return to the darkroom

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Last week I returned to the darkroom! It was amazing. The last time I printed in the darkroom was in 2007-ish? So many years ago!

I have been talking about returning to the darkroom for nearly a year – I finally got the kick in the butt I needed! One of my instructors at work was unable to teach a pinhole camera event last night so I jumped at the opportunity. I LOVE pinhole cameras. So fun! More about the event in a later post…

It was great being back under the safelights with the smell of fixer in the air. I picked up a couple of rolls of Ilford HP5 Plus and plan on shooting them tomorrow so I can process the film on Monday. Again, it’s been several years since I processed film. Wish me luck!

end of summer & a new season

Party Boats, Labor Day 2016

Labor Day was last weekend which marks the end of summer. Fall is almost here – even though it is currently 87*F in my apartment as I’m typing this.

A lot has happened over the last several months but, not a lot has changed. I was scrolling back through this blog and found my post about balance. I wrote that nearly a year ago and I have failed miserably at finding a balance. I’ve said it several times – and maybe this time it will stick – this blog is a huge part of that balance because it is MINE and about ME. I need to re-focus my energy back to this blog. I miss writing for writing’s sake.

I redesigned this blog earlier today. A fresh look for a new season and renewed interest in this blog. Cheers!

Handbuilding | Week 3 & 4

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Last night was my third handbuilding class (I missed week 3 – bummer!) and I got a lot done. I finished my lidded bowl! After decorating the lid by carving little starbursts I then made the final touch – the base. I decided I didn’t want to add an attached foot to the bowl but, make a separate base. I like the idea of there being these three pieces and with the base I shaped it so that the bowl/sphere will sit on the base slightly off-center. I’m really happy with the way it’s come along and I’m finally appreciating the many imperfections. These pieces are still too wet to go to the kiln, so hopefully I’ll be able to send them next week. I’m looking forward to bringing this home and placing it on my bookshelf!

I also got my two pinch-pots and coil-pot back from the kiln! See how they are different colors? Next week we’re learning about glazing and I CANNOT WAIT! I’m so excited to add color to these pieces – my coil-pot needs all the help it can get! Ha!

In the last 30mins of class I started two more projects – more on those next week! I’m actually hoping to go to open studio hours later this week to continue working on them. We shall see.


Read about Week 1 and Week 2

Handbuilding | Week 2

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Catching up on posts! Week 2 my two pinch-pots and coil-pot had dried enough since week 1 to go to the kiln for firing (you can’t put wet clay in the kiln!). Before sending the pots to the kiln I covered two in a white slip (liquid clay) which apparently will effect the color of the glazing later on. I left one of my pinch-pots sans-slip so I could compare the glazes.

See that sphere? That’s the sphere I made week 1 and week 2 I cut it in half and carved out the inside. Why? To make a lidded bowl! This project in particular has really made me stop and chill. I so badly want everything to be perfect, but this is handbuilding – HANDMADE – of course it isn’t going to be perfect.

Week 2 I also got a crash-course in making a slab. My instructor can make a slab by hand but, thankfully there is also a machine in the studio that presses a slab for me! I attempted to throw a slab by hand and it didn’t go well. Looks like I need to go in for open studio hours to work on coil-pots and slabs!


Read about Week 1

Handbuilding | Week 1

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I’m taking my first ceramics class – and it’s a lot of fun. I’m currently in week 4 (catching up on posts!) and 1/2 way through the class. What’s the class? Handbuilding, at Genesee Center, taught by Ian Park.

It’s kind of hard documenting this class like I did when I took Lovin’ Letterpress at the Center. My hands are 99% of the time covered in clay – obviously. Each class I’ve tried to snap a few pics to share to Instagram but, wow, these photos do not do this class justice.

Week 1 I made two pinch-pots, one coil-pot (not shown), and one sphere (not shown). I really enjoyed making the pinch-pots! I was not a fan of the coil-pot. The sphere was maddening – ha! With my pinch-pots I added a “foot” to my second one after leaving my first pot very basic. Both pots have been through the kiln (bisque) and are ready for glaze. I’m VERY EXCITED to learn about glazing. I’m a sucker for blue glaze! I don’t really have a good photo of my coil-pot to share, but it isn’t that exciting anyways. I actually need to challenge myself to go in during open studio hours and make another coil-pot. Practice makes perfect, right? It was making the coils that was hard – I just couldn’t get the coils even, they would crack… it was a mess. As for the sphere (I’ll share a photo of that in my next post) we made a solid sphere of clay to later make a lidded bowl! Cool, right?

woman to watch

Woman to Watch 2016

In case you missed my announcement on Facebook, Twitter, and InstagramI was the first Woman to Watch of 2016!

