Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Youtube Symphony Orchestra!

Last Sunday my colleague and I had the pleasure of seeing the Youtube Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera house. I also had the good fortune of seeing my good friends Tom Ho and Edwin Outwater (an assistant conductor)....Check it out at www.youtube.com/symphony

Monday, February 28, 2011

Beautiful sky

The sky was so beautiful tonight! I really do feel as if I am a tad bit closer to the sky......

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Summer is coming to a close....

So the first round of castings have come out of the kiln today....well more like I propped the door open and peeked. The temp. is around 39 degrees Celsius still (100 ish F) so I am slightly skittish about throwing the doors open as the core temps. are still pretty high. These pieces have been annealing for the better part of the summer so it will be interesting to see how everything has come out...

I have also had a major break through! After several devastating losses of some rather large molds (they burst open and flooded the kilns here at ANU!) I have reevaluated the mold making materials as well as sought out other unconventional methods of creating the things I am interested in making. I have been layering sheet glass and refractor materials. using less materials and significantly cutting the anneal time! Images to come soon.....

Monday, February 14, 2011

In the future...everything is a bit brighter!

I am at the ANU library listening to the new Lady Gaga single…I am happy to finally find it, download it, and listen to it!

Being in Australia I have learned the difficulties of procuring things…Music, art supplies, foreign movies/T.V. shows, even trying to find out the results of the Grammies! Just last week while it was Superbowl Sunday, it was Monday here, and in the middle of the afternoon while it was airing, surprisingly live from the states. I gladly watched the halftime show in broad daylight and not under the influence, as much of America did….I am just curious when/if the Grammies will be aired in Australia.

I guess what I am trying to say is, I am a whole world....ok just hemisphere away. Calling home is a tricky thing, being about 17 hours ahead of Chicago; it makes for a few minor inconveniences. Today is February 15th but Valentines Day is still happening for all my friends and family in the states… I suppose I will have two birthdays….

I am living in the future! 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Where did January go?

Where has January gone? It has gone to meeting friends, people, starting my work, and moving!

I have moved in with Andrew and Jacq on 22 Boobiella Street in O’Connor. Both ANU folk who love to cook, laugh, drink, and have a good time. It is nice to get out of the ANU flat and have more of a purpose biking up and down the big hills getting to and from uni (Australian term). The view is superb in the new house. It overlooks most of Canberra with a lovely sitting and dinning area…and a few fruit trees to boot.

In the coming month I should have images of the work ready to post!

In the coming days a good friend and colleague Krysten Keches will join me on her Fulbright experience at the ANU (my home institution). She is a harpist and it will definitely be a good time showing her around Canberra. I have really set up roots in this cute little town and have been blessed to make a slew of friends!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Some pictures!

So I have arrived in Canberra (pronounced Can-Bra, not Can-Bear-A!) where I am currently staying at the art flat literally above the workshop. This is a nice place to land for the time being so I can find a place of my own. The students, faculty, and the like have been very welcoming and incredibly kind; as I am sure I have been bothersome with my million questions.

Canberra is a funny place. Designed by an American Architect there are sprawling suburbs shaped in rounds that are nestled against one another. On the map it is beautiful but makes for some confusing biking and walking navigation...I am sure I will get my bearing at some point in time. The other day I biked up (I bought a bike) to the National Gallery and played in the park for the afternoon as the actual museum was closed for the day. It was a grand outdoor collection overlooking the lake that divides northern and southern Canberra. The bike paths are very enjoyable as they literally run every where!

I have also moved into my studio, begun to purchase materials, and started making a mess :)
Netty and I at "pash" point :)

Oh business cards...

My awsome hosts in Sydney. Left Elliot Brand and Right Susie Peck (RISD GL 2009)

Driving on the other side

My first Kangaroo spotting


Mel Douglas "Dougy" working in the Cold Shop

James Turrel = pretty not bad!

Yellow cone....ugh

Thursday, December 2, 2010

I Have Arrived!

So it is my first day in Australia! And I have no pictures to show for it! Who would have thought when moving to a foreign country one must consider that the plugs are different. Having traveled abroad previously I noticed this, I giggled at the fact that the foreign plugs were so cute, so different. Why did I not think to bring an outlet converter…oh well, the small things you learn in the first few hours of international travel?

I arrived to Australia via “V Australia” a sister company of Virgin America (I highly recommend this airline to anyone traveling to Australia). A hip stylish crew welcomes you with a quaffed facade and dance music playing just slightly above a “normal” level, making for conversations to feel more intimate and “cool,” some how. During the flight, at one point in time, I thought to myself, “am I cool enough for this flight?” It was a flight that took place in the evening, with various dimming lights to assist in passenger’s awareness to destination times. Outside my window it was pitch black, with nothing but sea below, all 15 hours, with the exception being the climactic landing-taking place as the sun spiked upward and began to rise.

After exiting the plane and moving through customs in under three minutes (!) I was greeted by humidity, heat, and a slew of bugs. A fly landed on me and I thought I was going to scream…I have been lead to believe that everything is out to get you here…It wants to bite you and kill you! Needles to say the Fly did not kill me…but I thought the cab driver was going too…

Some simple and random observations:

1) I feel that the “look” and “feel” of Australia is strangely akin to South America.

2) I am scared to death to order coffee…there is a whole vocabulary surrounding the subtle differences that I just don’t know. Plus, most of the café attendees are plainly put, dashingly attractive. All of them, not an ugly one in site, and I have yet to see some one that is “plumper” in “these” parts.

3) If I start to use the native slang words will Australians give me dirty looks? I mean I just don’t see myself ever saying, “good-day-mate” with an earnest look about me…

4) McDonalds is the only place for free Wi-fi on the block, this has something to do with “café culture” I am told, and it is referred to, McDonalds that is, as “Mackers”

5) The toilets REALLY flush the other direction!

Although I have only seen a handful of things I am really enjoying my self thus far. This weekend I will be spending time in Sydney with the grand and fabulous Suzanne Peck. A lovely friend and colleague from grad school, who knows what will happen! I will then be traveling to Canberra on Monday to meet up with Richard Whitleley and the ANU gang…More to come….

Till then,