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Arrowmont Fire


Arrowmont Fire 28 November 2016The news this morning about the spread of forest fires into the resort town of Gatlinburg were scary.  The very mention of Arrowmont among the list of 30 or so businesses that were identified as fire-damaged or destroyed made my heart sink.  Pictures like the one on the left, looking up the drive into Arrowmont, left me feeling a huge sense of loss.

The news later in the day sounds a little more promising. Yes there were buildings burned on the Arrowmont campus, but not all.  Mixed reports seem to narrow the destruction down to maybe 2 buildings with smoke damage to others.  That’s still not great news, but there is a sense of relief and thankfulness that no lives were lost and that a special place to me and so many artists survived.

Arrowmont Executive Director, Bill Mays, is quoted in a WBIR-TV interview as saying, “We are OK. Much destruction and loss in our community, many hurting. Thankful the school survived. Thankful for Arrowmont friends everywhere. Please get the word out that Arrowmont is still here.”

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Busy November Wrapping Up


ChenowethARTS Mug - It takes a villageNovember has been a month for making changes around the studio and for exploring new sales opportunities.  ChenowethARTS exhibited with 22 other Tennessee Craft members at Nashville’s Gordon Community Center for the entire month.  Roughly 80 bowls were made and contributed to the Chili Bowl sale at Belmont University’s Art Department.  Most importantly, after several months of agonizing and preparing, there is a new ChenowethARTS shop on Etsy that will feature functional wares and gift ideas…there are still more artistic creations that are intended for gallery display, but barring a change of heart to do craft fairs, Etsy may be the route I pursue for functional pieces.

There is a new slab roller in the studio that can definitely put the hurt on a fingertip (that’s a whole different story).  A whole new world of surface treatments has opened up using my own silk-screened designs to add depth to my usual repertoire of glazing techniques…and I’m having fun with that!  Several new under-glaze colors are making their appearances on test pieces and I am discovering that airbrushing of under-glazes can be addictive  🙂

Gearing up for a hectic holiday season…my best to you and yours!