The season has come to a close and I am finally home. It has been a long summer working as the kilnmaster/studio manager up there in the Chautauqua Institute. The job was grueling sometimes and I was always at work 24/7 there but I met some great people and managed to squeak out a small bit of interesting work. I'm sending a shout out to my right hand man Ms. Ashley Dodge and her significant other Kevin...two very cool people that made my life there much easier to deal with. Another shout out to Tim, Caroline, Devon, and Paul with whom I shared the upstairs of the lodge as well as the rooftop on occasion. I was also fortunate enough to have a good group of dedicated students from several different universities that worked for me as work study...here's to them too...Sam, Sara, Dwain, Sami and our adopted ceramic student Yuan. I wish them all luck in their endeavors. It was a breakneck but productive summer and I hope that everybody got something out of it besides just being tired in the end...I know I did. But now, I'm home. Being at home means a lot to me and I look forward to doing nothing but sitting on the couch and catching up on some DVDS for the next couple of days. I will start my fall job back with IUP soon and I hope to get settled back in the studio in Smicksburg by the weekend. So in the meantime, I want to post some images of my cone 6 work from the Cha. I sold the majority of what I am showing here, but I am pleased to be able to share them as an image with all of you gentle readers out there. I will post a couple more Chautauqua related things next time and talk about my collaboration with visiting faculty Adam Paulek (a shout out to you sir, as well)...so enjoy the mugs and cups as I welcome myself back....click on the images for a larger view.