Thursday, June 23, 2011

Broken Belle

This darling photo was taken just a few short hours before Isla slipped on a trail and most unfortunately broke her elbow on Tuesday evening! Summer solstice this year turned out to be more eventful than we bargained for with a trip to the emergency room.

With hugs and assurances from her daddy that the 'worst of it was over' and an affinity with her mommy for having had her own broken bone story at age 5, she's been properly briefed and prepped to be showered with attention for the next month - all for the cost of no swimming!

With a trip to DQ after the hospital and a new set of markers for cast decorating, she doesn't seem too phased about it!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Brick Baron

About a month ago, Robin caught wind of a brick source out of Edmonton, which with initial investigation seemed a bit of a logistical nightmare. But that nightmare turned out to be one heck of an opportunity for the right potter and we are now the rightful owners of more than 180,000 pounds of high temperature fire brick and refractory!!! Sounds exciting doesn't it?!?

The most exciting part was actually having the brick delivered this past Wednesday and watching our very skilled neighbour unload 60 pallets of heavy brick with his loader off of two double semi-trailer tractors.

Next up....I think Robin mentioned something about building a kiln.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Alberta bound

It's official. The garden is in, our house is fully unpacked, our travel insurance is now expired, Roscoe has stopped asking when we are going 'home' and guess what people, we're moving!?!

Robin has accepted the position of Visiting Artist in the Ceramics dept at Alberta College of Art and Design, which begins this fall in Calgary. Its a very exciting opportunity for him to teach for a year at ACAD, where he completed his undergraduate degree and this life long love affair with clay really all began. The teaching position is a one year gig, where each academic year a different visiting artist is invited to teach and work in the studios with the intention to bring new energy and ideas to the program.

A sweet gig, indeed. And an awesome opportunity to catch up with so many folks and friends we haven't had much of the chance to since we left cowtown 7 years ago. We've been slightly busy, building a house, and a kiln, making babies, running a gallery, moving to Utah, doing grad school, moving back from Utah. So now, a whole year ahead to find reason to reconnect with some fantastic folk, hang with family, get a little city fix and search for the urban cowgirl within me once again.

Being that it is a one year position, I'm not really looking at it as a move, but rather an extended stay at Nana-camp! Our little piece of mountain-heaven isn't going anywhere.....we'll be back.