Wow. Its been a while... an embarrassing while. The good news is that only my blog has been slack. The bad news is that I've neglected this space because of so many other new, exciting, crazy, stressful things and events in my life! So, for a super fast speedy insane recap, I'll take this time to reflect on some of the things that have been going on in the world of Katie Poterala since we last crossed paths:
Completed the wonderfully stressful process of putting on an MFA thesis show! Pictures will be posted on the site soon, but here's a sneak peek:
Moved... twice! Most recently as a return to my home state, South Carolina! It feels a.m.a.z.i.n.g to see so much green again.
Road Tripped with my good friend Logan Woodle! Saw tons of awesome things, including Caves, Petrified Wood, Hot Springs, and lots and LOTS of turtles. (Hey check out that awesome fungus that grows in the desert!)
Joined Pinterest! Check out my collection of boards: here
Started a blog on CraftHaus called 'First Hand', highlighting some personal discoveries about professional
development and the real world, with guest insights from professional artists in the field.
Started a mailing list (find the link on my website, or for a direct link click here). Sign up if you want to be the very first to know what's new in my little shop!
Made a ton of new work, both one of a kind and production pieces. Wanna see what's on the bench, now??
Shipped a ton of work all over the US, to places like Sienna Gallery, Society of Contemporary Crafts, and the Wayne Art Center.
Started a bridal line! Check it out here & let me know what you think!
Placed some production and one of a kind work into some New spaces, including Julie Artisan's Gallery (NYC), ASU Art Museum Shop (Tempe, AZ), and Matthew Campbell Gallery (Greenville, SC).
Worked on my website, A LOT.
MADE a website, come to think about it! From scratch, no less...
Got into a Lark Book! Finally! My mokume gane set of hollow constructed rings is featured in Showcase 500 Rings.
Went to the annual SNAG conference (hosted by good friends and mentors in Phoenix, this year), and got to attend the pre-conference workshops at Mesa Contemporary Arts! Awesome, as always. It was great having a chance to help out on a committee this year.
Participated in the ASU Art Museum's first Trunk Show, and the annual SNAG trunk show. Here are my best selling earrings:
Taught workshops at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC: an amazing institution I am SO proud to be an alumni of! It was so wonderful to be back in this amazing place and see some of the people who first helped shape me as an artist.
Expanded my personal studio practice to include production fabrication for a fantastic local Jewelry Designer, teacher, and artist here in Greenville, SC.
Lined up a bunch of classes for the Fall! From quick two hour BYOB workshops at Vino and VanGogh to two day technique based classes at Daly Designs and Furman University. I'll post details to my website soon! Here's a sample of some things that we'll be doing in September:
And, lastly (although I'm sure I've overlooked a thousand things)... I'm working on setting up my own personal studio! I'm crammed into a crazy tiny space with no A/C right now--NOT ideal! But, I'll be in a modest but better place soon, and I promise I'll post pictures ASAP!
So, not that it makes up for the abyss that my blog has become, but I've been BUSY! I promise to be better in my post grad school blogging!