Here We Go…

#1 on my list of things I never want to do again!

#1 on my list of things I never want to do again!

Sorry for the radio silence over the past month folks, but it has truly been one for the record books. Here is a brief recap of the last month via the stats:

  • 5226 kilometers (3247 miles) of driving
  • 4 provinces
  • 8 states
  • 1 border
  • 1 broken transmission
  • 1 new car
  • 1 UHaul truck
  • 1 ferry ride
  • 1 new apartment
  • 6 bottles of bourbon (not all consumed yet!)
  • 39 cups of coffee
  • 1 new studio
  • Many new friends.

Oh, and approximately one million bugs on the windshield.

After a bit of a rough start (my old car drew its last breath just 2 hours into the first leg of my trip), I have finally arrived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana – my home for the next three years as I attend graduate school at LSU.  I’ve spent the past 10+ days settling into both my new home and my new studio, getting to know the town (which I’ve largely been doing via the many wonderful places to eat here!), and adjusting to the heat. Any personal qualms I had about wearing shorts went out the window within the first day of arrival, as the average high here has been around 36C with a humidity level of about 84%!

The past few days have been full of various orientations at school, and seeing that I’ve been out of school for over a decade and went to a pretty small art college (less than 1000 students) I’ve been making a concerted effort to join in everything I can here at LSU, and really soak in all the things that a big school like LSU has to offer (more on that later…).

Classes start Monday – and I am equal parts excited and terrified. When in doubt, I plan on falling back on the school saying/motto:

GEAUX TIGERS!

The Winner Is…

LSU TigersI’m thrilled to announce that I have officially accepted a spot in the ceramics department at Louisiana State University, where I’ll be one of four MFA candidates for the class of 2017 (feels strange to see it in writing like that!).

Applying to grad school was a long and time-consuming process (making the work, photographing it, writing letters etc), so it’s rewarding to have it pay off by getting into such a good school.

It’s hard to say what I’m most excited about—between fantastic teachers (Andy Shaw and Mikey Walsh), excellent fellow students, and living in the deep South, there is a lot to look forward to. But if I had to choose, I guess I’m most excited about how my work will evolve over the next three years. Oh, and the tailgating. I’m very excited about the tailgating during Tigers games—apparently it is legendary.