On Sundays I reflect.
I drank one beer this week. My dude Willie the Pimp drove out here with a package of cups for me from Tim Drier and he brought me a Spotted Cow. Willie has been collecting my work for longer than almost anyone besides my mom, and I dubbed his nickname from the title of a Frank Zappa song. We have become close friends over the years as he has supported my business and collected my art. He has driven to my studio multiple times including to attend my grand opening years ago. He has watched it evolve over the years and I always look forward to his next visit. When he offered me a beer I accepted, and I have hardly thought about it since. My guess is that it was my fifth drink of 2020.
We spent the week finishing our kitchen next door to the studio in the Weston Annex. The walls are painted and we have a counter, shelving, and drawers. We still have some work to do in the studio where the kitchen used to be, but already the space is much more clear and obstacle free. I used to have a two foot squared photo booth blocking my back door, and an obstacle course on the way into the studio. To me, cleanliness at the studio is essential to safety at the studio.
My brother leaves today for Miami after a nearly two week stay out here. We got some laps in at Vail and Beaver Creek, he got to blow glass a little, and he helped me with big picture stuff almost every night after we both finished working. This year may have been the longest we have gone without seeing each other or close to it. His last visit was in February for the Vail Cup Collectors Club which we have begun to plan for 2021. Things will be different this year as we are planning an online release rather than an in person event. Stay tuned for details on that.
I did find a bit of time to get on the torch this week, and completed a commissioned gift for some special people in my life. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, so that is all I will share about that.
Yesterday I made a quick trip over to Everdream Studio to show N8 his collaborations with Stephan Peirce, and get his signature on both. If you haven’t been to the studio in Evergreen, it is unlike any other studio I have been to. Spending time there is inspiring for sure, and I have enjoyed getting to know the team of artists that have occupied most of an industrial park.
Sorry this is going up so late - I wrote that this morning and have been grinding all day at the studio. Stay tuned for a more thorough update next week and thanks for tuning in!
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