I live in Denver, CO but am a MFA student at Ft. Hays State University in Hays, KS. Most of the time I live my life here in Denver and do my school work out of my home studio, but sometimes I need to go to Hays for school. This week we are having a workshop with Beth Cavener Stichter in Hays, which should be a really great experience, except that classes just started at the community college where I work, and my kids are busy with their school, and my daughter is sick, and I'm right in the middle of a ceramic project for a show that opens in three weeks, and I'm swamped with homework, and, and, and.
Now, don't get me wrong. I feel really privileged to be able to learn from this amazing artists and I know that I always enjoy the time that I spend in Hays, but I'm really feeling stressed about leaving right now. I guess that's just part of juggling a career (burgeoning one, at least) and a family. I really enjoy what I'm doing and feel incredibly blessed to be doing what it, yet, at the same time, it does come with it's own challenges. I had a nice, long conversation with a former pottery instructor last week and she pointed out that my MFA experience may not be the experience of a typical MFA student, but it will be my own experience. I will learn so much about both art and myself during these next few years and that will make all the hard work and sacrifice worthwhile in the end.
So, I'm off to learn some new techniques and spend time with my fellow graduate students this week. I'll let you all know how the workshop went once I get back and I hope you all have a great week!