Sometimes “loosening up” brings “unfortunate” results. It brings growth & development through the unexpected.
From Taos Clay Facebook Page:
“Our Lead Resident Artist & Program Director, Ashley Gauntt is kicking a$$ for this year’s Annual Pint Night. Here are images of her finished & in progress pieces to date in anticipation for the big event! She’ll have over 30 cups to choose from for the Pint selection, not including her silent auction piece...that one is a surprise 😉
If you’re a Taos Local, stay tuned to hear from both Taos Clay Residents on KNCE radio on Monday, February 5th at 8:20am!
Stay tuned for more Pint Night Previews from our second Resident Artist, Maria Spiess, Taos Clay Members and our Silent Auction Artists. With just over a week leading up to the event, the excitement is building everyday. Maria & Ash registered for NCECA Sunday morning, so it’s officially pedal to the metal...we’re going to NCECA!!
Thank you all for your continued support and sharing our ads & event page with your friends, family, & groups 😘 Keep up the great work! We hope to see you February 7th! Cheers mates!”
What do you hold inside? Careful what you reach in for. It just might toxic. Though it might also be just what you're looking outside for.
New jars in the making. Amongst other things. Stay tuned. I just may have come out of hiding...
Outside of the studio I’ve enjoyed a new project that has helped me decompress. Painting a friends longboard for fun that has inspired me to want to make them out of clay...to scale, with all the parts as well. Just getting started with this one. sides are ready to go, then its the reverse side. It’s going to be crazy rewarding to see it finished. It reminds me of another idea Ive had for the last several years: a collaborative with other artists from tattoo artists to street/graffiti artists. Their work on mine. Ironically since I’ve been on Instagram, I’ve notice a lot of those types of artists have found me here. Let’s see what happens shall we. :-)
originally written on instagram October 14th, 2017
Yo! Sorry I havent posted much, communicated much,...I’ve definitely picked my nose much tho...just sayin. Anyway, besides the nose pickin, for those of you who know me well, Im a workaholic even when I ”take time off” like I had over the past year before moving to NM To be back with the fam. Since my Arrival to Taos Clay Studios August 1st, Ive taken 2 days off. One, to go to Santa Fe for a day to run errands plus visit the International Museum of Folk Art, and two, to start moving into my new place that I FINALLY got last week. Yes thats right, 2 months later. I signed up to be the Lead Resident Artist plus the Program Director here at Taos Clay Studios which but little did I know how much work needed to be done between new changes & updates to programs. I started with the Gallery & Supply Store, then the Studios & kiln yard, then biz restructuring with Department Coordinators. One month later I officially got settled into my studio alongside my studio mate & second resident artist, Maria Spiess, and brought back our various programs & classes. We’ve made a lot of progress. The studio environment, I’m told, feels tremendously better. Though its been stressful, especially the first month, it blows my mind that I have interns. Regardless of the adjustments & stress, its so far been a move that has welcomed things Ive been working towards & hoping for during the last 11 years of my career: interns, my own studio assistant, running a studio & gallery...it may not be my biz but I’ll admit ive thought about it being so And I run it like it is...like mom & dad always said, drive it like you stole It. Things happen for a reason. To inspire you to keep going. Stay tuned, the story’s not over yet. Cheers! Miss ALL of you and in case I havent told you this before, I dont just do what I do for me or because its my passion,...i especially dont do it for the $, I do it for my fam, my bros & sis’s, my nieces & cousins, and all of you who have made the most mind blowing choice to adopt me into your life in some way. Live by example. Inspire those around you...might as well make it good. I love you. Thank you!
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Dear loves, I need your help, however you can. If you haven’t heard, I have been awarded Lead Resident Artist, and Studio & Gallery Manager at Taos Clay Studios, Taos, NM beginning in August. I need as much help as I can get with this move.
