I spent part of the afternoon today at a workshop/demo by Ceramic Artist Kathryn Finnerty. She is here as a visiting artist with the UF Ceramics Department. It’s days like today that I remember why I love my job. It’s not everyone who gets to watch an artist work and call it professional development.
I’m back at work today, after being out sick with a headcold for ALL of the 3-day MLK weekend, and then some. I would like to nominate the person(s) who invented tissue with lotion and VICKS for some sort of humanitarian award. Really. I mean it.
I stumbled across the website Tastespotting yesterday, which has much to offer in the way of inspiration to a maker of tableware.
My feet have been hurting me for weeks and so today I finally went to the foot doctor. As I suspected, through self-diagnosis via the internet, I have plantar fasciitis. It has gotten so bad that this week, that by the end of the work day, I’ve been limping.
Evidently, the only “cure” for this thing is to do these “heel drop” exercises three times a day in order to stretch the achilles tendon. For 4 months. Well, he said I might get 50% better after 2 months. Not really the quick fix I was hoping for, but I’ll do the exercises and hope for the best.
The good news is that walking will not make things worse ( I was afraid I was doing this.) I was also worried that I’d brought this all on by standing long periods on hard floors (industrial tile over concrete) in my studio and at the library. But the doctor says no, this is not really a factor. It is all about the Achilles tendon being too tight. I have bought several anti-fatigue mats for the studio, which I’ll still be keeping around, though.
In December, with holiday sale proceeds, I bought myself a new toy…a slab roller!
It was delivered before Christmas, but alas, it has been TOO COLD nights & weekends in my unheated studio to even unpack the boxes. So here it sits, still packed up, on its delivery pallet:
It’s probably fixin’ to be the coldest night of the year here in the tropics, so I’m pondering summer vacation plans! I just registered for a Lana Wilson workshop. I have read her book, and it’s just chock full of ideas and inspiration so I’m excited about taking her class.
….AND workshop is at Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, one of my favorite places on the planet. Can’t beat that. Yay!