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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Where to find me

Hi. My name is Meagan and I am a terrible blogger. 

Let's face it. I have an (almost) 2 year old and an (almost) 4 year old. Most days I feel accomplished if I've brushed my teach and we all manage to get our shoes on the right feet. 

I'm still slowly making art. And like many, many other people out there, striving for that work-life balance. It will continue to be an lifelong, ongoing effort. Changing, altering, juggling as we go through the transitions from toddler, preschooler, kinder-gardener, school age, teenager, and beyond...

So, at this point, I'm finding that the quick, short blurbs and easily posted photos of Facebook and Instagram fit better into our life. I make it over to Pinterest for source inspiration and reference information every now and then too. If you're interested (or even a bit curious) you can follow me over there. 

facebook.com/MeaganChaneyGumpert

instagram.com/meaganchaneygumpert

pinterest.com/meagancgumpert/

Cheers! Thanks for following along on this crazy ride!

Meagan

Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Tamara Dillon commented on 23-Aug-2014 02:50 PM
Keep up the beautiful work!
Meagan Chaney Gumpert commented on 01-Sep-2014 01:16 PM
Thanks Tamara!
Cathy commented on 12-Nov-2014 01:31 PM
Meagan,
I love the rhythm and movement in your work. It is an inspiration to me as I too try to balance work and art.
Can you tell me how you hang the pieces of your wall sculpture?
Meagan Chaney Gumpert commented on 17-Nov-2014 02:34 PM
Hi Cathy,

Thanks for your comment.

Most of my wall pieces are hollow, slab build forms. The back of the piece has holes in the slab to accommodate a screw/nail that is in the wall. Nothing fancy, really. Hope that helps!

Best of luck to you on your work-life balance adventure!
Meagan
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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Son of Sedonia - An adventure for those who dare to dream

I have a few confessions to make. I do not read as much as I used to. As the mother of two small children, there is not a lot of leisure time. In recent years, most of the books on my bedside table have involved baby poop, sleep training, or breastfeeding. Science fiction is not my genre. But when your younger brother writes, illustrates and publishes a book, reading it becomes a priority. Finding the time to read it wasn't a problem once I started. I blew through the 300 page book in 4 days! I could not put it down! Seriously!

My other confession - I was nervous about reading it. What if I didn't like it? What if I didn't think it was any good? What would I tell him?  My fears were quickly put to rest after reading just the prologue. This was going to be a great, well-written story!

And after all Ben's hard work, Son of Sedonia is now available on Kindle and in paperback through Amazon.

 

The book is best described as Blade Runner + City of Dawn + Black Hawk Down. A full summary and more author info are available on the website www.SonofSedonia.com

Ben has graciously provided a Son of Sedonia Free Preview Download too. You know, if you're the type who likes to check something out before making a commitment to buy. (Note: Apparently they're still working out some kinks with the download. It seems to be working better on Google Chrome or Internet Explorer. And you'll need to have a plug in for ePub or Mobi Kindle Fire.)

I was blown away by the story, yes. But not only the is the story itself amazing, but so is the journey of how the story came to be. It began in June of 2006. Here's how Ben tells it...

It started with an illustration. Thumbing through a coffee table book of Steve McCurry photo portraits, I came across the image of a young Mali boy. There was something especially arresting about him, so I started sketching. A few iterations later, the fiction started coming together in my head. A young boy growing up in the slums outside a futuristic megacity. It should feel like National Geographic were exploring and reporting on a real place 70-80 years in our future.

 

What started as a digital painting portfolio piece turned into a 6 year long obsession. And my first novel.
 

[Fast forward to June of 2012.] I had what some would consider a dream job. Art Director at an iPhone game developer. The people were great, the money was great, but the work... After 5 years in the game industry, clawing tooth and nail to become a professional artist, I had finally made it. Only it felt like someone else's dream. And the story was ever on my mind, filling my nights at home. The moment came to make a decision, and I did the crazy thing. I quit. I quit to see what the Best-I-Can-Do looks like. It has resulted in one of the happiest periods of my life.

Well, Ben, the Best-You-Can-Do is pretty freaking amazing!! And this is just your first novel! I could not be more proud of you! You are an inspiration!

