ITE scholar’s residency

Posted for Heather Lineberry

It’s fascinating to see the way that a residency—new materials, place, experiences, and time—can change an artist’s work and thinking. Particularly a group residency. I just returned to Phoenix from my one-week scholar’s residency with the ITE and I am thankful to have had this access to the artists’ research and creative processes. As I went in and out of the studio, watching their work and asking questions, handling their materials and works, they revealed their strategies and their experimentation enabled by the two-month residency. Continue reading

Day 47: Woodturnings at Yale

2013 ITE Day 47, Friday July 19. We get up early for the 4-hour drive to New Haven as guests of the Collectors of Wood Art, to join their summer event. We assemble for lunch at the Yale University Art Gallery, and later we will tour its gorgeous installation of Conversations with Wood: Selections from the Waterbury Collection, guided by the collectors themselves. But first, we get another treat: curator-guided tours of the university’s famous furniture study collection and of the newly renovated and expanded art museum itself. Curators Pat Kane and John Stuart Gordon were excellent guides, generously sharing their time and expertise as well as their enthusiasm.

My camera got stuck on the turned elements of colonial and Federal American furniture, as you’ll see in a moment. Continue reading

Day 41: Open Studio

Saturday July 13 2013. About 50 people show up for our Open Studio day, we get to show what we’ve been up to these recent weeks, and it’s great to get interested and positive feedback. Everyone is energized by the event. I have to confess, I got caught up in it myself and didn’t shoot as many photos as usual. Here’s what I did shoot: Continue reading

Day 36: Go Phillies!

ITE day 36, July 7, 2013. Heather Lineberry, the ITE visiting scholar from Arizona State University, arrived over the weekend and spends the day on the studio meeting everyone and learning about their work. The group gets back to work after visiting the Nakashima studios in New Hope on Saturday. Continue reading

Days 27-28: Dull boys … not

Days 27-28 of the 2013 ITE, Saturday June 29, Sunday June 30. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and lest you imagine that all we do around here is toil in the studio, guess again. Today’s choice pix will reveal some of the amusements available here in Philadelphia’s theater district, along with some long views of our UArts environment.  Continue reading

Day 24: New directions

ITE Day 24, Wednesday June 26 2013. There’s a lot of repetitive work in craft practice, doing the same thing over and over again to achieve the desired result. It’s not always easy for the observer to see progress, as you may feel if you have been following this daily blog, which on some days feels more like a slog.  Continue reading

Day 21: Visitors

Slow around here on this steamy Sunday, June 23 2013, until the middle of the afternoon when Albert LeCoff arrives with two visiting dignitaries in tow. The visitors are Terry Martin, the noted journalist, turner and curator from Australia, and Eli Scearce, a teacher and long-time friend of the International Turning Exchange. Continue reading

Day 19: first critique

It’s Friday June 21, Day 19 of the 2013 ITE, and we’ve all been hacking away in the workshop all week. Late in the afternoon we agree to down tools, show our work to one another, and try our first group discussion. Nobody is looking for a slashing critique, at the same time we would each like to explain what we are trying to do, in exchange for some affirmation and some helpful commentary. Continue reading

Day 18: The blackboard knows

Gaynor Dowling’s under the weather with something she caught traveling, so Malcolm Martin is working alone in the UArts shop today, Thursday June 20, 2013. Well not alone, besides me Ben Carpenter is wailing away with his chain saw in the big, sunlight turning room across the hall, and Continue reading