Well, I was going to say that 2015 went by quickly. Then I realized an entire month has elapsed before I even got to my year in review post! Better late than never I suppose.
This may be obvious to you if you are reading this on my actual site and not on a feed reader or through email or something. I’ve redesigned my site again.
Back to the grind, back to school. I reported in for staff day on Thursday and the students showed up for their first day yesterday. So the sad reality is, summer break is over.
On a positive note, I have a bunch of mugs drying (image from my Facebook page) and I’ll probably bisque fire soon. And I have another week of Surface Class at the clay guild. And I have a bunch of test tiles to mull over and chemicals to order and maybe some more glazes to test. I also have to make some price tags, price pots, open my Etsy shop, take some pots to Bristol and update my website.
As far as the just-ended summer break, it was AWESOME. I spent a ton of time in the clay studio, tested a good number of glazes, learned a lot about crystalline glazing, spent a lot of time with my family and worked on a few design projects. Check back soon to see some more detailed accounts.
As for school… it’s still there. I suppose I’m happy to have a job. You might have read my overly emo post about my hopes and dreams. An update now that school has started: Happy to be employed, but still would much rather be at home making things. It is great to be back at school with a great staff and a stable paycheck. But I don’t have that same sense of excitement that caused me to jump out of bed during summer break because I couldn’t wait to get to the clay studio. I guess I don’t have that burnt out(?) feeling that I (and maybe everyone) had but it is replaced by a slight apprehension because it might happen at some point during the school year.
Anyway, I hope your summer break went well, or your summer is going well. Check back soon for a ton of updates! Thanks for reading.
This post coming to you from… my new laptop!
That’s right, I’m sprawled out on the couch and updating my blog.Â I ordered it over Christmas break and got it a couple days into January.Â It’s an ASUS 13.3 inch and so far it has been great.Â It gets great battery life with the battery saving settings and it’s pretty thin and light.Â I’ve got it set up on the home network so I can open files from my desktop and my wife can now print off twice as many coupons!Â That wireless printer is really coming in handy now as well.
Thanks to everyone that contributed to the laptop fund during Christmas!Â It was good to see the family and spend a little time relaxing.
While I was on break I also put up some more shelves in the clay studio, reorganized a few things and got myself a used triple beam scale.Â I need to order a few more glaze materials and I’ll be ready to try mixing my own glazes.Â Soon I’ll try to get some pictures up here of what I’ve been working on.Â I also put together a post on my other site about some of the best pottery blogs.Â As for the future, I might have a mural painting gig lined up.Â And I’ll try to keep things up to date on the blog…
Unless you are reading this blog’s feed you probably have noticed that the blog and the rest of ArtByFuzzy.com has been redesigned.Â I decided to go with an a fluid layout and monochromatic color scheme with big, bold text.Â I decided that the main purpose of my site is to show off my artwork.Â Therefore, the images should be the part of the page that stands out and the text should be secondary but easy to read.
I created a child theme for the WordPress theme framework called Thematic.Â Eventually I hope to clean up the child theme, which I call Basic Gray and release it to the public.Â Its pretty simple and I’m sure it will improve over time but it accomplishes what I need right now.
After creating a WordPress theme for the blog I just transferred most of CSS code to a new style sheet to use for the static pages of the site.Â I also broke the site into subdomains based on medium.Â So now my ceramic work will be found at www.clay.artbyfuzzy.com.
I know there will be some bugs to work out and I’m working on filling in some more content.Â Eventually there will be a full gallery and all the links will work like they’re supposed to.Â If you have any constructive criticism or questions let me know.