I was interviewed by Leah Shaw of the Democrat & Chronicle. We chatted a lot about how I’ve reached this point in my career and how passionate I am about the local art scene here in ROC – I’m glad I was able to share my experience and also some fun facts about me:

Future goals: My long-term goals include pursuing a doctorate and eventually starting a family (maybe not in that order). I also grew up in the Adirondacks and it’s always been a goal to climb all 46 high peaks. Having just turned 30, I’m now committed to becoming a ’46er’ by the time I’m 35. Plenty of time.

SUPER PUMPED to share more about my 46er plans this year! Stay tuned. It’s funny re-reading this goals quote thinking back on my 30th birthday post. Ha! So, I do have some goals.

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My 30th Birthday

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Surprise, surprise – I’m super behind on posts! I can’t believe it’s February! HOW?!

I just wanted to document my 30th birthday – even in this small way. I’m 30. I turned 30 a couple of months ago. I honestly don’t feel any different – am I supposed to?

For my 30th birthday I spent the day in the woods with my godmother – it was a perfectly relaxing day. Over the last couple of months since then all I’ve been able to really think about is WHAT I’m going to do this year. There are so many things I haven’t done yet that I always assumed I would by now (marriage, kids, house, etc.) so now I’m trying to re-focus on what I really want and what I can accomplish this year. What are my goals? I’ll have to get back to you on that!

happy new year!

ROC 2016

I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a healthy and happy new year! 2015 was – intense. Looking forward to a much more relaxed 2016. This weekend I plan on updating my website (LONG OVERDUE) and working on a few posts I’ve had on the back burner for most of 2015 – ha!

I’m ringing in 2016 in my pjs with my kitties. My relaxing 2016 is off to a great start!

Photo is from my Instagram – ornament is by artist Gail Erwin. I purchased it at Genesee Center’s Wintercraft.

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A few weeks ago I traveled up to the ADKs to visit family. It was a much needed and overdue visit.

I feel like I’m FINALLY settling into my LIFE. That’s weird to write, but I’m not really sure how else to explain it. I’ve always been working towards some sort of goal: graduate with my BFA, graduate with my MFA, find a full-time job I really want to commit to… so many goals. I’m turning 30 next month (O M G !) and I can proudly say I’ve reached all of my goals up to this point in my life. AWESOME!

Time for new goals.

Now that I finally feel like I’ve got my life in order, now I can enjoy it! I have mixed feelings about turning 30 next month. On one hand, like I said, I’ve accomplished a lot up to this point, but then again I haven’t accomplished what 16yr old Megan thought I would have accomplished by now. I’m not married (not even close!), I don’t have any kids, I don’t own my own house… see where I’m going with this? A couple of weeks ago I started a new full-time job. MY full-time job. I love the organization I’m working with and I love what I’m doing there. FINALLY. This is what I needed.

Settling into MY LIFE now I’m looking forward to picking back up photography, letterpress, maybe take a ceramics class or two… I’m excited to create again! I’ve never craved having a camera in my hand like I do right now. I miss taking pictures. All of the above photos are from my Instagram account – photos I took while home (yes, it snowed!!) – photos taken with my iPhone. I NEED to use my film cameras again. I’m especially excited to shoot with my Hasselblad – it’s been way too long.

I have weekends off now! It’s been YEARS since I’ve had a “normal” schedule and I will be taking full advantage of it. PHOTOGRAPHY is coming back to this blog! I’m SO EXCITED.

Off to order some 120 film

Fall is My Fave

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Seriously, Fall is my FAVE season. Hands down. I love everything about it – changing colors of the leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, cool weather – just an overall cozy feeling all day everyday.

Last week I was able to wear my fave LLBean clogs and my feet haven’t been so happy in months.

Lots of good vibes today – it’s going to be a GREAT season this year. I can tell.