During our trip to the USA our project was lucky to get into wonderful place - Long Island University Post that is 2 hours’ journey from New York. It stands out because you suddenly get covered by a huge scale territory and incredibly fresh air. Lots of small one-storied buildings, sports grounds, fields won’t leave any traveller tired of city hustle and bustle cold.
And now our car is approaching one of the tiny houses where a workshop is hidden. Several people of different races and nationalities (most of them do not almost speak English) are tending to their own affairs. We have got to potter’s kingdom – it can be concluded through abundance of clay and drying out figurines; it speaks for itself. While our group is being told about things and methods taught here, I am going to peep at process of creation of new works of art. Suddenly I notice a man decently standing apart from the fuss, he is putting a clay bust into shape, by confident movements of his hands. One minute later I get to know his name – Den Christoffel. He is artist, sculptor, graphic artist, lecturer of one of the most world famous museums (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), also tutor of many  modern genius artists and sculptors that devoted more than 40 years to art teaching. By the way, his favorite activity is creating images of historical persons, from Ancient Rome to modernity. Among his last works there are– sculptures of horses of Theodor Roosevelt and more than 40 sketches and oil paintings of Abraham Lincoln.

One more interesting person we met with was Dasha Bazanova. After being certified as economist in MGIMO she decided to move to New York to plug away at something that she had been keen on for a long time – art.  At first her education helped her to settle down in a new place (she used to do sales at FESCO Integrated Transport), then she decided to dedicate to studying in the Long Island University Post. Out-of-the-box thinking of Dasha is fully developed in her whole creativity, be it modeling of strange monkeys, creation of installations of burn wood or ‘digger’ pictures. Now she is searching exhibition spaces and agencies. We hope she will manage all she wants. 

There should be some meetings and master classes arranged by LIU but it was time to get back to the “big land”. While leaving University you feel some hardly noticed melancholy: surrounding people smiling and granting hospitable warmth; all these white houses, beautiful sunset – this will be missing in noisy New York. Nevertheless, it is another story.