Saturday, August 25, 2012
Lilly Endowment This has been one crazy, wonderful, and challenging summer for me! In February I found out that I had won a Lilly Endowment for teacher creativity renewal. The endowment gave me the opportunity to first travel to the Smoky Mountains of Cherokee, NC, where some of my ancestry originated from. I spent a week staying in a cabin up in the mountains and traveling to various sites and meeting area potters. My main focus was to learn as much as possible about the Cherokee pit fired pottery methods. After returning home my family and I dug a fire pit so that I could begin experimenting with my own pit fire pottery. I also plan to teach pit firing to my students. But it is now the end of August, and we have been under a no burn order since June, so I have not been able to even try out the fire pit. I am hoping that we will have enough rain by October but one never knows.