Today is my last day of summer vacation and I can't believe how fast it has gone by. I have been busier than expected, but have enjoyed every minute of it. So much so, that I wish I had another summer of grad school. Why? Well, I taught an Intro to Ceramics class to nine wonderful students who were dedicated and eager to learn. I was impressed with how much they accomplished and truly adored watching them learn clay as a material and medium. Other than teaching, I have been working at the Newark Bike Project, running the front of house operations, selling used bikes, and learning more than I thought possible about cycling and mechanics. This job has introduced me to Newark locals, cycle enthusiasts, and UD students who all share a common interest. Over the summer, I have become more interested in cycling and can confidently help customers (and my friends) with bike knowledge and maintaining/fixing bikes. Also, the sweet discount at the shop doesn't hurt... I treated myself to a 3-speed Raleigh from 1974. It needs a lot of work, but I cannot wait until it's done and I put the work in myself! As a third job, I was mentoring a group of undergraduate students in ceramics all summer. Basically, I helped them load kiln and answered questions here and there. Outside of my paid jobs, I cat sat for 6 weeks, dog sat for 1, traveled to neighboring big cities, and spent two weeks with my parents in Michigan. This weekend I'm off to Chicago for a wedding, then NYC next week for a show in Brooklyn (info here).
With all of the jobs and things I've been juggling this summer, I haven't had the chance to make a lot of work. But, I was able to sneak a few pieces in here and there. Here are some in progress shots:
I'm working on two animations at the moment, stay tuned for those. Check out my instagram for pictures of Michigan: @tarasigillata