Digging for bugs, scanning the mountain landscape for fallen forest debris, sketching. It’s all in a day’s work for Wilderness Workshop artist-in-resdience Jason Kishell.

The Houston-based ceramicist is the latest artist to come to town through the Carbondale conservation watchdog’s residency program. Kishell, 38, is holed up in Woody Creek for 10 days through Aug. 8. While he’s here, Kishell plans to collect samples of invertebrates and pine wood borers in the local forest – the insects that he brings to life in playful and mischievous mugs, cups, goblets and other vessels that double as sculpture.

“I’m really going to be exploring over my time in Aspen,” he says. “Doing a lot of hiking to get as much information as possible.”

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