Friday, July 28, 2006

Peter's Valley

Last summer Alison and I randomly received a scholarship to the same course at Peter’s Valley in New Jersey. The course was titled “The Table – an elevated twig surface” taught by Clifton Monteith. We figured what the heck, it was mostly free and could be cool, so we went. Not only did we learn about willow furniture, but we also received first hand instruction in traditional Japanese lacquer techniques and got wise to some very exciting ideas. Clifton told us a lot about his son Matthew (not me) who had done some travel photography in high-school and was able to score a Fulbright from his pictures. After hearing this Alison and I looked at each other and said, “We’ve got to do some cool shit.” And that is how this whole journey began.