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192 Jim Boone Rd
Bakersville, NC, 28705
United States


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A Little Note On Standing

Michael Kline

I stand when I'm throwing on my Shimpo. I've always described it as a more active posture. I'm able to step back and eye the pot I'm throwing from a better perspective. Plus, I just like being able to move around, instead of being hunched over in a sitting position.

Robert Genn writes a weekly 'letter' called "The Painter's Keys". He has hit the nail on the head with this week's letter. He says,
"I've always recognized the value of standing. Standing gives a painter more kinetic opportunity. Body movement and physical action become part of the creative act."
"Kinetic opportunity!"
I'm going to have to 'borrow' that phrase the next time I teach a workshop. (which will be be in June at the Snow Farm!)


Michael Kline

I'll be teaching in my old stomping grounds of New England this summer at the Snow Farm! It seems a bit early to be talking about a workshop that happens June 20-22nd, but I just wanted to mention it before it filled up. You can see the course description here and also register on the Snow Farm web site. When I lived in Massachussetts I taught here weekly and thought of Snow Farm as a mini Penland. In fact they it's not so mini after all. They offer a wide variety of media, including glassblowing. Also they have a wonderful summer program for young adults. It'll be a great summer weekend. I'll be focussing our efforts on brushwork, but will be making big pots as well! This is a hands on class! Oh, the food is GREAT, too!