The last two weeks I have been in Appopmattox Virginia at the Cub Creek Foundation. I will be here for the next year living and pursuing woodfired sculpture and pottery. It is an amazing place. I have been overwhelmed with its beauty. It is way out in the country, a far cry from the city of Orlando, FL. I am here with 6 other ceramic artists and everyone is wonderful, and everyone makes very different kind of work. I saw the Milky Way for the first time…I am wide eyed and just trying to take it all in. For the first time in my life I am presented with an opportunity that has given me absolute freedom. It is a daunting and beautiful thing. I plan to take full advantage of it. I have been busy making work and getting to know everyone. We have been working on building a new woodfire salt kiln which is almost complete. We are firing the Cub Creek “Johnagama” this friday for 4 days. I can’t wait! There is clay in the ground all over the Cub Creek property, and I am going to be using this native clay in many future projects. There are stray hound dogs running about and the sweetest stray pitbull puppy we have named “Kuja”. We are trying to find her a home…John Jessiman the director of Cub Creek and Mitch Iburg the studio manager are really open and wonderful people. Cub Creek is a gem of a place. Anyway, I’m thankful. We are going to split and stack some wood this afternoon. Gotta go.