Alphabet Cups / by Emily Schroeder Willis

I got back this week from a month long Artist in Residence position at the University of Montana, Missoula.  There I got a great little studio space with graduate students who were warm, kind and making incredible work!  It was an inspiring time where I got to make a lot of work I normally wouldn't have had the ability to make.  I often don't get long 8 hour stretches in the studio and some pieces I made in Missoula needed to be started and finished the same day due to the delicate nature of their design. 

All of these pieces are currently on display at the Clay Studio in Missoula and available for purchase through their gallery.

All of these pieces are currently on display at the Clay Studio in Missoula and available for purchase through their gallery.

The collection that started it all!

The collection that started it all!

Another "project" I worked on while in Missoula was every morning I drank from a different cup that was in Julia Galloway's cupboard (she was my gracious and generous host!).  It forced me to try a different cup each day, looking and examining it.  Several of the artists I wasn't familiar, others were artists whose work I had always admired. I posted them each morning on Instagram (an image sharing social media platform).  I also decided to post them here, so those of you who don't use Instagram can enjoy this beautiful collection of cups!

 

A is for Andy Brayman

A is for Andy Brayman

B is for Birdie Boone

B is for Birdie Boone

C is for Bernadette Curran

C is for Bernadette Curran

D is for Doug Casebeer

D is for Doug Casebeer

E is for Elizabeth Robinson

E is for Elizabeth Robinson

F is for Forrest Lesch-MIddleton

F is for Forrest Lesch-MIddleton

G is for Andrew Gilliat

G is for Andrew Gilliat

H is for Sarah Heimann

H is for Sarah Heimann

I is for Ingrid Bathe

I is for Ingrid Bathe

J is for Joan Bruneau and James Lobb

J is for Joan Bruneau and James Lobb

K is for Kristen Kieffer

K is for Kristen Kieffer

L is for Lorna Meadon

M is for Meredith Brickell-Knapp

M is for Meredith Brickell-Knapp

N is for Aaron Nelson

N is for Aaron Nelson

O is for Sean O'Connell

O is for Sean O'Connell

P is for Peter Pincus

P is for Peter Pincus

Q is for Liz Quackenbush

Q is for Liz Quackenbush

R is for Rosie Wynkoop

R is for Rosie Wynkoop

S is for Jeffrey Sincich

S is for Jeffrey Sincich

T is for Sandra Torres

T is for Sandra Torres

U is for Ursula Hargins

U is for Ursula Hargins

V is for Victoria Christen

V is for Victoria Christen

W is for Mikey Walsh

W is for Mikey Walsh

X is for an "X" cup made by Fredi Rahn

X is for an "X" cup made by Fredi Rahn

Y is for "You!" (this is a picture of a cup that I made while in Montana)  I hash-tagged everything in this project with #libraryofcups and asked followers to add a picture of their own work photographed by themselves.  Please feel free to add your own work to the cupboard collection.

Y is for "You!" (this is a picture of a cup that I made while in Montana)  I hash-tagged everything in this project with #libraryofcups and asked followers to add a picture of their own work photographed by themselves.  Please feel free to add your own work to the cupboard collection.

Z is for Lilly Zuckerman.  Lilly was also staying with me while I lived at Julia Galloway's home.  As a special favor to me she created this cup just for my Alphabet Cups Project.  Thanks Lilly! I know you don't make cups!

Z is for Lilly Zuckerman.  Lilly was also staying with me while I lived at Julia Galloway's home.  As a special favor to me she created this cup just for my Alphabet Cups Project.  Thanks Lilly! I know you don't make cups!

One of the greatest parts of this project was finding these older cups of Julia Galloway's sprinkled among the wall of cup.  She told me that she kept one piece of her own from each year.  A visual record of her life's work, if you may.  I really LOVED this and thought  this should be shown.  So from left to right you see her most recent work trailing over to some of her first pieces.  It's quite a journey!

One of the greatest parts of this project was finding these older cups of Julia Galloway's sprinkled among the wall of cup.  She told me that she kept one piece of her own from each year.  A visual record of her life's work, if you may.  I really LOVED this and thought  this should be shown.  So from left to right you see her most recent work trailing over to some of her first pieces.  It's quite a journey!

I hope that you enjoy these pieces as much as I did and do!  Maybe you can start your own Alphabet Cup Project with your own collection!?