Marshall Maude Free Demo

Coconino Community College is hosting Marshall Maude's artist demonstration Friday, November 3, 2017 on its Lone Tree Campus, Room #534. Lunch will be provided by CCC Clay Club.

Marshall Maude is a ceramic artist and Associate Professor of Ceramics at the University of Kansas. Marshall has designed, built, and fired wood kilns around the world. He has exhibited his work in solo and group shows nationally and in China, Denmark, Korea, and New Zealand. In 2013, Marshall was an artist-in-residence at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen, China, and in 2014, at Guldagergaard – International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark.

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Magda Gluszek Free Demo

I'm so excited to have been working with Magda Gluszek and Yavapai College Verde Art Gallery where we will be hosting a FREE ceramic artist demonstration on Friday, October 20, 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Come join Magda Gluszek in the gallery where she will be demoing her approach to building solid figures in clay. Gluszek will be sharing her methods for creating expressive details such as hands, feet, and eyes. Again this event is FREE and open to the public an Opening Reception of her show Insides Out will follow that evening. Please share and help spread the word.

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Reitz Ranch Center for Ceramic Arts

It's been a little over 3 years since Don Reitz passed away and left behind his wonderful studio out in Sycamore Canyon in Clarkdale, AZ. I spent over 4 years growing up out in the desert. It seems just like yesterday I was waking up to the cows and horses brushing up against my trailer, however, time has passed and there is a start of something new. Don often spoke, in his remain years, of what the property could be. He talked of having artists from all disciplines come and use the property to further their creative energy. 


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Wednesday, September 20-Final Post

We thought you might like to hear the conclusion to Leo's grand adventure. Since our last post, Kami, Leo and I have transitioned from Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix to home in Cottonwood. Our little guy was released by his doctors on Monday the 18th and his happy parents were finally able to take him home.

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Wednesday, September 13

Leo continues to be well. His chest tube was removed this morning and he was a brave little trooper. No pain meds were needed as he thought several drops of sucrose were good enough to deal with the discomfort. Except for the PICC line which will come out soon, he is now one unfettered kiddo. 

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Monday, September 11 (Part 4-last one!)

As the day came to a close, Ben and Kami were finally allowed to see their little guy in the CVICU (cardiovascular intensive care unit). It was difficult to see Leo back on a ventilator. However, it was explained to us that this was necessary to prevent an undue burden on his repaired artery. With any luck, Leo will be weaned off the ventilator overnight or tomorrow.

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Monday, September 11 (Part 3)

After a long four hours, one of Leo's nurses just came out into the waiting room say the little guy's surgery was a success. Ben and Kami will have to wait another hour before they are able to see him, but we are relieved that he is doing okay. 

As his recovery progresses today, we will keep you posted. Thanks for all of the love and well wishes you have directed our Arizona way!!!

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Monday, September 11 (Part 2)

At 1:05pm (AZ time), a very calm Leo was wheeled out of NICU and rolled toward the 4th floor in preparation for his heart surgery. His parents and wonderful NICU nurse, Noelle, accompanied our little guy on his journey at PCH. 

We will wait for news on the Cardiac Unit's 5th floor waiting room. More to come...

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Sunday, September 10

Leo is doing well and has had many visitors today. We thought you might enjoy a sampling of pictures from these lovely visits! Leo is one popular little dude.

P.S. Thanks to Aunt Krissy for delivering munchies and organizing her friends and our family with the "Roti food train."

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Saturday, September 9

We are happy to report that Leo has had an uneventful day today. He continues to rest up for the big event on Monday. 

Many friends and family have been asking about the specifics of Leo's surgery. Here are a few details the cardiac surgeons have shared with us. 

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Friday, September 8

Today was one filled with blessings. To begin, our family finally heard the words we have been waiting for during the past two weeks; Leo's coarctation surgery has been scheduled! 

The big day will be this Monday, September 11. While any emergencies over the weekend could preempt Leo's place in line, we hope his surgery will take place on that morning as planned. 

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Thursday, September 7

Today was a relatively unremarkable day in the NICU for Leo. He ate, gazed up at whomever held him, and slept. In typical infant-like fashion, this pattern was repeated all day long. 

The only odd part of the day occurred late this afternoon. As usual, Leo was unhappy during the hot-packing of his right leg (necessary to help decrease the previous swelling and irritation from the PICC line). He began to cry and then really pitched a fit.

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Wednesday, September 6

Terrific news!!! Leo transitioned to room air this morning. This means he is no longer attached to a ventilator, CPAP, or supplemental oxygen source. 

Add to that, the youngest member of the Roti family is now allowed to eat like every other infant via mom or bottle. This is an exciting step in Leo's road to successful surgery and recovery.

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Monday, September 4

We are reminded that patience is a virtue as we continue our vigil with Leo. Our little guy remains in stable condition and the cardiologist assures us that the coarctation surgery will eventually happen. Of course, our question is...when? With any luck, we may hear some news tomorrow regarding scheduling. 

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Friday, September 1

As the saying goes, no news is good news. Today was one of the first since we arrived a week ago that did not include any new tests, procedures, or needle sticks for our little guy. Leo was able to enjoy the loving embrace of his parents as well as several of his grandparents throughout the course of the day. What a pleasure it has been to hold our tiny munchkin once again! 

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PICC Line Update

Around 10pm last night, a specialized IV team here at PCH inserted a PICC line into Leo's right leg. This central catheter was sent up his leg and through the major vein to his heart. The end of the catheter rests near the entrance to his heart and rapidly delivers medication and fluids as needed. 

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Thursday, August 31

Our good news continues today. After a restless night, Leo settled down this morning and the respiratory team decided to wean him fully off the ventilator. At 3pm, our little guy had the endotracheal tube removed and cried out loud for the first time in four days. His hoarse little squeak was beautiful music to our ears.

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