Thursday, November 7, 2013

Big, Part 4

So with all that big stuff happening, and coming, I find myself wanting a more low-key schedule. I tend to plan my year nearly a year out and I tend to fill it up with all kinds of interesting things: exhibitions, teaching, lectures, travel... Now I'm doing the opposite and working hard at keeping my schedule as open as possible. I've been saying "no" a lot, a delicate, challenging and often scary thing to do. I'm just trying to create space for myself to figure out the shift I described yesterday, space in my mind and in my schedule. I'm making room. I also want to keep things as simple as possible because I don't know what will happen when I move home to help take care of my dad. This all feels very good and right. And, with that said, I do have a few things planned:

My Etsy Holiday Sale is happening again this year but will be much-abbreviated because of my upcoming move. This year the sale will begin the Monday before Thanksgiving, November 25 and will end on Saturday, November 30. As always everything will be 25% off and shipping in the U.S. will be free. On December 1 I will close my studio to prepare for my move and will not return to my bench until January.

I'm teaching and lecturing at Munson Williams Procter Arts Institute/Pratt MWP in Utica, NY in February. The lecture will be February 6 and my workshops will run February 8 and 9 and March 1. Utica is not far from Richfield Springs and I took some classes at MWPAI years ago (drawing and ceramics). I'm excited to return there as an instructor and speaker. More details soon. 

I will be return to Penland to teach next summer during session 7, August 24-30. The class, titled “The Whole Jewel," will focus on creating one-of-a-kind pieces. I developed it when I thought I was going to teach in Australia a few years ago so I'm excited to finally have a chance to see it through.  

Here's the description:

"In this class students will be challenged to think beyond traditional jewelry design to create a singular piece of jewelry that is both sculptural and wearable. We will look to other sources for inspiration such as fashion, sculpture, or installation. Through demonstrations, discussions, one-on-one sessions with Amy, and plenty of independent work time, students will create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry that is beautifully made and thoughtfully designed from all sides. We will focus on the details that make jewelry stronger and more interesting, as well as unique and personal. Technical demonstrations will include surface design, cold connections, bezel and tab setting, pin mechanisms and the use of alternative materials."

Finally, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for reading this week and for your incredible response. These posts were challenging to write--sorting thoughts out and then getting them onto "paper" in a way that makes sense. It felt important to do and also important to share. The response I have received via Facebook "likes," comments and private messages as well as comments on my blog and emails have truly blown me away. Everyone has been so supportive and encouraging and many of you made me cry (in a good way!). I never anticipated the response I got and I am just grateful and humbled and honored. It's always wonderful to share big news with all of you and I thank you for your continued interest and support. I think it's amazing. You are all the best and I mean that. Sincerely.

Thanks for reading.


Lora Hart said...

I've learned so much from your blog posts, from writing a great class description (this one is grand!), to how to take chances, to other more nebulous things. I truly wish you well in all your travels. Physical, emotional, personal, and all others. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself.

Amy Tavern said...

Thank you, Lara. Such a wonderful comment. Wow, I appreciate it so much, every word. You made me cry...It's hard to express how this all makes me feel.
Hope to cross paths with you again!

Olivia Shih said...

These past posts bring an openness that I would be scared to share with others. I don't know how you manage to face everything with this degree of frankness, but I'm really drawn to it, both in your words and in your work. I look forward to each of your posts!

Amy Tavern said...

Thank you so much Olivia! Wow, I mean it. It's hard for me to express how this makes me feel…I find myself at a loss for words with the kindness and encouragement everyone has shown. This includes you!