It is hard to believe that we are already into March. Here in Western NC, daffodils and maples are starting to bloom, and we’ve had a few unseasonably warm days. Although we usually get some of our worst winter weather this month, part of me is ready for spring. Between frozen stuff falling from the sky and cold temps, studio time has been fairly non-existent in the uninsulated and unheated space. Yes, there is a propane convection heater but because of fumes, it only runs for 15 minutes at a time (better than nothing). Heck, new tops for two work benches have yet to be cut and installed! Talk about slack…
Now on to other things. I am excited today because the Copper Development Association’s article featuring EBS has published. Written by Jennifer Hetrick, the interview was conducted in early February and was originally slated to publish at the end of this month. See it here.
On the class front, new locations and schedules have been added to the calendar. Starting later this month, projects will be available at Turnip the Arts in Hickory, Iredell Arts Council in Statesville, and Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir. At the end of May, I will also teach a class at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. In addition, a new format is being kicked around with the folks at Hamilton Williams Gallery in Morganton for a basic fabrication workshop. It would be held a few hours a week for four weeks. With so much going on, do stay tuned for updates, check the class schedules often, and call early to reserve your spot.
Well a lot happened toward the end of 2014. The biggest is that I was out of commission for almost two months due to having surgery before Christmas. That meant that I didn’t participate in the Harmony Arts Market ~ Holiday Edition which was organized by me. Talk about a major disappointment!!! It also scrapped the open studio sale planned for the Saturday before Christmas. The upshot is that recovery went well, and I am once again back in the groove! Now to catch up…
The last month has seen a lot of changes in the studio. Things like camping gear that were being stored have been moved to a storage unit to make way for two fabulous new workbenches! It doesn’t sound like much but for months, equipment that needs to be mounted on a secure work surface has had nowhere to go. It also will open up one dedicated space for enameling, and I cannot wait! A small convection heater has been added as well to take the edge off of the winter cold in that uninsulated space. That said, I may be working out of my kitchen this winter, especially during these lovely Arctic blasts.
As far as updates go, plans are being made for the next Harmony Arts Market this spring which will once again be held at Hickory’s SALT Block. On the website, the retailer list has been updated, new class locations are in the works, and I FINALLY have launched the Girls’ Night Out home parties. Be sure to check out those pages for information.
Another exciting bit of news is that I was interviewed yesterday by a writer for Copper in the Arts, an online magazine published by the Copper Development Association out of New York City. It should publish in late April so stay tuned for when it becomes available.
In closing, I want to give sincere thanks to everyone who sent prayers, healing vibes and good wishes while I was in the hospital and recovering. I also send A LOT OF LOVE to those special friends who camped out with me during the hospital stay, helped take care of the critters, washed laundry, swept floors, took out the trash, carried the heavy stuff, and brought food. Y’all are incredible, and I count myself extremely fortunate to be your friend. You know, it makes life so much more meaningful…
For Immediate Release
A new fine art and craft market has been announced by long-time artist and event producer, Ellen Ball. Scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, 2014, the Harmony Arts Market ~ Winter Edition will be held in the lobby and Keiser Community Room of the SALT Block’s West Wing.
“For years, I have thought that most people are unaware of the depth of artistic talent in the region,” Ball said. “Now that the economy is moving forward, it is the perfect opportunity to help market all of us by launching Harmony Arts Market at the SALT Block.”
Just in time for the holidays, buyers will find a variety of handcrafted wares from the area’s best artists and craftspeople. The roster includes:
- knives and chain maille by Brock Martin
- glass and mosaic assemblages by Laurie Childres, Sandi and Wayne Bowers
- jewelry by Ellen Ball, Ana Cristina Godoy and Laura Hampel
- paintings by Steve Brooks, Camille Inman, Joe Lafone and Terrell Miller
- sculpture by Harold Humphrey
- pottery by Alison Mackey and Varian Swieter
- mixed media fibers by Beverly Mihelich
- hammocks by Jeffrey Childres
- turned wood by John Inman
- furniture by Jarrett Soles
Dates for the Harmony Arts Market ~ Spring Edition will be announced in early 2015. For more information, visit www.harmonyartscollaborative.com or the Harmony Arts Market ~ Winter Edition Facebook event page.
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Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Brasstown, NC for a week-long enameled jewelry class at John C. Campbell Folk School. Between the learning challenging processes, the lovely grounds, fabulous food and wonderful fellowship, it was an incredible … Continue reading
Just over a week ago, I left my job of two years as manager of Family Care Center Thrift Store. It truly was an incredible experience – one that I will never forget. Shoppers and volunteers became extended family, sharing a lot of compassion, love and even births and deaths. It was a complete pleasure and honor to serve everyone, and I wish all the absolute best.
Now it is time to move on to the next chapter which is moving the studio up to Number One on the Priority List! Classes within an hour of Hickory, in-home parties called Girls’ Night Out, and retail locations are being added almost daily. Please check back often for updates and schedule changes.
I also am very excited to be heading to John C. Campbell Folkschool in Brasstown, NC this fall for another class with California enamelist Steve Artz. It is certain that I will come home excited and full of new ideas to create beautiful jewelry and wall pieces. Look for photos in November.
Everyone have a fabulous week.
fold-formed copper cuffs
Hi everyone. I am very excited to be in the middle of a redesign of Ellen Ball Studios’ website. It will include news/blog, a calendar of classes and shows, a list of retailers, an online store, gallery of work, and more.