So, Readers out there, I hope you'll click on over to Amazon and order your copy of Son of Sedonia today. You will not be disappointed.

Happy Reading!

PS - Read it? Liked it? You can help by spreading the word. Like the Son of Sedonia facebook page, pass the novel along, and share the links.  

Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Our New Addition


I'm happy to announce that Fletcher Elliot was born Thursday, September 6 at 9:23 am weighing 6lbs 11oz and 20" long. We had another wonderful, natural birth. Hooray!
 We are all doing well and are settling into life as a family of four. Even Big Brother Cooper
Cheers!
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Newest Wall Sculptures - Spring 2012

Is tomorrow really, June 1st? Where does the time go?

In late March I was contacted by Harris Warren Gallery in Wake Forest, NC and arrangements were quickly made for a June exhibition. Well, here we are - Goodbye Spring. Hello Summer. It's been a whirlwind, but I'm proud to say that I completed 4 new wall sculptures for my show "Variegated Disposition" opening next Friday, June 8, 2012.


Anthocyanin, earthenware, 27” x 38” x2", May 2012
Continuation, earthenware, 31" x 35" x 2", May 2012

Dissipate, earthenware, 30" x 12" x 2", May 2012
Provide, earthenware and cast glass, 27" x 15" x 2", May 2012

 In addition to these, I'll also have 4 other works on exhibit. If you're in the area, please stop by.

Oh yeah, and there's one other work in progress...
 Baby #2 (aka "Peanut") is due in September.

What an exciting Spring it's been indeed! Now onto surviving the hot Summer months of Florida!

Cheers!
Meagan 
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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Ben Chaney - Concept Artist

Ben Chaney - Concept Artist

Let me just take a minute here and brag about my little brother - the awesome concept artist. Yep! That's a self-portrait he did of himself as a pirate. He has a sense of humor and amazing talent.
Here's what he has to say...

"I started like so many others in this field did, growing up on three main activities: watching TV, playing video games, and drawing. Fortune blessed me with parents that tolerated the first two, and relentlessly encouraged the last one. They even went so far as to send me to the Savannah College of Art and Design for a degree in Sequential Art.
I graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2006 and then gradually made my way into the game industry, starting in Game Testing. Being a North Carolina resident at the time, I had many amazing companies to strive for nearby. My experiences at Redstorm Entertainment and Epic Games were unforgettable and invaluable, demystifying the seemingly magical process of game development. Gone forever were the illusions of "tightening up the graphics". I currently work as a Game Artist at Schell Games in Pittsburgh, PA, creating anything from concept illustrations of characters to volumes of user interface designs and assets. In such a flexible company, I've had to adapt to new challenges and adopt new skill sets on every project. It has been and continues to be an incredible experience!" -Ben Chaney

Here are a few images from his portfolio. (Yes, I am one very proud Big Sister!)

Environments - Characters -
Textures -
Personal Work -

Holy Smokes! His work blows my mind!

It's true. We were blessed with parents that completely supported our artistic pursuits. And we both know how luck we are because of this. (Thanks Mom and Dad!)

Ben loves his current job, but is looking to move away from the icebox of a place he's been calling home (aka Pittsburgh, PA). He's hoping to settle in with a great company somewhere warm; possibly even in North Carolina and closer to family.

So, if you or someone you know is looking for a creative, dedicated concept artist, look no further. Ben's your man.

You can check out more of Ben's work at http://chaneyfolio.blogspot.com/
Or shoot him an email: benjaminachaney@gmail.com

Cheers!
Meagan (aka Big Sis)
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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Back Home

Whew! NCECA was great but we sure are all tuckered out..

Got some great ideas from lectures and panel presentations. Especially the demo with Deborah Schwartzkopf and Brian Kakas and the Emerging Artist talks Saturday morning.
Cant wait to get back into the studio to experiment with some new forms and surfaces!
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Friday, March 25, 2011

NCECA and The Sunshine State

Lately, there are three reasons why I'm glad I live in Florida:

1.) It's been warm, sunny, and gorgeous since mid-February (think blue skies, azaleas, camellias, jasmine, Japanese magnolias, etc)

2.) No state income tax (and April 18 is quickly approaching)

3.) The Sunshine State is hosting its first NCECA Conference (National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts) and I'm going to be one of the 5000+ ceramic people descending on Tampa/St Petersburg next week!

