Monday, December 7, 2009

Let it Snow!

This was the view from the back porch of Pollard Saturday morning... what a treat to wake up to!

Holiday classes also went on all day. Visitors created felted ornaments, fused glass ornaments, ceramic face jars, enameled ornaments, band saw boxes, turned honey dippers and candle holders. The snow made it truly feel like the holidays had arrived, as well as having so many friendly faces on campus. Check out some of the other spots on campus:

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

mysterious guest

this little guy visited during dinner tonight - anyone know what it may be?

...and thanks to lynette, and Nick Deford's handy wiki link I have now learned that there is more than one kind of skunk. the beauty above is the Eastern Spotted Skunk

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Congratulations to resident Martina Lantin. An image of her work was published in the October issue of Ceramics Monthly - it was an 'upfront' review of the MBK Graduate exhibition at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Uninvited Guests

While the guests we receive each day are uninvited, they are most interesting! Big or small, we are experiencing every aspect of life in the Smokies. It is unlike anywhere else! 

The insects, while huge and strangely unique, are miniscule compared to the threat of running into families of bear on the trails, or coming home to them after a good hike. Kent took these pictures from his bedroom window. We came home to a sow and two cubs... just hanging out in the front yard eating thistle seed and tearing things up. 

Sunday, August 23, 2009

In View of the Smokies

On Friday night, the residents minus one- Martina is in Moscow- attended the opening reception for the exhibition In View of the Smokies: celebrating 75 years. Karen Green put the exhibit together. It showcases local photographers who capture the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. Large scale panoramas, views from vistas, and intimate moments were all a part of the 75 piece exhibit highlighting the work of 15 photographers. There was a great turnout for the opening, complete with Maxine's spread of Appalachian food. What a beautiful show- and we are so lucky to live in the midst of what this work represents.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Congrats to resident alumni Alicia Boswell for her inclusion in Metalsmith magazine's juried exhibition in print- Saturated: Color and Metal. Two of Alicia's brooches were included, they each measure 2.5 x 1.5 x 1", and are entitled  Parthenogeny (l), and Salient (r). 

Check out more of Alicia's work on her website:

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Garden

It was a hot day to work on the little patch, but worth it. Finally a new layer of mulch was added and some areas turned with extra soil. The creeping strawberry and succulents were reined in a little to make room for a hopeful crop of autumn lettuce, spinach and chard. The new rose bush is doing really well and I think Magda and Damon's sculptures are enjoying the summer.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


After final touches; lighting and a quick sweep, the gallery is complete and ready for visitors!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Artist in Residence Gallery

Tonight we gathered at the residents gallery at the main entrance to the school to set up some of our artwork... our first exhibition together!

Karen helped us get on our feet... while Kent spotted.

Martina had a big task installing her RAM pressed plates, measuring and measuring to perfection.

End of the night family photo! Come check out our work next time you're in Gatlinburg! 

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Elvis lives!

So a group of us head off to Cherokee N.C. to check out the semi-finals of the regional 'Ultimate Elvis' competition. There was a plethora of white jump suits, lots of hip shakin' and ladies fanning themselves from excitement.

of the final five, one will be chosen for the international finals to be held during Elvis week in Memphis.

one of the finalist - and with a large fan contingent at the contest

could that be him! for real! hiding in the back?

Friday, July 31, 2009

Lindsay Oesterritter

Congratulations to past resident, Lindsay Oesterriter who is finishing up her residency in Australia at the Strathnairn Arts Association with an exhibition of her wood-fired work.

below is the Gallery announcement:

An exhibition and sale of Woodfired Ceramics by

Lindsay Oesterritter

Strathnairns current Artist in Residence

Inspired by process and materials,

this exhibition showcases Lindsay Oesterritter's research of seven clays,

including one she dug from the entrance of Strathnairn.

She recognizes her wood fired surfaces are evocative of worn metal and

thoughtfully uses her building processes and forms to explore this likeness.

Official Opening on Saturday 8th August at 11am
Anita Knopp Doll
Acting Public Affairs Officer, United States Embassy

Exhibition dates:
Saturday 8th August to
Sunday 23rd August, 2009

Strathnairn Homestead Gallery
Open Weekends 10 - 4.30pm
90 Stockdill Drive, Holt
02 62542134

Thursday, July 23, 2009

visitors to the studio

One day late for open studio, mama bear and two cubs stopped by. She helped herself to the veggie oil, and for dessert - the birdseed from Victoria's bird feeder - right outside her studio.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Alum Alex Kraft

Resident alumna Alex Kraft is exhibiting at the Lillstreet Arts Center in Chicago. The exhibition is entitled Drawn and Created and is showing until August 16.