Hello dear Reader. Oh, I'm still on such a high. My week at the John C. Campbell Folk School was amazing!!! I really can't even put it into words and never in my wildest dreams did I think that it would have such an impact. First off, the people who attend, work and teach there are some of the most kind and interesting folks. Not one bad apple in the barrel. I felt like we all spoke the same 'language' and I didn't have to explain why or what I create. Their motto is 'We still Make Things' and celebrate the making! The setting, over 200 acres, the food, the activities, everything was fantastic! I was so happy that I could share this experience with Kirsten. It was wonderful to discuss our days together before bed and remark on all the magic going on around us. I can't wait to go back! Kirsten feels the same too!
Before breakfast, we attended Morning song and each day featured a musician who talked about their music or the school.
In my Paper cutting studio, ideas are being formulated. I had a phenomenal group of such talented 'snitters who became sisters!
Our first project was a design of mine. The finish was two rabbits hopping over a cabbage.
Ta-daah, here's Tammy's finish.
Everyone working hard. This space had once been the school's dining hall. In April the school will cut the ribbon on the brand new Paper Arts studio! We took a look at it and it's amazing.
Frances working on a monogram. She initially wasn't happy with her cutting. At home her medium is blown eggs, which she carves and turns into a lace-like shell, it's incredible. Together we figured out that she was holding the paper cutting knife at the wrong angle and pressing too hard. She is a former teacher herself, and wisely had me cut at her station and watch how I held the knife. This helped and she went on to cut with ease.
Here is an original design of Jaime's. We had two bee-keepers in the class. She designed this illustration to use for notecards. We were all amazed with her concept and execution of her idea.
On Monday afternoon, Kirsten and I went on a tour of the campus. Here is the garden. On the menu board, the staff wrote what items came from here and were in the daily line-up.
The school is in the process of preserving this historic cabin.
The campus is over 200 acres.
Can you see the blacksmith on top of the weather vane? All over the school you see examples of the blacksmiths' work in railings, hooks, light fixtures and chandeliers.
Here is the threshold to the Blacksmith Studio. Can you find the 2 anvils and the hammer?
Some examples of iron work.
As an instructor, we could have a sample of our craft displayed in this case. You can see it was Scandinavian week!
Frances is moments away from opening her cutting. An event we all celebrated. The first time we oohed and aaahed some of the office staff from upstairs came running down to see what was happening!
This was a personal and autobiographical piece. A true labor of Love.
Kirsten and Mike. Two very happy campers. It's tremendous what got finished in days! Kirsten hadn't thrown pottery since 1991. I think the week ignited her passion for the craft again.
During the week, after class we could tour studios and watch demos. Here is Kay Patterson demo-ing Enameling.
This is one student's work and it's only Wednesday!
Some of the many studios on campus.
One of Kirsten's bowls.
One of Mike Lalone's beautiful pieces. He is the resident clay artist.
In the jewelry studio I learned and fell in love with the term: 'tool whore'. Here is the creator of that catch phrase.
One panel of a 'story band' that will be used for a watch. Can you see how tiny the children playing in the surf are? Amazing.
Woodcarving was taught by Harley Refsal. I saw him featured on PBS's Craft in America, and that's how learned of the school. He is also a part of Vesterheim, the National Norwegian American Museum and Heritage School.
His class is hugely popular!
The School's motto!
Here's the front door to our 'home'. Kirsten and I shared a room with a private bath at the 'Little House'.
On our walk to the dining hall and our studios. I'll stop this post here. Dear Reader, get up use the bathroom and stretch your legs. Tune in for part 2 of our Sister/Crafting/Week/Folk-a-palooza!