Here’s a few ideas I currently have on how you can help:
-Good vibes, love, prayers, blessings, hugs, smoochers, love notes, x’s & o’s, emoji’s I probably won’t be able to interpret; whatever you want to call it, as long as it’s good, is always greatly appreciated. Please & thank you!!
-Recommendations for stops & or places to checkout between FL & NM
-Any insights/tid bits/fun facts about Taos and or NM
-Donations are graciously accepted here on our website now, via Paypal. We have several options to choose from. http://mynameismudd.weebly.com/shop-art.html
-Shop from our Etsy Shop, now featuring:
-Limited Time Series
-Installations…remember that cabinet with the cups in it…mm hm! Just sayin!
-Cups sorted by volume
-Pendants sorted by size
-New planters added.
-Wall Tiles are back! (Installation Section)
-10% off for all new customers, contact me for the coupon code
-20% off for all returning customers, contact me for the coupon code
-All customers receive a complimentary Thank You discount coupon after their purchase, for their next purchase
-FedEx shipping upgrades for all orders are now available, including International shipping
-Please read the item descriptions & feel free to contact me with any questions
Our Etsy Shop will remain open throughout the move, so we’ve updated our processing time to 3-4 business days during this time. Your patience & support are greatly appreciated.
We’re going to see big shifts in Mudd’s work through new projects that we’re implementing, which means our Etsy Shop will soon undergo another transformation; only featuring a select few of items including new Pendants/Jewelry, Limited Series, & Custom Orders will permanently remain. Condensation of our Etsy Shop begins September 1st. Order now! https://www.etsy.com/shop/MyNameIsMuddbyAsh
We will also be launching a Patreon campaign in the very near future, which features a whole new realm of Mudd and other projects (and services) to be incorporated into it, including calls for collaboration with you!
Speaking of services, check out our new Services here on our website! http://mynameismudd.weebly.com/services.html
And, in case you missed our last update, we’ve been published by the Arts Business Institute with an interview & profile last Friday. Check it out! http://www.artsbusinessinstitute.org/…/artist-profile-ashl…/
Thank you all for the ongoing support! As always, please feel free to share with friends, family, your fans, and anyone you think may be interested in our commUnity!
So, let’s do this!
Cheers to new beginnings! And that the anxiety of this move subsides! May my jowls flap in the wind....ew lol
Thanks for joining me along this journey.
So much to say...not sure where to start. So many new beginnings happening simultaneously.
This is my niece, Elizabeth Grace. First day on the job & the nurse granted her as an over-achiever. We had our first argument that day as I held her for the first time, until I asked if she was pooping, and she smiled. That's my girl.
Dear Lizzy, Thanks for being here. Thanks for choosing us to be your family. You, my love, have inspired so much gratitude within me; for you, for myself, for our family, and that I'm no longer scared to admit I've always wanted to begin a family of my own someday. I hope to inspire you in return; to be true to yourself no matter how scary it may feel or who you may disappoint along the way or how many times you may "fail" only to realize that you're always succeeding. I look forward to watching you grow, and you teaching us to do the same. As I set out for the next adventure of my journey in the coming weeks, I will do my best to show you & the fam how much separation is an illusion...with love. It's not easy moving away from family again. But it feels so good for them to be proud of you, for you to be proud of yourself... no matter how scary it can get.
Just before we welcome my niece into our world, I was awarded Artist in Residence at Taos Clay Studios, Taos, NM for a One-Year Residency, possibly longer. After 12 residency applications in less than the first 6 months of this year, nailed it. Don't give up on yourself. Everything you want, starts with you. Be willing to take action & positive self-talk no matter how well you can talk yourself out of it!
More updates! Had an interview with the lovely Carolyn from Artsy Shark & the Arts Business Institute this week. Check it out! Here's the link: http://www.artsbusinessinstitute.org/…/artist-profile-ashl…/
Thanks again Carolyn! Thank you everyone for your ongoing support!
Something about myself...