Post Hurricane Irene

As I write this entry from our home in Buxton I can look out and see the toll of Irene on the forest around us; the trees have been stripped of leaves, pines turned orange from salt spray, dead trees knocked over.  Samantha and I returned to the Island Sunday night after 10 days of evacuation.

Samantha and I arrived at the new emergency ferry dock in Stumpy point at dusk.  We joined the half dozen cars already lined up, waiting our turn to board and make the two hour ride from the very desolate area of stumpy point to Rodanthe.  As we waited in line amongst the mosquitoes we began to catch up with neighbors and friends, swapping stories and information. It was great to see familiar faces and to hear good news from others.  The ride across the sound was beautiful in the setting sun and exhilarating for Samantha who got to re-connect with her best toddler buddy.  We arrived to the Island in darkness and immediately we could see the remnants of hurricane destruction; 4 foot piles of debris on both sides of the highway greeted us like a morbid parade that included appliances, furniture, and scraps of wood intermingled with loads of sea grass. 

I have the luxury of returning to a home that has been unscathed.  My attention can be turned to our business which was flooded with about 18 inches of water and to my island neighbors to see what we can do to help them.  Gary remained on Hatteras for the storm working diligently right up to the first winds securing and stowing items and preparing for what we expected would be some of the worst flooding we had ever seen, and turned out to be some of the worst flooding long time island residents had ever experienced.

 Preparations for teh storm included  putting everything and anything in teh studio  up atleast three feet or higher.  This included taking apart the kilns and raising them, while we were doing this, we were at the saem time time trying to do business as normal, until the last visitors would be evacuated.  Now 12 days after the storm we are still cleaning up and assessing the damage, and the impact of losing several weeks of business. 

Thank you to everyone who sent us emails and facebook messages with your concern, we have been touched. We are happy to report that the first kiln load will be fired this week which will included customers pottery painted just before the storm and pottery that we donated to “kids camp” an impromptu day of fun arranged for kids who were hearing during the storm.  As we try to get back to a new sense of normalcy, we want to also take a moment to thank you for your support!

To help us breathe life back into our business and get busy doing what we love we are offering great sales on our art work and glass fusion supplies.  Take advantage of these post Hurricane Irene specials and pick up some great gifts for those upcoming birthdays not to mention some early Christmas shopping! Friend us on facebook and take advantage of daily deals happening this month!


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About Carolyn Schena

Studio 12 is a working studio and gallery owned and operated by husband and wife artists Gary and Carolyn Schena. The Schenas' art work includes pottery, glass fusion and mixed media. Located in Avon, North Carolina on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, studio 12 welcomes all ages to paint pottery, make mosaics or try glass fusion. The Studio 12 gallery is filled with hand Crafted American art with a focus on North Carolina Artists.

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