5 Questions Friday: No Texting & Weaving

Q: How long did it usually take us to get to John C. Campbell Folk School when we lived in New Hampshire?
Eric: Two long days in the car since I don’t like to drive more than 10 hours in one day before I have to teach for a week.

Q: So how awesome was it, to leave our house in Tennessee, and arrive at the campus in only 3 hours?
Eric: It was REALLY awesome. Exactly why we moved South. I’m not exhausted from sitting in a car for two days and staying at a grungy hotel.

Before I ask the next question, I need to share with you all (I mean y’all since I now live in the South) this picture I snapped at Mr. Basketmaker’s class this evening in Brasstown and who you are looking at.

Does anyone recognize her? Yes, it is the GBA’s Madam President Pattie Bagley and Resident Artist of the folk school, I might add. And she was caught pink-handed TEXTING during class! (get it… pink-handed because she has a pink phone… yeah… lame… I know.)

Yes, that is Miss Pattie in all her presidential glory! She is taking Eric’s weekend class and as you can see, her barely-begun creel basket is cast off to the side like a watered down drink while she gets some laughs from her texts. Bad Pattie!

Now this leads me to Mr. Basketmaker’s next question…

Q: I thought you had a NO Texting & Weaving Policy?
Eric: I do.

Q: Then why is this student texting?
Eric: Because it’s Pattie and her presidential power has gone to her head. She does what she wants.
(editor’s note: for those who are more on the serious side — we are just poking fun at our dear friend Miss Pattie! So all in good fun people! All in good fun! And Eric really doesn’t have an official “no texting” policy in his class. He just pretends he does.)

Q: What annoyed you this week?
Eric: Your brother and your Dad whining again about me, the Commissioner, and the league when it hasn’t even started yet!

Folk School: Another Day in Pics

Below are the rest of the pics from my day of exploring the campus of John C. Campbell Folk School while Eric was teaching. And there were still buildings I did not get to: Music Studio, Cooking Studio, Woodturning Studio and the Orchard House for Photography. Will have to see those next year when Eric teaches in August.

This is the Woodcarving Studio where John Davis was teaching.
I was looking forward to checking out the Jewelry & Metals Studio where Lisa Barth was teaching clay metal techniques. Diane (lower right) was showing off the necklace she just completed.
On my way to the Woodworking Studio and Rock Room where the basketry class is, I passed by the outdoor kilns.
Basketry classes are held in the Rock Room. Eric had a great bunch of students.
I'll finish off with the Coopering class, taught by Will Hines over at the Woodworking Studio. I have been inside the workshop but silly me forgot to take pictures! I only have them working outside on the long porch.

Folk School: A Day in Pics

As promised, less writing and more photos of my day at John C. Campbell Folk School. (So no Five Questions Friday this week…) I wrote captions for each bank of pics so you know what they are. Enjoy! (And I will have a lot more tomorrow.)

Here's the walking commute to my "temporary office" all week.
This is the library that I wrote about yesterday, located in the Keith House and that's where I've been working every day (you can see my laptop way in the back by the window).
When I visited the Pitman Fiber Arts Weaving Studio, the students were in another room viewing a slide show with teachers Dianne Totten & Pam Howard.
Next door at the Quilting Studio, Valerie Poitier was teaching students how to paint on fabric.
On my way to Eric's basketry class, I came across some of the drawing students sketching outside.
There's no way I could take this Glass Beads class, taught by Judy Peppers & Paul Roche at the Enameling Studio — I know I would stick my arm in that flame reaching for something. I am too absentminded! I don't get hurt when I spill paint so I'll stick with that.
Brant & Karen Barnes teaching Clay in the Pottery Studio.
Last night, Artist & Instructor Valarie Poitier gave an interesting presentation on artist development. Eric even got up and said a few words! (Sorry Valerie is a little blurry. She's so animated and moves around alot! Wait, am I apologizing for my photography? I learned that that's a "no no" from Valerie—never apologize for any of the work you do! So many artists do that.
I'll finish off with a picture I took last night. It was dark and we forgot our tripod so I had to hold the camera while the shutter opened longer to let in light—so it's a little blurry. I cannot be that still! (There I go again, apologizing... sorry Valerie!)

Check back tomorrow where I’ll have the rest of the photos from Woodcarving, Jewelry, Coopering and Basketry!