nearly 6 months!Â Half of a year…Â There have been a few changes since then.Â First and most importantly my wife and I are now parents.Â Quincy Blue was born August 12th.Â At first we spent a lot of time driving to the hospital, doctor’s office and medical supply store but now everyone is doing very well.Â The only problem so far is that Quin hasn’t learned to type yet so she can’t update my blog for me.Â She also doesn’t have enough experience in the clay studio to be a proper apprentice and attach handles to mugs, reclaim clay or mop the floor.Â So I’ve had to do all of that sort of thing myself (as you can see from the lack of blog posts).Â Luckily my wife let me spend a good amount of time in the studio recently to finish some commissioned pieces and Christmas items.Â (She wasn’t exactly thrilled to take care of the kid while I got all dirty but I guess I’ll count it as my Christmas present.)Â I just bisque fired everything last night so I hope to start glazing later today or tomorrow.
The new school year started a few months ago.Â As previously mentioned, I’m back at West Noble Primary, formerly known as Ligonier Elementary.Â We are now a Kindergarten and 1st Grade building while the other elementary school has grades 2-4.Â The “Boss” wanted a new look to go with the new staff and building name so he hired another teacher and myself to paint new murals all over the school.Â It was a huge project.Â My wife, again, wasn’t exactly thrilled that I was off painting while she was 9 months pregnant.Â But she is the best.Â I finished all but two of my murals before the kid arrived and then finished the last two in November.Â More details will follow in a later post.
As for this site, it seems to have been forgotten.Â But that’s not true!Â I’ve been working on it behind the scenes a little bit at a time.Â I moved the site to a new host as an add-on domain.Â (Use StableHost by clicking this link to help support my endeavors.)Â I’ve tweaked the Basic Gray theme for the blog and I’ve added content to the process, studio, and artist pages.Â There aren’t a lot of images yet, and the gallery isn’t up (which, I suppose, is ironic for a visual artist’s website).Â But there will be images.Â My goal is before 2012.
I’ve also spent a little time working on a web project: Pottery Making Info.Â I’ve started a new series of posts called Clay Blog Review which highlights some of the best pottery related blog posts of the month.Â Take a look at the top pottery posts of November.Â I have a few posts lined up for December and hopefully another Blogs of the Year post over Christmas break.
Other than all that, a few T-shirt designs, another website, painting large cartoons of half a basketball team, changing a few diapers and coaching cross country it’s been pretty boring for the past 6 months.Â I’m hoping to add some more detailed posts about recent projects soon.Â And announce some big news…Â Stay tuned.