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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Wednesday, August 30

Slow...but sure. 
That would describe our day with Leo today. His numbers continue to improve; blood pressure, oxygen saturation, respiratory and heart rates were being carefully monitored as medications were gradually weaned off and/or added back as needed. At this point, the epinephrine has been discontinued (although they have had to continue the prostaglandins in order to keep the PDA open and maintain equal blood pressures between upper and lower extremities). Add to that, the latest blood culture has shown no new bacterial growth. These are both good things!

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Tuesday, August 29 pm

Leo's adventures continue today. We learned that he has developed a staph infection which has to be treated. This latest bump in the road will delay his ability to receive a PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) line. This type of catheter will be beneficial in avoiding the placement of many peripheral IV lines in his arms and legs. However, we will have to wait 48 hours after a negative blood culture in order to proceed with the PICC line.

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Leo Roti - The Beginning

On August 23, 2017, Leo Randall Roti was born at Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood, AZ. This 8#5oz. beautiful baby boy seemed to be doing well except for some slightly rapid breathing and not quite pink feet. At Leo's 24 hour well-baby check, the hospital staff determined that there might be an issue with Leo's heart. 

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Material Impulse: Opening Night

I had such a lovely weekend with the 4 other Arizona artists! Thank you to GVG Contemporary for hosting our work. Be sure to stop by and check out the exhibition if you are in Santa Fe. The show will be up for another three weeks. Here are a few photos from the opening reception and the artist roundtable discussion hosted by Robert Siracusa of ARC Contemporary. I look forward to many more great shows coming up in the future!

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Material Impulse: A Confluence of Clay Artists

GVG Contemporary is delighted to present “Material Impulse | a Confluence of Clay Artists,” an exhibition that surveys contemporary ceramics by regional ceramic artists. This exhibition is a collaboration between guest curator Robert Michael Siracusa, who is an Arizona curator and gallerist, and GVG Contemporary in Santa Fe.

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Plates, Platters, and Nothing Else Matters

I am sending these two platters to Long Beach Island, NJ for a National Juried exhibition titled "Plates, Platters, and Nothing Else Matters." I'm so excited that Garth Johnson selected two of my platters for the exhibition! Can't wait to see more photos from the exhibition. If you're in the area please stop by before July 20, 2017.

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AMOCA Video

During the opening night of the tran.si.tions exhibition, I was asked to give a 20-minute talk on Don Reitz and my experience working with him. I had originally started with 88 slides and worked it down to just over 25. It was a full house during the talk, however, looking back I think everything went pretty well. Thankfully AMOCA recorded the whole thing and put it up on YouTube.

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Coconino Community College Art Faculty Exhibition


Featured CCC faculty artists in the exhibit are: Hope Barnett, Joe Cornett, Don Fethkenher, Elaine Dillingham, Jeremy Gemetta, Trace Glau, Alan Petersen, Bennett Roti, James Schroeder and Barbara Sheeley.


The exhibit will feature photography, oil and acrylic paintings, watercolor paintings, wood work, ceramics and more.

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Soft Slab Construction From Simple to Complex

I will be teaching a workshop at the Sedona Arts Center in April. I'm really looking forward to meeting new people around the area and sharing my work with the ceramic community. If you're interested in signing up for the class, details can be found below. 

April 7–8, 2017

Friday and Saturday - April 7th and 8th , 2017
All Levels | Ceramics Studio| 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.


This workshop demystifies working with soft slabs and deals with the essential components in creating unique slab-built objects. Workshop participants will learn the basics of constructing objects with clay slabs and tar-paper patterns. The presenter will cover necessary techniques...

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