By joannearnold, Dec 11 2014 01:35AM
Ten years ago I was awarded a summer painting residency at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, NY. It was a valuable experience that allowed me to focus solely on my painting in an intimate setting with four other residents. It did, however take me away from my day to day life. On Sunday afternoons we were allowed to have guests. My husband, David would come up every Sunday with our Shetland sheepdog puppy, Toby. It was a nice break from the immersion of full time painting.
On one of David’s visits he exclaimed that he wanted to take up pottery. It seemed so out of the blue because he had never mentioned it before. He had experienced & supported years of my struggles & joys as an artist. I knew it was something that he seriously thought about & wanted to do. I was all for another artist in the family.
David Arnold has become an accomplished potter in the past ten years. He works diligently throwing bowls on the potter’s wheel & finding the right glazes for his particular style. His work has become his signature & voice. It has matured to having a style all his own.
He is a member of Clayworks at Roberson Museum & continuously takes classes every session. This year he was selected to become a studio technician. The responsibility of loading kilns, firing kilns & mixing glazes has become the ongoing part of the learning process. The other members of the studio from the teachers, to the students to the technicians have become his “pottery peeps”. He belongs to a lively creative organization that share in the spirit of art.
This past year, David’s work is represented & being sold at Old Barn Hollow in Binghamton. It fits nicely with the organic nature of the store. It’s been a successful venue for his crocks, bowls, jugs & vases. He also belongs to “Beyond Pottery Artisans” which puts on art sales a few times a year. It’s nice to see the variety of work from fellow art peeps.
It’s good to have an artist as a husband. We delight in each other’s work. I couldn’t be any prouder. He has accomplished so much in a span of ten years & I look forward to what the next decade of art brings.