natalie shelly studio

natalie shelly studio

parallel lines

August 27, 2013

Early morning light + clay lines from the studio this past weekend. Love the correspondence between these two materials and the adaptability of the lines they can form. 

this next step + a drawing studio

August 19, 2013

Humbled, blessed, and excited

These words so well describe our last four months. It began in May when Ian became the Assistant Professor of Art in Ceramics at Western Illinois University. This job is the type we daydreamed about-- wonderful facilities, warm and welcoming faculty, and a space to cultivate a community and way of life through clay. The day he received the job offer remains one of our happiest moments.

Our new town of Macomb, Illinois boasts a large university, yet things here are simple and I love that the town is surrounded by such a beautiful rural landscape. We've joined a CSA garden share that has allowed us the lucky opportunity to pick the majority of our food-- something we had always wanted. We've also enjoyed exploring the surrounding cities and yes, we have happily found the closest Target. After over a month of living in this new home and setting up our new studios we're happy and ready to dig in.

A transition

This next step has offered and afforded us so many new opportunities, ones that we expected to wait much longer for. We still can't believe it all came so soon. We are so thankful.

The one transition that I'm still growing into is my choice not to teach this semester or possibly this year. Adjunct teaching opportunities in the area are limited and I've decided to take time to fully pursue my work in the studio.This is the first time I have not taught at the college level in five years and I feel a great sense of loss. I love teaching, I love working with students, and I love the enthusiastic heart it inspires in me. I will miss it dearly and the students I've had the happy pleasure to work with. I know I can always come back to it and know I will.

I'm nervous and excited to again become active and alive as a maker. The last two years produced a new direction in my work that I look forward to fully exploring and expanding in these coming months. I want to be worthy of this time-- this gift.

Included are a collection of shots from my drawing studio at home and peeks into the works I'm stepping into.

Thanks for taking a moment with me and have a lovely week, 


sneak peek

August 16, 2013

In short, we've moved and started a new adventure. I'll fill you in more on Monday as to the specifics and what it means for Ian and myself. In the mean time, here are a couple shots of what is surrounding me in this new home we've chosen.

Barefoot Gardens CSA bouquet I picked yesterday.
Excavating lines through clay slip paint earlier this month.
Loving the big sky country and clouds West Central Illinois has been offering up.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,


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