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It’s Halloween.  It feels different to me this year.  Our daughter is twelve, in seventh grade.  She is entirely too cool to be dressing up and she is ambivalent about our traditional Halloween gathering at my parents’ house.  (She is not, however, ambivalent about the pumpkin pie.  My mother’s pumpkin pie is divine.)  This is also the first year in a long time that I have not been at school, surrounded by scores of super cute, amped-up, made-up children, navigating fall parties and the subsequent fall-out.  While I miss all the little ones, I can’t say I really miss the sugar-frenzy…  So, Halloween has been a little slower, a little calmer, and I think I like it.

Things are happening in the studio!  In addition to classes with amazing kids and amazing adults, I have been making stuff!  We recently got our kiln all set up, tested, and working.  This was a dream of mine, and one I wasn’t sure would ever come true, but, there you are!  Look at me – I have a kiln!  I am enjoying making tiny little things out of clay.  Tiny things to wear.  Tiny things to carry in your pocket.  An analysis of my fascination with tiny things is forthcoming.  Another day.  Also forthcoming… clay classes in the studio.  You know you want to partake.

Be safe tonight.  Keep your kitties in the house.  Have a beautiful All Hallow’s Eve.


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Summer Is Over…

Our daughter is back to school.  We are trying to get back into that routine.  She is happy to be back with friends, happy with her teachers, unhappy with getting up so early!

It is strange not to be back in the classroom at Maple Grove Elementary!  There is a twinge of bittersweetness.  Is that a word?  Now that summer classes are over here in the studio, I am trying to navigate the ebb and flow of how the school year impacts my schedule.  Finding the right balance between teaching and creating is my current focus.  It’s lovely to spend time on my work.  My own work.  Time to think, develop, experiment.  Delicious.20160830_103059

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So, I did this birthday party this past weekend.  The birthday girl was turning nine and she had three of her best friends come for her party.  These girls were sweet, funny, giggly, excited, creative, eager, and smart.  Just as kids ought to be!  My friend had asked me to come to the party and provide an art experience for them, which I was all too ready to do!  There was much discussion about imagery, fabrics, color, beading, trim, and friendship.  We made purses with painted panels.  They were cute, jazzy, and unique.  I think the girls were pretty happy with the purses.  I know I LOVED them!  But, as is always the way, it seems, not one of those girls would let me keep her work, no matter how much I begged them.  Can you believe that?



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Painting Class for Kids

Summer Art Camp was FABULOUS!!  I had such a good time with all of my talented artists who took part in my first ever ART CAMP.  Those kids were adventurous and creative and willing to try anything I asked them to try.  And the results were wonderful!

Summer Art Camp is over for this year, but I am in the process of adding many one-session classes for the rest of the summer.  Be patient with me, it is quite a learning process!

Next week, I will be holding a class for younger kids where we will be painting flowers.  Big, gigantic, colorful flowers!  I am really excited because it will be colorful, messy, oversized, and creative.  And I love all of those things!  I will also be listing a few more kids’ classes for next week, so keep looking at the CLASSES page!


Here are some photos from Art Camp 2016!

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First Class!

Last night was the first class – Beginning Block Printing – held at Turner House Arts.  It was small but mighty!  I was so happy with the enthusiasm shown by all participants.  And the work was great!  Take a look…






I really loved being in my new space with good folks making art.  I can’t wait for what’s next!

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Welcome to Turner House Arts, LLC!  I’m so very glad you are here!

Turner House Arts is a working and teaching studio in the charming town of Warrensburg, MO.

Turner House Arts offers art classes to both adults and children.  Classes are held here in the studio, as well as off-site.  You can come to me or I will go to you! Please contact me if you are interested in a class for your group or party.

One might find classes at Turner House Arts in bookmaking, jewelry, glass, collage, clay, knitting, sewing, papier mache, painting, and I don’t know what all!  If you have an idea for a class, just ask!

My space is also available to rent for your own classes.  Want to teach yoga?   Music lessons?  Need a place for your book club?  Drop in or contact me and see what I have to offer.