Tampa/St. Pete is just 1.5 hours from us and where my sister-in-law calls home, so we'll be able to stay with family. That's right. I'll have Cooper in tow. (Thank you ergo baby carrier!) My Little Man is just 5 months old, so it would be tough to travel far for a conference. And even tougher to leave him at home for 4 days. (That's a lot of milk to pump!)

I am definitely looking forward to seeing folks and talking clay, cones, and kilns again! That part of my brain feels a bit rusty after of months of conversations that focus on diaper changes and spit up.

As a Florida resident and UF Alum, I do wish I would have been able to take advantage of more of the NCECA exhibition opportunities that came my way. But I had to make my peace with that back when I was pregnant and deciding on maternity leave. I know Cooper isn't built of clay, glass, or steel, but I still believe he's the best thing I've ever made!

So, come on down to The Sunshine State! We hope to see you at NCECA next week.

Cheers!
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thoughts on Time and Transition

Here we are. The end of March 2011. The past year has been a blur of inspiration, excitement, and change.

I finished a post-baccalaureate ceramics program at The University of Florida, went to my first NCECA conference in Philadelphia, spent a month in Montana as a resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula, taught a workshop at Arrowmont, took a class with Michael Sherrill at Penland, oh, and had a baby!!

(Ceramic Wall Mosaic at Penland School of Crafts)

My head is spinning! I feel like I have hardly had a moment to process some of the ideas that started forming last March. March of 2010.

I still have boxes of work from traveling and teaching I haven’t even unpacked. (And if you know me, that totally goes against my ultra-organized way of life. Those packed boxes are driving me crazy!)

(Test tiles I made while at The Clay Studio of Missoula that are still waiting to be unpacked!)

The bottom line is that my experiences from the past 365+ days have me itching to make some changes in my work.

What changes? I’m not exactly sure yet. Do I switch to cone 6? Try a new clay body – porcelain or white earthenware? What new, exciting glaze recipes can I find? Do I continue to make wall sculpture? Slabs or extruded forms? How can I incorporate more cast glass? Oh, oh, and that mold making, resin-casting technique John Byrd demoed at Penland still has me thinking.

I imagine the changes I make will be gradual. As a new mother, the world I lived in for 30 years is now different. My perspective and experiences are forever altered. Even time has new meaning.

So, as I slowly sort through these ideas, I also wonder what I will be thinking next Spring as I watch the azaleas bloom, Cooper toddling alongside.

(Photo by my wonderful father-in-law during Cooper's first beach trip.)
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Monday, March 14, 2011

The 30-Minute Challenge

The Challenge, should you choose to accept it – set a timer for 30 minutes and GET TO WORK!

Focus. Forget Facebook. Ignore email. Avoid the dishes and laundry. You will be surprised just how much you can get done when you get to doin’ it!

This is how my days go. Cooper (aka our 5-month old Cat-Nap-King) is content to sleep for 30 minutes 3-5 times a day. I used to think that a 30-minute blurp of time was hardly worth going out to the studio. Now, not-so-much. Those 1800 seconds are precious, precious time!

So, give it a try. Maybe you have kids and have experienced the child enforced 30-minute Challenge first hand. Or maybe you just need that extra little boost to get things going.

I’d love to hear about what you were able to accomplish in half an hour.

Is your timer going?

Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Thank you Summer

No, not the season. (Though many of you in the cold, snowy North may be desperately looking forward to warmer weather.)

I'm talking about my Summer Best View video monitor. (Don't worry, I'm not going to turn all mommy-blog on you either.) Thanks to you and two 30-minute naps today I was able to finish up some work and get the kiln loaded.

You read that right! My kiln is firing. When I went to write the details down in my kiln log, I could hardly believe the last time I fired was October - just 8 days before Cooper was born!

That monitor truly is amazing! Firing the kiln again feels like such a huge accomplishment. And I must say, I am proud of myself!

Cheers!
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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