Jeremiah Jacobs 2019
The residency was nothing short of amazing! It had started the day after the 2019 Glass Art Society Conference which was held here in St. Petersburg. 2019 GAS was the first glass conference I had been too and I was even invited to be part of a collaborative demo at DMG which was very successful. The excitement of the conference gave us a tremendous amount of energy as we started the residency, filling our heads with endless possibilities and potential.
The residency was a tremendous growth opportunity, and grow we did! We were able to attempt things we had been unsure were possible. Some pieces took four days to prep and eight people to assemble. With great risk can come great reward (that was the thinking anyway). Personally, I experienced a significant amount of loss which I think is directly tied to an equal amount of personal growth, and thus the basis of the entire premise of the residency was achieved!
It would be impossible for me to say enough great things about Duncan McClellen and the DMG Hot Shop and team. My experience with this organization has changed my life! I arrived at DMG a production potter willing to pull weeds just to learn. Now seven years later, I enjoy a career as a full time glass artist. I literally could not have done it without DMG!