The highest peak east of the Mississippi

Image of Jim and Dori Settles standing at the sign on top of Mount Mitchell

Photo of Jim and Dori Settles' shadows over Mount Mitchell Medallion


Although most of our time in North Carolina was spent working on the yard, we were able to sneak in a whole day of enjoying the mountains. We took the Blue Ridge over to Mount Mitchell State Park, and since we forgot our walking sticks, I chose the kiddie trail. There was still ice on the trail, and being short, there were a few tricky spots for me to navigate.

From there, we drove to Weaverville, and popped into a few of their art galleries, and rounded out the afternoon with a Mountain Eclair!

Panoramic view from the top of Mount Mitchell, North Carolina
The view looking east. On all 4 sides, they have a photo that identifies all of the mountains you can see. Look how BLUE that sky is!
photo of partially eaten Mountain Eclair
Mountain Eclair from Well Bred Bakery

Before we left for North Carolina, Jim was working on an infinity table. He decided it wasn’t quite perfect to put a table top on, and turned it into an art piece. Although I think metal art makes wonderful yard art, Jim was insistent it go in the gallery. I think he’ll need to make more for the yard 🙂

I had an aha! that Jim was able to execute for me. Rick and Val left behind a lot of cut off pieces from his glass sculptures, and there are drain tubes running down the mountain, so I thought why not make a nice waterfall with all of the colorful glass. It worked so well, Jim made a second one where there were more drain tubes.

In case you were wondering what I’ve been working on… after getting back home, I set out to attempt to cast shoes.  This is the first one I tried, it’s not as easy as I had hoped, and I’ll try a couple different styles to figure out the best process.

  • For this child’s loafer, I created a clay ankle/foot to fill in the shoe.
  • Then I mounted the shoe to a piece of vinyl so the plaster wouldn’t run under the sole.
  • After the plaster was set, I pulled the shoe out of the mold. It wasn’t easy – in fact, I learned that soles are VERY thick, VERY hard material. I ended up using metal shears to cut it so I could grab it and pull it out!
  • Then I filled in the glass and fired it in the kiln.

I still need to do the final clean up, here it is:

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