|Greeting friends, colleagues and patrons,
Unfortunately I am writing today with some bad news: On Feb 5, the building where I had my studio burned to the ground due to arson. I lost all of my tools and equipment, all of my finished inventory, 15 years of sketchbooks and four months of finished but unfired work.
I am hesitant to ask for help, but have been encouraged to do so by my friends and colleagues. So, if you would like to help me out, here are a few ways to do so.
1. Please consider contributing to the GoFundMe that my fiancé, Kristin, has helped me set up. We are hoping to raise $20,000. I will use this money to finish the small studio I started building on my land last year and also for living expenses as I begin from scratch to build a new body of work. If you would like to contribute to the GoFundMe Campaign, a link is here
I am grateful for contributions in any amount.
2. My gallery in Asheville, Blue Spiral 1, has generously offered to temporarily alter the terms of our agreement in my favor. For the next two months Blue Spiral 1 is donating half of their share of the sales of my work back to me. So if any of the work they have in their inventory appeals to you, purchasing it in the next two months is exceptionally beneficial to me. You can see the work I have there here. I am most grateful for all of the support I have received for my work over the years.
3. I could also really use some physical help. If you live in western North Carolina and would like to donate a day or half day of your time I would really appreciate it. Here is a list of things I need help with: Hanging drywall, eaves, painting and trim for the little studio I have been working on on my land; splitting wood for the kiln; other kiln prep; clay making; carpentry (rebuilding some of the tables and racks that were lost. If you have a little extra time and would like to come help me, please reach out.
4. Please consider sharing with anyone you think might be interested.
(You can find some news articles if you google ‘”french broad school fire.” They do get some details wrong but the overview is correct).
I’ve written a bit about the event on my website
Thanks so much for your continued support. I really appreciate it.