The Carolina Clay Artists! What a wonderful group of fellow clay lovers!

Alice Ballard's studio, Greenville, SC

Alice Ballard's studio, Greenville, SC

Thank you for coming to visit me today! It was a great pleasure meeting each and every one of you.  I loved your enthusiasm and your wonderful, informed questions. Best of all, I could just feel the creative energy churning! Do keep in touch and I hope to see you in the spring for my 1st annual spring studio sale. Thanks for the encouragement and your thoughtful gift! 

 

Hope to see some of you at Arrowmont in August of 2015 for "Finding Your Form Through Nature"

Alice Ballard, Leaf and Pod, white earthenware and terra sigillata

Alice Ballard, Leaf and Pod, white earthenware and terra sigillata


Dear Alice Ballard,  


It is winter in the Smokies, but here at Arrowmont we are already anticipating spring and the coming workshop season. Talented and experienced instructors have designed exciting workshops, housing and studios are ready, and meals are being planned. The missing ingredient is you.  


We are eagerly awaiting the 2015 workshop season and the return of students-experienced and newcomers. The campus comes alive as we greet old friends and make new ones.


Only 10 days before Early Registration ends February 1, 2015!

Register now and save the $50 registration fee.


Workshops are filling fast and some are already close to full. Make sure you get the workshop and instructor you want by registering now. Call 865.436.5860 or go online to www.arrowmont.org.  Course descriptions, registration forms and the catalog are online.




The latest news from Lake Wylie...

While my son Ryan was in Istanbul on business for a week, I thought I might try to help my daughter-in-law Jen with the Lily, Charlie and 2 four legged kids, Oden and Lexi. I don't know how much help I was but I sure had the time of my life!  

Jen - thanks for letting me join in the fun, noise, energy, and excitement!  

The highlights follow....

A special surprise for Daddy!

A special surprise for Daddy!

Guess who can ride her bike without the training wheels?

Guess who can ride her bike without the training wheels?

Guess who else wanted to show off?  Notice the bare feet...it was in the 30's.....Hope they let me come back to babysit. 

Guess who else wanted to show off?  Notice the bare feet...it was in the 30's.....Hope they let me come back to babysit. 

Meeting the school bus with Lily on it was a huge deal and such fun!  I loved every single minute of my time in Lake Wylie!   Welcome home Ryan!  love, Mom

Meeting the school bus with Lily on it was a huge deal and such fun!  I loved every single minute of my time in Lake Wylie!  

Welcome home Ryan!  love, Mom

The newest member of the family, Lexi!

The newest member of the family, Lexi!

Life is a spiral...

The day after Christmas always feels like the real beginning of a new year for me. It is also a day that I pause to remember the past year, all those other Christmases, each with it's own unique and special memories. So today I am enjoying sweet thoughts of yesterday's Christmas day with my son Ryan, daughter-in-law Jen, granddaughter Lily, grandson Charlie, my husband Roger and all the pooches - Jaz, Rosie, Oden & newcomer Lexi!  Thank you each and every one for making the day one we can all remember with a smile on our faces as we recall at least one really special, often small happening, that we will remember next year when we look back on past Christmases... I love each of you deeply and completely. Alice, Mom and Mimi

Inspired by a tiny moon shell.... an element of my floor installation "A Walk Remembered..."

Inspired by a tiny moon shell.... an element of my floor installation "A Walk Remembered..."