April 22, 2008
Hello blog readers!
It has been a special treat to be able to walk out my doors and work "in" my studio on my side porch. What's been most important to me is to get settled back at home and in my community―physically living there―and to continue working with others on its redevelopment. It's taken some steps of progress since the last two years and will continue to.
There has still been a lot of attention on the house since its publicity on TOH, which continues to bring people into the neighborhood and give it the attention it needs. We have a lot of redevelopments, new developments, and historic landmarks already in place.
I'm beginning classes at my home on my huge side porch on Monday afternoons to get the creative clay energy moving. I met with students from University of Minnesota about my side lot and its needs for a rain garden to absorb the flooding water―at least 1-2 feet during long rains. (I'm on high ground by the river so the water wants to go down towards the yard away from the levee and just sits there until it soaks in the ground.) A rain garden is a system of sand, rocks, mulch, and plants that enjoy an abundance of water, which enables large quantities of water to soak into the ground.