Front Page News

Naomi Clement

Turns out artists are front page news in Medicine Hat.

The Medicine Hat News came to interview and photograph me and one of the other new artists (Jason Desnoyers) at the studio the other day—a little surreal to be honest, but definitely nice to be in a community that is so supportive of the arts. Imagine my surprise when I found myself on the front page (above the fold too!). Check out the full article here. Perhaps in later years this photo will be shown in one of those “clay stars without their make-up” magazine spreads they have in Ceramics Monthly.

In other news, I’m still settling into my new studio space (which is pretty awesome by the way!). And while I always like the idea of change, I am not so good at the process of it, so I’m trying to be patient and allow myself the space to get acquainted with my new surroundings. My brain wants me to jump right in, but somehow my hands aren’t quite ready. The addition of a radio and the CBC helped a lot over the weekend.

Plainsman ClayI’m also using a new clay body for the first time in years (Plainsman M370) which is taking some getting used to.

So, what with the new clay body, and a way drier environment (my previous studio was a nice damp basement),  I feel like a bit of a beginner again—cracking handles and all.

Right. Patience…

Medalta Bound

In a matter of days I’ll be on my way West to Medicine Hat Alberta, where I have been accepted as one of six, year long artists in residence at Medalta Potteries.

I’ve spent the last two weeks dashing around visiting family and friends before the road trip West, so I really haven’t had much time to process the fact that I am moving to the other side of the country. Now that the car is packed (my years of experience tightly packing a glaze kiln sure came in handy there), I can take a few deep breaths and actually start to get excited.

It’s hard to say what I’m most looking forward to—between the kilns, great studio spaces and all the history at Medalta, there is a lot of scope for awesomeness.  However, if I have to pick one thing that I’m most looking forward to, I’d say it is the community of artists and makers. I’m really looking forward to being surrounded by people who make ceramics a full-time pursuit—there is something about the energy and camaraderie that exists when a group of artists are all working together in a shared space. I can’t wait to get started.

Medalta Crock