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David Heustess

I spent the bulk of my time from age 16 to 32 as a modern dancer. I performed with regional choreographers in North Carolina, staged my own work at times, performed lots of repertory work by Charles Weidman and Doris Humphrys as well as creating original roles in Dances by Mary Ann Mee and Katharyn Holt. In 1988 I moved to Nashville to dance with Donna Rizzo and Andrew Krichels of Tenessee Dance Theater. In 1992 i realized i might better go finish a degree and clay was my new found passion. I enrolled and made plans to move to the Appalachian Center for Crafts. Located along the river outside of Cookeville TN it is an idyllic setting of studio spaces, admin building, gallery/gift shop and housing on 40 acres of wooded property. When leaving your studio at 3:00 in the morning you’d see the deer grazing along the lawns. I had of course come there to study clay because I wanted to be a potter. I didn’t know i had to have a second studio concentration and after looking around i settled n the the work by the fiber instructor, Bethanne Knudson. The dream like imagery of her woven work were unlike anything I’d ever seen and the thought crossed my mind that I wanted to learn to do that as well. So i spent most of three years diving my time between the fiber studios and the clay studios. if i was waiting for a salt kiln to reach temperature I would be warping a loom. There was a lot of choices to be made in both mediums and I made the most of any opportunity. I had an idea that maybe

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